• Madison

DIY Fireplace Makeover

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

Hey y'all!


Any of you watch Fixer Upper or get on Pinterest and just want to renovate your whole home? Like if you just knock out all the walls and add shiplap you'll be living your best life? Well, that's me. Only two issues - 1. I'm not Joanna Gaines (unfortunately) and 2. I don't have an unlimited budget (also unfortunately).


The good thing is that there are plenty of "renovations" or DIY makeovers you can do to take little steps towards the home of your dreams! I wanted to share how we transformed our old ugly fireplace for less than $30 and under 2 hours of work. Yep, you heard me right. $30 and 2 hours. Take that Chip and Joanna.



So above is a photo of our fireplace (left the dead flowers there for dramatic effect). Dark green tile. Like, who would even? So to Pinterest I went, trying to figure out SOMETHING I could do without having to pay someone to come in and replace all the tile. I found this Home Depot blog post where they used Smart Tiles and just placed them over the existing tile. It looked GORGEOUS! I was so excited. However, me loving a good deal, decided to go with a cheaper version of vinyl tile that's meant for flooring, and it was an epic fail. The tiles just wouldn't stick and were hard to cut. If you're willing to spend a little more though, this would be a great option. I've linked the post here.


So after a mental breakdown and consoling from my loving boyfriend (don't judge, we've all been there), I was determined to find something that worked. We did some more research and discovered an article online where a girl tried chalk paint. No primer, just one can of chalk paint. Sounded way too good to be true, but we went for it anyways. Y'all - it was perfect! See below on the step by step off how we did it (it's a whole like 3 steps).


  1. Wiped the tile down with a wet rag and just water. This is very important as you don't want to paint over any dust or impurities. Then make sure the surface is completely dry before you get started.

  2. Tape around the fireplace and the grout if you want to leave it the original color (we decided to paint over the grout for a more clean matte finish).

  3. Get to painting! We used this mini roller from home depot so it allowed us to get in to the crevices. The box it comes in doubles as a paint try so that saves you a couple $$. We also bought a cheap small brush to help with the grout. See below for links to all of our supplies!


4. Two to three coats - and you're done! The paint dried so fast that I was able to start the second coat immediately! No primer, $30, 2 hours, and a little fall decor and VOILA! This outdated fireplace turned into one of my favorite areas in the house!





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