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Update Your Family Room with a Fireplace Refresh

by Jackie Gantzer 08/04/2019

You've moved into your vintage home with grand plans to update it as you go. Some renovations must wait for your budget to improve. But here are some budget-wise ways to update the family room and move your home in the direction you want by giving your fireplace an update or upgrading your mantel.

Freshen the fireplace

Arguably the focal point of any living space, a complete fireplace renovation may be part of your overall plan, but meanwhile, give it a fresher look with one of these ideas.

  • Add a screen. Fireplace screens come in a plethora of styles, sizes, shapes, and metals. Dress up the room with a lattice-style or painted fan screen.
  • Change out the mantel. If you long for a more rustic look, replace your thinner mantel with a thick, rough-cut plank. Or, pick up a vintage mantel at your local antique store. For a truly updated look, go mantel-free and hang a substantial piece of art above.
  • Paint the brick and surround in contrasting colors. Make certain only to paint with heat-rated preparations near the firebox. Try gray walls, pewter on the brick with black on the surround. Or use various shades of warm taupe with bronze or copper. If the metal surround is removable, it’s easier to use spray paint for excellent results.
  • Resurface with tile. A fine herringbone or hexagon mosaic pattern adds interest, or hand-crafted or painted tiles create a distinctive focal point. For a very modern look, consider basket weave or vertical tiles. But, to give your home a historical aspect, consider narrow subway tiles with a subtle glaze.

Turn it into Art

If you don’t burn fires your fireplace, consider turning it into a display for your collection of brass candlesticks, a floral arrangement, or a grouping of urns and vases. Prepare the fireplace for non-use: To reduce heat loss, make sure to turn off the gas, then close the damper. Place a section of fiberglass or foam insulation the width and depth of the opening into the flue. Paint a piece of cardboard black and use it to wedge the insulation in place. Clean the firebricks with your favorite household cleaner and a stiff brush so that soot doesn’t damage your decorative items.If you’re thinking of removing your fireplace or permanently closing it up, take a moment to check with a local property professional to make certain it doesn’t reduce the value of your home.

About the Author

Jackie Gantzer

A resident of Naples since 1987, Jackie has over 16 years of experience selling real estate in southwest Florida. Her reputation for being a diligent and knowledgeable professional has resulted in loyal, repeat customers.
Specializing in waterfront and golf course communities, she offers her clients expert negotiation skills and unparalleled dedication.

Jackie understands that buying a home can often be an overwhelming process to navigate. Her number one priority is to guide Buyers and Sellers through the transaction to a smooth and successful closing. Being well versed in the legal aspects of real estate transactions, she offers her clients protection and peace of mind. A Certified Home Marketing Specialist, she works tirelessly to market her listings through print publications, open
houses and social media sites. Hard-working and enthusiastic, she offers her clients superior customer service and follow-through.

With its tropical climate and unbeatable location, Naples offers buyers a diverse and unique selection of homes and communities. A member of the Naples Area Board of Realtors, Jackie remains informed about the local real estate market and takes the time to become familiar with the benefits of each community. This way, she is ready to find you the perfect home.

Jackie’s genuine love of the Southwest Florida real estate market shines through in each transaction. She treats her clients with dignity and respect and remains steadfast in her philosophy that home buying and selling should be as stress-free as possible. Simply put, her business is based on dedication, determination and trust and the ability to cater and adapt to all her clients’ real estate needs.