Fireplace Before & After

I am super excited to share our fireplace before and after!! This was the first big project we tackled in the #hodumfixerupper. And it was a process. The hubs is handy, but we have never done anything like this before. And since the living room was pretty much un-livable until it was done, it was our first project.



This is what the fireplace looked like before.


The tile was cracked. The people that lived there before us had three small children. I was afraid for my dogs to get hurt by the broken tile.

Plus it was ugly and the mantle was too small. It all had to go.


The mirror that was GLUED to the wall left a lot of damage. So the hubs had to redo a lot of it. Pretty bad, right?


Here is the after:



I am so pleased with the way it came out! I had seen two ideas on Pinterest that I wanted to combine, but I was a little nervous. Truthfully, I told the hubs I really just wanted Joanna’s (as in Gaines, as in Fixer Upper) approval. Oddly enough, the next episode of Fixer Upper that we watched she did something similar! (Please don’t judge me, this kind of stuff really isn’t my thing).



Vase  / Topiaries / Flower Box (similar – mine came from HomeGoods) / Candle Stick Holder


So after tearing everything out (a frightening experience), we put in the brick. (we had someone come do the brick since neither of us have brick experience and we were not messing that up). The bottom is regular brick, and around the fireplace are brick pavers that is about an inch thick. We left the original glass doors, but we did spray paint them black. Then I white washed the brick (I am going to do a how to post on that soon. It is super easy!)


We ordered the mantle from Mantles Direct. The fireplace surround came from Lowes (unfortunately I don’t see it online anymore).


Since we have vaulted ceilings, I really wanted to do something to give the space above the fireplace some interest, but we were planning to put our tv there, so it couldn’t be too much. So we did shiplap (have I mentioned how much I love Fixer Uppers?). The hubs installed the shiplap himself (with some help from my dad).


So that is the first of our many, many projects! Hopefully everything turns out as good as the fireplace.


Have a great day!


  1. Shannon says

    Omg it turned out sooooo amazing! I love the shiplap with the brick! Our first project in our house was the fireplace too! They definitely make a statement!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

  2. says

    UM…. Is this for real?! I’m SO IMPRESSED!!! I love this so much! It looks a million times better! Can’t wait to see your next project!

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