Updating old brick fireplace
Think using real stone is the only way to get this look? Today's cast-stone veneer looks a lot like the real thing, with styles ranging from stacked stone to river rock.And if its nicer price tag makes it an option that's hard to pass up, the DIY-friendly installation will seal the deal.
See How to Get Your Firebrick in Shape for all the tools and steps you need to learn how to update your fireplace.
Sure, it flaunts the grand shelf, the carved legs—it's the frame around the flames. It's the hearth that's always been there, an ornate buffer between the fire and the shag rug.
Consider jazzing things up with some colorful new tiles.
You can change the whole look of a fireplace—and the room—in one or two weekends.
For full step-by-step instructions, see How to Tile a Hearth.As a focal point, a fireplace can set the tone for the whole style of a room.