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Ways to add sizzle to a fireplace



As we move into the colder months many homeowners are taking a closer look at their fireplace and how it's not a feature but more of an eyesore. A centrally positioned fireplace is one of the easiest ways to add a focal point - if it's attractive to look at...

 

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A built in fireplace is a permanent fixture that comes with a home you buy and you either like it or hate it.

But just because it's built in doesn't mean that you can remove and replace - or add - decorative features to make it more of a feature.

 

 

 

 

Paint a brick fireplace

 

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Depending on the style of your home, painting a brick fireplace allows you to blend a dark brick feature to harmonise with your style. A simple whitewashing technique can instantly update a dreary fireplace into an attractive feature. Click here and here for more information and advice on whitewashing brick.

 

Tiling around a fireplace

 

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A big black hole in the wall doesn't do anything for a room and looks like an unfinished project. Adding a tile surround - whether small or large tiles - will transform that big black hole into an eye-catching feature. Your local Builders Warehouse offer a selection of modern or traditional tile options, as well as all the tools and supplies you will need, to modernise and update a fireplace.

If, on the other hand, you already have a tiled fireplace surround but don't like the look - there's no reason why you can't paint the tiles and surround to fit in with your own personal style.

 

 

There are plenty of other options to consider if tile is not what you had in mind to create a feature or focal point.

You can buy brushed stainless steel or aluminium sheets or varying thickness and glue to to the surround to design a unique contemporary or ultra modern fireplace

Get in touch with the guys at Metals Centre or a supplier in your area, and see the range of metal sheets they have on offer.

 

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And there are many ways to use reclaimed materials as well.

This eye-catching fireplace was created using found pieces of metal.

 

LEFT: Scrap metal was cleaned and converted into an industrial-style fireplace. I think that upcycled tin and aluminium cans would also make a perfect fireplace surround.

 

 

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Plaster finish to fireplace

 

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Where a brick fireplace is not to your liking, you can easily have a plaster finish applied over the top. This not only hides ugly or damaged brickwork, but also updates and fireplace and allows it to blend in with your style.

 

 

 

For the traditionalist or old-fashioned, there's nothing like a beautiful wood-framed fireplace.

 

With all the moulding and trim options available, there's no reason why you can't make your own fireplace surround using pine or hardwoods - depending upon your budget.

 

 

 

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Janice Anderssen