Sometimes, it’s not the $30,000 makeover that sells a house. A dated-looking house can be brought to market in stunning fashion for a couple bucks and a few hours of work. Our own Marilyn Osborne shares her secret fireplace makeover that turned her fireplace from “Dated 80s” to “Modern” in a weekend! A quick $75 fix like this could add as much as $10,000 to the sale price of your home!
Thoroughly clean the fireplace using a brush and cleaning solution. A bucket of warm water and a squirt of Palmolive detergent should do the drick. Let dry overnight.
Purchase 1 quart Behr Premium Plus Paint & Primer in One (interior flat enamel) in the color of your choice. For our project, we used Seaside Sand.
Mix in a large spray bottle: 1 PART paint and 3 PARTS water.
Start at the top of the fireplace and spray along while holding a cloth underneath the spray. Keep the spray thin to show the beauty of the bricks underneath.
Use dentil molding trim for the mantle in any style that you like. Can be purchased at Home Depot or any other hardware stores.
TOTAL SPENT: $75
TOTAL TIME: 3 hours!
This easy project can add to the curb appeal and value of your home. Fireplaces and chimneys are extremely expensive to replace; this tip can do the job for < $100!
SIX MONTHS LATER:
It still looks like the day it was painted!