Quick and Easy Brick Fireplace Makeover

Mondays are the worst so I thought we’d brighten things up with part 2 of our brick fireplace makeover and a fun giveaway. You can read about part 1, where we gave the mantel a makeover, here.

Before we get to the fun part, the giveaway (at the bottom of this post), let’s talk about the makeover we did on our brick fireplace. 

With just a little bit of paint and a few hours you can freshen up a builder basic fireplace by doing this easy DIY brick fireplace makeover | Chatfield Court

I was excited to have a fireplace in the living room but that excitement quickly faded when we realized it was in the only space that could hold our tv. After a lot of discussion, and I mean a lot, we decided that the only place for the tv was over the fireplace. Not my first choice but, when you live in a small space, you do what you gotta do. 

Quick and easy fireplace makeover www.chatfieldcourt.comThe mantel was very shallow, and not wide enough to hold our tv, so we did what any good DIYer would do…

We slapped a piece of plywood up on the mantel, hooked the tv up and called it done. 

Quick and easy fireplace makeover www.chatfieldcourt.comIt stayed this way for 6 months until I couldn’t stand to look at it one any longer. 

Quick and easy fireplace makeover www.chatfieldcourt.com

I won’t go into all of the details again but after a bit of sleuthing for a solution and then for the perfect piece of wood, the mantel was looking 100% better, the tv fit and we were able to ditch the plywood.

Quick and easy fireplace makeover, new mantel | Chatfield Court

Now that the mantel was done, it was time to give the brick a makeover.

When we moved into the house the brick surround was painted black and there were propane logs hooked up (with about 20 years of dog hair and dust). It was dirty, dusty and completely gross. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but I knew it needed to be cleaned up so I took away the screen, removed the gas logs and gave the firebox a much needed cleaning. 

Quick and easy fireplace makeover, before www.chatfieldcourt.com

I lived with the surround painted black for months, trying to figure out what I wanted to do, but inspiration never hit. Once the mantel was done, though, I knew I wanted to freshen up the surround, if only temporarily until a better idea popped up, so I decided to give it a fresh coat of paint.

Before any paint went up on the brick, I donned my snazzy yellow rubber gloves and gave the surround a thorough cleaning with hot water and TSP. 

Quick and easy fireplace makeover, cleaning www.chatfieldcourt.com

The rest was easy. A few of hours and a couple of coats of the same paint that was used on the mantel, SW Alabaster, and the brick fireplace makeover was done.

Quick and easy fireplace makeover, surround www.chatfieldcourt.com

It only took 6 months and a little bit of paint but it’s looking so much better and brighter. 

A super easy DIY brick fireplace makeover that can be done in a few hours with just a little bit of paint | Chatfield CourtThe walls are on the list for paint (eventually) so that will change things too. 

I still want to do something fun to the surround but I can live with this…for now. 

An easy DIY brick fireplace makeover that can be done in a few hours with just a bit of paint | Chatfield CourtDIY brick fireplace makeover that can be done in a few hours with just a bit of paint | Chatfield Court

Ok, enough with the projects, let’s have some fun with a giveaway for a $50 HomeGoods gift card. Yay!!!

This isn’t a sponsored post, it’s just a little something from me as a way to say thank you for your support. Thank you for coming back every time I post and thank you for sharing yourselves with me through your emails and comments. I treasure this little community we have created together. 

Because this is from me, there are no hoops to jump through to enter. To earn 2 entries, simply leave a comment telling me what you would buy at HomeGoods if you won the giveaway and click on the “Leave a blog post comment” in the giveaway box that you commented. The giveaway runs for 1 week and I’ll contact the winner by email. 

Good luck!!!!

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Check out a couple of other projects we’ve been doing around the house

DIY floating shelves in the bathroom using reclaimed wood | Chatfield Court

DIY Faux Floating Shelves

An easy DIY makeover on a kitchen island using paint | Chatfield Court

Easy Kitchen Island Makeover


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90 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Brick Fireplace Makeover

  1. I would love to know how you attached the wood piece to the top of your mantel as I have the same issue – – very narrow mantel. Thanks!!

  2. I love your white fireplace. Helps me firm up my plans to paint my own red brick fireplace, which is in a dark room, to update and lighten the space. I love Homegoods and usually go first to the lamps and furniture. Always on the lookout for fabulous lamps to update my spaces.

  3. Brenda, Florida

    I love how the fireplace looks fresh and bright! I have lived in my “cozy little cottage” for 3 1/2 years and still have a blank wall in my little dining area, I have looked and looked, but just haven’t found the right thing, so I would look for a wall piece that fits my beachy cottage look. Have a good week and thanks for the chance of a reward.

  4. Just redid our fireplace and mantel too. Yours turned out beautiful. Looking for accessories to finish off the room, so Home Goods is my place always a favorite of mine. Enjoy your projects!

  5. I too lived with a less than lovely fireplace for several years. I convinced the hubs to paint it & the results were beyond amazing. We sorta whitewashed our gray stone & added some taupe. Now I need some spring decor from Home Goods to freshen it up.

  6. Your fireplace looks great, Kristi. The extra piece of wood needed to hold your TV actually was a wonderful addition to the mantel. It looks like it’s always been there. Like it belongs. Well done! Thanks for the generous giveaway, Krist. If I won I’d buy new towels for our bathroom. I’ve had the same ones for more years than I care to reveal and would love to have some pretty new ones for our (still new 🙂 bath. Hugs, Nancy

  7. I go t Home Goods every chance I get! I am on the hunt for a black and white stripped pitcher. I have the red and one and the yellow one. Our kitchen/pub room is black and white. We have a garden window above our sink. Great spot for decorating!
    I just love reading all of your inspirational blogs! Keeps my mind very active!

  8. Your fireplace makeover has come out beautifully! Beefing up that mantle and painting the brick really made a huge difference, well done. I am a Homegoods junkie too, right now I am currently looking for new table clothes for the kitchen and dinning room tables. Thank you for sharing and inspiring, and for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

  9. Hello, I also love what you did.I Love Home Goods,we have to travel a bit to get to one,but will,becuse they have great stuff! I need things to help me get organized.Keep up the good work. Thanx,Martha

  10. Everything you do, looks fabulous! I am so glad I found your blog. I am seriously addicted to Home Goods, I have been looking to purchase a spring wreath!

  11. Thank you for such a nice giveaway opportunity! I would use the giftcard for some nice dinnerware. I could really use some nice dishes! Your fireplace looks fantastic!

  12. I’ve love everything you’ve done to this cute little home and it’s coziness really appeals to my sense of what a home should be. The fireplace makeover is such an improvement. Good call on both the mantle and painting the brick.
    I love Home Goods but have to limit my trips there in order to have money left over to feed myself and my dog (just kidding). Should I win your giveaway, I would look for new bedding for my bedroom. Did I mention I have a dog? A big dog? 77 pounds of dog who sleeps with me at night on a queen sized bed? Requires frequent replacement of bedding, trust me, and Home Goods never disappoints. Thanks for the opportunity.

  13. I love Home Goods. I am looking for something (wire basket) for fruit. I am also looking for something to give my grand daughter to decorate her bedroom for her birthday.

  14. What I would buy at Home Goods, if I should win. Well, to being with I would shop the throw pillow aisle. I need some new throw pillows in my living room. Then I would head over to the Spring Décor section to find something cute for Easter or Spring.
    Love the look of your fireplace. What a clean fresh start to Spring right there!
    Love your blog. Keep up your good work!!!

  15. Love the fresh look of the fireplace. If I won I would buy a bathroom mirror. I do not have a mirror in the entire place except a hand mirror. LOL Not much of a primper obviously. Moving into a new place I have a long list of things to buy.

  16. Your fireplace looks amazing. I love the white. You are a worked bee for sure. HomeGoods huh? Oh boy, I could go crazy in that store, but I would probably walk out with a few cake plates. I have a weakness. 😉 Fun giveaway!!

  17. I just recently downsized and am trying to find a new more casual style for our 1926 home. I’d probably enjoy finding some great accessories for Spring at Homegoods!

  18. Fireplaces are such wonderful features – I’m lucky enough to have one – but they can be such huge design challenges if they’re from another era. Love how you address yours to make it work for the TV and updated the brick to create an appealing area in your living room. I’m a huge HomeGoods fan so settling on just one thing I would buy is tough, but I think I’d put the gift card toward some fresh, new accent pillows and perhaps some fun new table linens to celebrate spring!

  19. I, too, have a narrow mantel & have been frustrated with it for 6 years!! I am so happy you tackled this problem on your’s so I can see how easily it is fixed! Hubby won’t be happy, but I will! Thanks again & blessings to you & your new home!

  20. I am loving your fireplace makeover! At Home Goods, I would purchase some wall art. We just repainted and I got rid of all my old and looking to refresh with new!

  21. I am always on the hunt for the perfect throw pillows for my couch. They are an easy accessory to update that make a big change in the look of a room!

  22. I was just in Homegoods, I guess I have Lemons on my mind for decorating this spring, I purchased 2 boxes of faux lemons, two kitchen towels with a beautiful lemon print made in Portugal, and a nice pure white cotton throw (no lemons on it) also made in Portugal! There were a couple lemon printed design tablecloths, also made in Portugal that I was swooning over, but they were too small! I’ve got to check out the other Homegoods stores nearby to see what they have for tablecloths! I wish everyone good luck!

  23. Hi. If I won I think I would just shop around for usual items. I like items that start a conversation and have interest. I also enjoy their snack food stuff there. Thanks.

  24. It’s time for some new planters and outdoor candles! And thanks for the inspiration! I finally re-did the interior of my fireplace. Dirty work, but my gas logs needed a good scrub.

  25. The mantel does look very fresh! If I won…actually I would buy something for my mantel! I have been searching for inspiration myself on what to do with the top to hike my cords and make it look pretty!

  26. Beautiful fireplace makeover! Love it! Thanks for the opportunity to win the Home Goods gift card. My family room is dark and could use some type of lamp to brighten up the evenings.

  27. The best part of shopping at Home Goods is just seeing all the wonderful things they have for sale! I would make my choice after shopping for hours!

  28. I love the fireplace transformation and especially love the small stool with the pitcher of tulips.
    At Home Goods I would purchase bedding for my granddaughter. She wants a room redo. She will be in middle school in September.

  29. Oh Home Goods! Love that place! There is so much to choose from. Right now I am looking for a large piece to hang over my sofa, so that would be my first thing to look for. Then it’s whatever else catches my eye! Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. Thank you so much for linking at overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for WonderfulWednesday or ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

  31. So glad I stumbled across this! I have a brick fireplace and it needs work.. it was painted years and years ago. It’s a cream color now but I really want to do something different. Could I send you a picture of it and you give me your thoughts? Lol. My precious Nana passed away last year and I am left with a lot of home improvements that need to be done. It’s a tough job being only 25 with no home experience, lol. xo

    • Hi Starla. I’m so sorry about your Nana.

      Glad you found Chatfield Court. Home improvement can be overwhelming for anybody. I certainly feel that way a lot of times too. Please send me a photo of the fireplace and the room as a whole. I’d love to see if we can get you some home improvement experience under your belt. 😉

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