DIY Fireplace Makeover

If anyone knows me well they know that I’ve hoped to change our fireplace since we moved in a few years ago. But with the extension taking priority, it’s just dropped down the list.

This year we started pricing the replacement and decided it was a bit too spenny for us right now. The dream is to remove what’s there completely and replace with a lovely surround and an electric log burner with some gorgeous slate tiles. Oh well – a project to look forward to in future.

As we are mid way through a lounge make over (new sofas, furniture and fitted units) we decided to give the fireplace a little glow up! I did some research and found some ideas on Pinterest to change the granite from the deep cream to something more fresh and modern. And that’s where it all begin – fireplace makeover was a-go!

The fireplace before

We firstly sprayed the brass elements with Rustoleum stove spray in black. We actually could have gotten away with a more basic product as the fire isn’t in use so the paint didn’t need to be heat resistant, but we gave this a whirl and it turned out well. A couple of spray coats outside in the garden made the world of difference straight away.

Brass be gone! Hello matte black!

Then we painted the surround. I’m terribly indecisive when choosing paint colours but this time we had some Farrow & Ball Plummet leftover from the bathroom unit so we gave it a couple of coats and already it was looking better.

Finally came the tricky part – the sticky coating to cover the cream granite. We bought a couple of roll lengths from Wilko and hoped for the best. Ben dedicated a Saturday morning to it and quickly realised that how he started to apply it (from the inside out) wasn’t working too well and he wanted to start again. Another trip to Wilko and a couple more rolls later, take 2! This time Ben fitted it from the outside in, constantly smoothing with a squeegee. The back panel went on a dream but the base took a little more patience.

All in all the fireplace glow up cost us about £25 including the heat resistant spray and the extra rolls of adhesive film. We really do feel it has changed the room and we are so happy with it. No it’s not our long term plan but it’s a great solution for now! What do you think?

The finished product!

The products we used are all linked below:

Rustoleum stove spray – black

D C Fix Marmi grey adhesive film

Farrow & Ball Plummet

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