March 29, 2018

This Budget-Friendly Fireplace Makeover Delivers Vintage Charm In Spades

H&H digital editor Adena Leigh shares an inside look at her fireplace makeover.

Last spring, my husband and I purchased our first home. We fell for its friendly blue door, charming kitchen and leafy backyard, but there was one feature we were less than in love with: the fireplace. Due to an unfortunate ’90s renovation, the original brick mantel was covered with drywall, and the gas insert was too small for the scale of the surround. It was a far cry from the beautiful fireplaces we’d seen in other 100-year-old houses.

Working with a first-time homeowner’s wallet, I was determined to bring the character back. I looked to the original mantel for inspiration, and kept the current structure to stay on budget. Our new fireplace nods to the past while still feeling contemporary, and it changes the feel of our entire main floor. Colorful decor and greenery keep it looking fresh no matter the season — even if we don’t turn on the heat until fall. Here’s an inside look at the design process from start to finish…

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Author: Adena Leigh

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