There’s something about time around the fireplace that warms your spirit as it warms your toes. Get the most out of your fireplace this season by finally getting around to your fall fireplace spruce ups that you’ve been meaning to do all summer long in anticipation of the cooler season. But it’s hard to think about warming up when it’s so warm outside, isn’t it? Now that we can feel a little tinge of cool in the air in the morning and in the evening, we’re envisioning cozy days and nights by the fire. Read on for maintenance tips and ideas on how to make your fireplace more aesthetically pleasing (ahem, paint, naturally!)…
Above image: Norman Design Group
Photo: Bird House Interiors
Gloss is the boss.
Make your fireplace really POP as the center of attention in your room with a glossy paint, like this one by Valspar in Kettle Black.
Whether you choose a gloss or another type of paint, though, giving your fireplace a fresh coat of paint will do wonders. Be careful if you’re thinking of painting your brick fireplace yourself, though, as this isn’t just a simple DIY project. Brick requires some extra thought and preparation. In our opinion, it’s best to call in a professional painter for this fireplace painting project.
Here’s another example of painted brick fireplace from The Decorologist:
Fire it up.
If your fireplace looks like this one that Distinctive Mantel Designs tackled, then you might consider a total remodel….
Besides just making it more aesthetically pleasing, a great-looking fireplace area will add major resale value to your home when it comes time. Check out the after of this project below:
Unbelievable, right?! Let this be an example of how big a change you can make with your fall fireplace spruce ups if you’re really looking to switch things up and remodel.
Okay, so if you already have a decent fireplace or recently updated the paint, and just want to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. Here are some fireplace maintenance tips from the pros that you should do each year before you light it up:
- If you never cleaned up the old ashes from the last cold season, remove all ashes from the fireplace and give it a good clean sweep to start fresh.
- If you have soot and fire stains, spray a mixture of soapy water and let it stay on the surface for about 30 minutes or so. Once the residue has softened up, use a stiff wire brush to scrub it. You might need to do this a few times if the stains are tough to remove.
- Book a chimney maintenance service. These professionals will check that your chimney cap is in good condition and not clogged with debris, make sure the masonry and mortar isn’t cracked or flaking and that the flashing where the chimney meets the roof is watertight and more.
If you’d like help remodeling or painting your fireplace, please let us know! We’d love to help you with your project.