Updating an old fireplace tick dating non smoker
Our book on Fireplace Remodeling goes into detail on how to apply backer board to a painted brick fireplace so that you can attach the tile securely to the surface.If you would rather buy a mantel than build it, this shelf mantel is a good alternative.
This cinder block fireplace in a downstairs family room had been stained over time and was in need of a face-lift. A small mantel was added to the fireplace to update it and tie in with the crown moulding.
The result was quite elegant and looked like it had been there for 100 years (Never mind that the house is only 50 years old). In remodeling the fireplace, the surface can be stripped off.
If you are planning on doing this yourself, please remove only the surface and do not touch the underlying brick.
Additionally, we were desperately short of storage for such mundane things as newspapers waiting for recycling day, games, and art supplies for the children.
We used to walk through the front door and just cringe at the pink monster that was the center piece of our home.
This is mantel was built buy us, but you can also buy a nice pre-made mantel and have it custom-sized for your fireplace.