Simple Fireplace Makeover…

I’ve always wanted a cozy family room with a brick fireplace… But this is definitely NOT what I had in mind.  What on earth was someone thinking when they decided to install this lovely pink, orange and grey granite on only select surfaces of their red brick fireplace?!?!  I’m sure this will remain a mystery to us all.  Either way, there was no chance this could remain in my home!  Here’s the before picture so you can fully appreciate the severity of the situation…

Fireplace Before - Edited

I knew the simple solution was to paint the brick white… but how??  How do I get this ugly granite off without destroying the brick underneath, and how do I help this very sad undersized and outdated mantel?  I had no idea!  But what did I have to lose?  So… I took a deep breath and went all “Demo-Day” on my poor fireplace!  I will admit that I had to enlist the help of a couple strong men because slabs of granite this size weigh over 300 pounds!  I am brave, but I am not superman!  Turns out the granite was held in place by some strong adhesive.  I was able to break it free with a crowbar (causing absolutely no damage to my brick, thank goodness!!) and my strong friends carried it away for me.  The remaining adhesive had to be scraped away with a blade (that was boring and tedious) and then sanded down to remove every last bit.  You can be a picky as you like.  As for the mantel, I just ripped that bad boy down and tossed it in trash!  I described my vision to my husband and had him build me a new one.  Having a handy husband is very helpful for a DIY house wife!  Well, without further ado, here’s the finished project…

Fireplace After - Edited

A little paint, a new mantel, and few decorations and I finally have that cozy fireplace I’ve always wanted!  If you love my rustic mantel, check out my next blog and I’ll show you how to build one of your own!

P.S.  If you like the mantel and hearth decor, here’s where you can find it…


Ivory Lantern: Marshalls $16

Marquee Amperstamp:  Steinmart $50


California Wine Region Map: $30 (My husband built the frame)


Wooden Crate: HomeGoods $12

Fireplace Tools and Stand: Lowes $60



2 thoughts on “Simple Fireplace Makeover…

  1. I love what you did with the fireplace! And please don’t take this next comment to offense, but i recently saw a friend re-do her fireplace brick and they used white pant then wash it with a wet wash cloth… Just google images, the outcome is awesome and i could totally picture this as soon as i saw your mantle! Of course if the all white is your thing, by all means rock it! I just wanted to throw this suggestion out there because your other decor made me think of it and would look awesome together! 🙂


    1. Good morning, and thank you so much for your comment! I love to hear new ideas and suggestions! I LOVE the whitewash/distressed look, but I was worried the orange brick would show through in this case. What do you think? Do you have any pictures of your friend’s fireplace that you can share? I’d love to see how it turned out! Thanks again for your comment!

      Jamie 🙂


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