Belgian Chic in a 1970's RanchShabby-chic Style Living Room, Nashville
Melanie G Photography
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For other fireplace decorating ideas, look to ceramics (like plates and other china), glass vases, fresh flowers, certificates, plaques, trophies, statuettes, candles, jars, bookends, firewood (a particularly attractive log off the pile), stones, fireplace tools and lamps.
5. Can you DIY? While cleaning your chimney could be a DIY project for someone capable of and knowledgeable about home repair, it’s not recommended. It’s a dirty, difficult and potentially dangerous job. Think ladders, rooftops and even animals. The CSIA notes that birds and small animals think your chimney looks like a hollow tree in which to set up housekeeping. Sweeps often find chimneys literally packed full of leaves, twigs and baby animals. “We’ve found everything from raccoons, possums, kittens and birds of all kinds, even a peacock once,” Lovsteen says. Beyond dealing with critters, Lovsteen says the most important thing for DIYers is to make sure to clean off any creosote and debris that may have collected on top of the smoke shelf. “You can’t just brush the chimney,” he says. “You have to reach up and vacuum the smoke shelf, otherwise one errant spark lands on top of the smoke shelf and the whole thing can go up. It’s really important.”
Easily flammable. Not that anyone is forecasting a home fire, but cotton’s flammability is something to take into consideration, especially if you have a wood-burning fireplace in the vicinity of cotton-upholstered furniture.See more fabric guides: Chintz | Ticking Stripe | Velvet | Grain Sacks | Crewel | Matelassé | Linen | Silk | Damask | Wool
12. Remodel Your FireplaceReplacing a fireplace wall is mostly an aesthetic choice, but if yours is a commanding focal point in your room, then it could be worth the time and effort for an overhaul. Plus, an updated fireplace can also increase resale value.Cost: Drywalling over a brick fireplace could run about $1,500. A 6-foot-wide floor-to-ceiling paint-grade oak or poplar fireplace with a tiled hearth could run around $2,000. Wrapping an entire fireplace wall in stone and adding a custom mantel could run around $9,000. See the full project
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I like the arch on this fireplace.