Cheap Fireplace Renovation gets BIG Return!

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!


fireplace before renovation

Step 1:

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.

Step 2: 

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.

Step 3:

Mix in a large spray bottle: 1 PART paint and 3 PARTS water.

Step 4: 

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.

Step 5:

Use dentil molding trim  for the mantle in any style that you like. Can be purchased at Home Depot or any other hardware stores.


Fireplace After


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!


It still looks like the day it was painted!

Fireplace June 2013 1

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