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Tired of Your Old Fireplace?

Posted on: July 22, 2009

Unfortunately, replacing a fireplace can be an expensive and dirty job, so if you are tired of your old fireplace, there are a few small changes you can make that will be dramatic enough to make it look brand new.

Refinishing or replacing the mantle is the most obvious way to give yourself a new look.  If you have a cedar, rough hewn mantle, imagine the change if you replaced it with light marble, granite, or even  highly polished fruitwood.  If you have a light finish wood mantle, just staining it a darker color may be all the change you need!

Fireplace screens can also alter your look.  If you have a black wrought iron, traditional screen and tools, change it to a modern, brass and glass or brass and wrought iron look.  Or add glass doors. And then change your accessories!

Did you have a tall vase with pussy willows in it on the corner of your hearth?  Replace it with a tall brass egret, or a curled up ceramic dog!  And what did you have on your mantle?  Was it a collection of plates or some other countryish thing that blended well with your iron poker?  How about some beautiful plants in brass bowls, or some exotic sculptures?

Don’t forget to change the wall hanging you had over the mantle.  A different painting that defines the new theme you’ve designed for your fireplace will complete the picture.  Or leave the wall bare and use tall and dramatic accessories on the mantle. You won’t even recognize your fireplace when you’ve finished!


1 Response to "Tired of Your Old Fireplace?"

These are some great ideas! Changing your decor to a more modern look doesn’t have to be really expensive. Just a few touches here and there will do the trick. It’s all in the detail!

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