Updating an old fireplace
The remodeled fireplace design matched the custom cabinets and bookshelves in the room.
The updated fireplace design tied nicely into the decor in the room.
There is more about how to do this safely in our book Remodeling a Fireplace.
Once the stone is removed, the fireplace can be faced in tile, brick, or another type of stone facade. Needless to say, this one change of fireplace facing completely transformed their living room.
Scroll down to see some fun before and after pictures. It made the room feel small because of its mass and the fireplace lacked style. The mass was reduced by using textured sheetrock above the fireplace mantel to match the existing walls.
This cinder block fireplace in a downstairs family room had been stained over time and was in need of a face-lift. A small mantel was added to the fireplace to update it and tie in with the crown moulding.