DIY Brick Fireplace Makeover

Let’s face it. The 70’s were all about embracing the red brick fireplace with the golden brass door inserts. Just lovely right? Well when we moved into our current home we are renovating we knew it was not our ideal vision and it desperately needed a makeover as it was a huge eye sore in our family room.

The good news is, you too can remodel your red brick fireplace! The not so good news is there are a lot of options currently available on the market. (Thanks Pinterest! You’re not helping making the decisions any easier.) I swear I spent hours surfing the web thinking of how we were going to tackle this brick fireplace remodel and stay within a certain budget.  BeforeFireplace

Matt and I both know this is not our forever home. Oh! We have big dreams and aspirations lined up for the next five years so that is one of the reasons why we chose the inexpensive route for this fireplace makeover. If we were staying in this home for a long period of time I would have invested in some nice crisp white marble and wooden mantel insert. So dreamy!

As you have probably guessed from our kitchen renovation, we are big fans of keeping things white with clean lines so we decided we were going to repaint the bricks with white paint.Painting the bricks took a couple coats because the bricks soak up the paint really quickly. We recommend using a better quality paint for the bricks. We purchased the Para Paints Premium Primetech Interior brand and were very happy with the results.

We were also tired of having our television on a stand so we decided to invest in a flat screen hanging kit. Although hanging the TV was a pain it was well worth it! Make sure you have a few people helping you install the television. It’s nearly impossible to do it alone. Above the fireplace where the TV hangs Matt wasn’t sure what we should do with the wall space so I thought we could paint it a different colour to give the room a pop of colour.

To each side of the existing fireplace all that was previously
After Firaplaceinstalled were two giant oak wood panels. I’m sure they looked lovely back then but it was time to do something about it! I really wanted some space in our family room to display our family pictures, albums and travel souvenirs. We love to travel and bring along something back to remind us of our trip. From Thailand, we brought back a laughing buddha. From Greece, we purchased a local piece of street art from the island of Mykonos. We have a pair of wooden orange dutch shoes from Amsterdam. You get the point.

Once again, we could have spent thousands on custom cabinetry to make the space look complete but we lucked out! The Billy Bookcases from Ikea Canada were the exact dimensions of the spaces on each side of the fireplace so instead of making custom shelving units were purchased those and installed them to the existing wood panelling. This saved us quite a bit. Not only do they look great but I also purchased the matching frosted white glass doors from Ikea for the bottom of each of the shelving units so I could store away all the electronic cables and our DVD collection. By doing this, the space looks for organized and clean. Matt also drilled a hole through the bricks on the left side of the television so we could hide the cables running from the cabinet to the TV. He also had a power plug installed behind the television for easy plug-in access.

All in all, this renovation was completed quicker than expected this past spring because in the midst of this renovation I ended up going into labour and delivering Adam earlier than expected. Literally the second day I was in the hospital recovering, Matt was at home finishing up this project before our son came home.

All we have left to do in this space is the finishing casing above the ceiling. And we are still considering purchasing a new fireplace glass insert before the snow really starts falling but we are having a hard time deciding which one we like most. Any recommendations??



  1. Love this! You did such a great job! Looks fantastic 🙂

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