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Help Update late '80s fireplace!

ked0505
January 30, 2019

Moved into a home built in the late 1980's and would like to update the fireplace. This is our informal livingroom used to hang out with family and watch tv. Not sure whether to paint the brick, replace or paint/refinish the mantel and/or replace brass door. Open to any and all suggestions

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Comments (9)

  • Diana L
    take the door off, spray paint it black with a Rustoleom spray paint ($3). Reinstall then see how you like it. We did this with our old fireplace and it made all the difference in the world. If you still dont like the brick try white washing it before refacing which is very expensive.
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  • Diana L
    take the door off, spray paint it black with a Rustoleom spray paint ($3). Reinstall then see how you like it. We did this with our old fireplace and it made all the difference in the world. If you still dont like the brick try white washing it before refacing which is very expensive.
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  • Kate

    I like the suggestions to spray-paint the gold doors. However, I'm bothered by that stark white mantle. Painting the brick is not a good idea in my opinion. I would just darken the mantle.

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  • Nancy R
    I agree with Kate. My first reaction was the mantle is too white to go well with the fireplace. it needs repainting in a more medium tone color--perhaps something that goes well with any wood tones in the room or else perhaps pull a color out of the fireplace bricks. Black doors would go well with the fireplace, although the current doors don't look too bad to me.
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  • PRO
    Coates Design Architects Seattle

    I agree to spray the doors, white wash brick and paint mantle a black/brown color with some sheen.

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  • arcy_gw

    I see the white on the mantle refers to the white trim out of your home. Perhaps if we saw the entire room the WHITE of the mantle would not be so stark? I am not sure the mantle's design is your best option. A solid, rough cut timber might modern it all up quite nicely.

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  • PRO
    Norwood Architects

    I agree with others here - if you can replace the fire screen with a dark, cast iron screen or even a free standing dark screen that would freshen the fireplace up. Not so sure about painting it. Wouldn't want it to catch fire during use. There are some paints that advertise as being heat resistant for fireplaces. The mantel seems oversized and really overpowers the fireplace. The dental moulding makes the fireplace seem dated. Recently, on a personal project, I removed dental moulding from a fireplace mantle and replaced it with smaller flat stock moulding. It turned out pretty well and cut down the depth of the mantle to a better proportion. Painted brick is all the rage these days and it does look really nice in most cases. Just know that once painted brick can never be "unpainted". Good luck and please post after photos if you can! Would love to see how it turns out.

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  • PRO
    Amber Homes and Design LLC
    The white mantel above the fireplace looks really good. My recommendations would be to paint the whole fireplace in white wash color ( see product info below). Also, consider to refinish the existing brass fireplace doors with a new Oil Rubbed Bronze finish. The white wash fireplace and Oil Rubbed Bronze doors would go well with your current window treatments, accessories and existing wall color. Good Luck!
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  • PRO
    Scott Hall Remodeling

    First eliminate the gold and see how you like it

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