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Before & After: Gorgeous Fireplace Makeovers

by Lauren Chorpening

Having a fireplace is on the must-have list for most people I know that are house-hunting. It’s a focal point around which to anchor a room — other than a television. It welcomes conversation and encourages guests to stay a little while longer. Depending on the shape they’re in, the era they were built and the materials used, not all fireplaces are automatically cohesive in a space. While they seem untouchable and hard to transform because of their size, character or style, there are actually several ways to update and make-over such a prominent element of a space. These 10 Before & Afters showcase what some imagination can do to create cohesion between a homeowner’s style and the fireplace. –Lauren

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Christine Tuttle resurfaced her client's stone fireplace with a sleek finish that matches the rest of the design aesthetic.
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Tracee Zevan's fireplace was gorgeous to begin with, but it was looking worn. "The agate surround was old and cracked," she explains. "Instead of replacing the surround with new marble, I primed and painted the surround and mantel, and we replaced the hearth with Carrera marble."
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Brooke and Adam's fireplace is brick with a stone inset. They gave it a few coats of bright white and opened up the wall to the left for access into the kitchen.
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Tara and Percy's fireplace had visible heat damage. A few simple coats of Benjamin Moore Black Horizon gave it the modern farmhouse aesthetic of the rest of the house.
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Rita Brownstein's mid-century fireplace was a full wall of bright red brick. She painted the hearth grey and attached stained wood planks over the brick. The process took three days and is a complete transformation.
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Alice and her husband took down a wall to give their fireplace more of a presence in the space. They changed out the basic red brick for a classic white surround with molded details. They preserved the hearth of the original fireplace to mix the old look with the new.
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A dated paneled wall and stone fireplace surround received a bold and cost-effective makeover when Tanya and her husband painted the entire area matte black.
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Jen's fireplace went from a basic taupe tile flat against the wall to a beautiful white surround that extends to the ceiling and includes a mantel.
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Rachel and Tyler Grace built a cover for their brick fireplace and added built-in shelves to add even more character.
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Archie Smart painted the wood surrounding his fireplace a dark onyx color. The red brick feels more modern and stately than ever before.

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