Before and After: Fireplace and Mantel

Finally, I have some sunlight to take a few pictures of the fireplace face lift! I am really happy with how it turned out and it changed the mood of the entire room from stark and cold to casual and cozy.

Here is where i first introduced the old, tired fireplace. But let me just give you a little reminder.

Ok, I have kept you waiting long enough...

(Stella wanted her moment in the sun too)

(we are working on the TV situation so don't mind it)

It has made finishing this room so much easier now that it has a totally different vibe. I just can't get enough of it. Hope you guys like it too!
** I'm participating in Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch, come check out all the amazing transformations!
**I am also linked up over at A Soft Place to Land for DYI Day! Come check out the awesome projects.
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*Check out all of the talent over at Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage


  1. Oh wow! What a difference! You did an incredible job. I am sure you're so happy. I love all the decor and special touches you added too.

  2. LOVE it!!! Awesome transformation!

  3. That looks GREAT! I'm in the middle of a fireplace redo, trying to convince my husband that painting the brick is a good idea. I have to show him this!

  4. Beautiful! Classic, clean, and fresh. love the Initial... especially because its mine! ;) GREAT JOB!

  5. What a great job on your fireplace. It looks so wonderful. Now I must tell you, as pretty as your fireplace looks that little Stella steals the show. What an adorable fuzzy face.
    Be a sweetie,

  6. You have totally transformed not only the fireplace but the whole room! This is stunning.
    Have to agree with Sheila too-Stella is so cute! What kind of dog is she?
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful transformation.
    Best wishes, Natasha.

  7. Thanks for the kind words everyone!
    Sheila and Natasha, I know she is just a doll too :) she is an english bulldog, which she doesnt really look like in the pictures at all!

  8. Great job. Boring brick was made to be painted.

  9. What a great presentation. From a distance it looked like dental molding. Great job. I became a follower and hope you come by and do the same.


  10. Hi Jessica!

    Looks fresh and lovely!
    Beautiful job!
    Stop by!
    love, kelee

  11. Very nice! I love the transformation! I just painted my fireplace as well.

  12. Beautiful! You did an awesome job and i love the display on top of the mantel too.

  13. I think it looks great painted! It does make it easier to decorate around.

  14. Hi Jessica...

    Ohhh...I love your beautiful fireplace transformation!!! Painting the red brick was genius...I love how it looks all done in the white! You also did an absolute fabulous job of accessorizing the mantle! It's gorgeous!!! What a beautiful home you have...thank you for sharing it with us and also the fabulous transformation of the fireplace!!!

    I have been wanting a fireplace in my living room for sooo long and I'm finally working to add a faux fireplace to that room. I posted it for Met Monday...I would love to have you come by and check it out!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  15. Great job! Stella definitely makes the makeover though ;)

  16. It looks great! I like it both ways, but I really do love painted brick.

  17. Your mantle looks beautiful. What a difference!

  18. Wow, that looks absolutely beautiful!!! Good job.

  19. You are kidding!!! I'm lifting up that jaw of mine. I keep going back and forth between the pictures and am absolutely loving the transformation, then I read your profile that you are just an ordinary 25 year old (ahem) -- I beg to differ. You have extra-ordinary talents, and I am so glad that you shared this on the boardwalk bragfest. I am gonna be bragging about you all day long, and I'm also going to be following you. WOW!!!

  20. Looks great! Love the framed J. The dog is a nice touch too!! :)

  21. Great fireplace transformation. It's definitely not tired looking now!!
    Stella looks like she loves laying in front of it too!

  22. Wonderful new focal point for your room. Amazing what a little paint and trim can do to a project!

  23. It DOES have a totally different vibe and it's a GOOD one. Beautiful transformation.

    pk @ Room Remix

  24. Hi Jessica! Absolutely Beautiful!! Painting that Brick really Brightens things up! Love it!
    Looks great with your wall color!

    Stella's a cutie!

    I just became a follower! So I'll stop by again Drop by & visit me sometime.. I have a Jessica too! Same age!

    Blessings ~ Teresa

  25. Gorgeous! What a great transformation!

  26. It's amazing what a change some paint can make! The "new" mantel is so fresh and bright in the room. I can't tell if the dental molding detail was on the mantel originally or if you added it during the makeover, but it really pops now in the cream color! Lovely.

  27. That looks great! I love the look of painted brick! Great job :)

  28. Your fireplace redo looks fantastic. Is the mantel the same? The new paint on the fireplace and wall makes it look larger. Great job!

  29. the dental molding was there before, your eye just never traveled there because of the ugly old brick!
    Dianna- Yes the mantel is the same, if you can believe it!

  30. I love what you did with that Mantel! Congrats on being featured on The Lettered Cottage! I really like the framed letter.

  31. Hi
    I saw your mantle on The Lettered Cottage. STUNNING! I have a similar fireplace and insert. I have contemplated painting it but was concerned that the paint might bubble/peel with the heat. What kind of paint did you use?



  32. Hey Mary,
    glad you came to visit from The Lettered Cottage! I just use 2 coats of good latex primer and 2 coats of regular old Ben Moore latex paint. There has been no disruption to the paint whatsoever from the heat. I think the black metal surrounding the stove stops any and all heat from coming close to reaching the brick itself. It is probably my favorite thing I have done to our house, and highly recommend it!! Please keep me posted :)

  33. Hi Jessica,

    I first saw your fireplace re-do at Thrifty Decor Chic. It looks great! My brick has been painted white for awhile, but I've really been wanting to paint my mantel and I love the cream color you used. Can you tell me the name of it?


  34. Staci-
    I know its Benjamin Moore, but I will have to do some digging to find an answer for you :)

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