Turn Your Ordinary Fireplace into a Custom Dream
If your current fireplace is the scourge of your home's appearance, take heart. You now have more options than ever for giving your ugly mantel and surrounds a new air of charm and grace, including tile, copper, wood, stainless steel, precast concrete, stone, artificial stone, or faux paint and plasters. You can also use various combinations to create an even more dramatic look and feel. You're limited only by your taste and budget.
If you want a relatively easy and simple solution, your local home improvement store can generally supply an all-wood mantel for around $200 or a complete kit that includes both the mantel and surrounds for $400 or less. That's a comparatively small sum, but your choice of designs will be limited to what they have on hand or can order for you.
Your next choice is to have something custom designed and built, which will easily cost two to four times as much, although it will give you a unique fireplace that helps accomplish exactly the look you want and can afford. That is a viable option if you're really trying to upgrade the entire look of your room, since a fireplace is generally the focal point of a living space.
Faux artist Evan Dahlke applying finishing touches to former white brick fireplace
Faux Contractors/Decorative Room Artists
You can save some money by hiring a contractor that specializes in faux surfaces to turn one form of material into something different. A skilled faux artist can do virtually anything, depending again upon your taste and budget, and their work guarantees that your fireplace will be unique, which is an added bonus, considering their work will generally be considerably less expensive than purchasing the materials they've imitated.
Another cost-saving bonus is that there is usually no demolition work required to add a faux finish. This can save thousands of dollars, as well as a significant amount of time and mess.
The bottom line: if your old fireplace has become a source of frustration to you, you don't have to live with that frustration anymore. Remodeling fireplaces doesn't have to be a huge project that involves lots of mess, time, and money. Take a look at the many choices now available to solve that problem. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
See Inland Coast Painting / Faux Decorative Painters for more ideas about faux finishes. Owner Evan Dahlke turned our ho-hum fireplace into an extraordinary showpiece!
Before pictures of Living Room with Faux Art