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That’s a wrap! Fireplace makeover is finished!

We were able to wrap this project up late last week with the mantel install. You can never be sure when you order something online that it’s going to be as advertised, but this mantel was exactly what I had hoped it would be. I love the stain color, it’s a great contrast with the colors in the tile and the paint on the shiplap, and it has just the right amount of aging. I’ll share details on where we got it later in the project budget breakdown and sourcing guide.


I really didn’t feel like the wall and fireplace looked that bad before, but I knew I could bring it up to the next level. What surprised me was the total transformation it gave the entire room. Part of that was due to the fact that by mounting the TV above the fireplace, I was able to move the bar cabinet away from the front door to the corner by the fireplace.


Then I was able to use that space by the front door to create a “drop zone” for coats and bags when you come in. We don’t have a coat closet and had to take guests coats and bags to one of the bedrooms. Now they can hang up their jackets and drop their purses on the bench. I’ll be showing a pic of the drop zone, but not including it in the price breakdown, or listing sources in this post. That will be for another day.


I’m including a before pic so you can see how much all this changed the space.

This is one of those projects now that it’s finished, I wouldn’t change a thing. Sometimes you can look at a space and just know, you got it right – that’s how I feel about this one.


A few pictures, then the budget and sourcing info at the end.









So, here’s how the costs broke down;

Stain and supplies for concrete hearth $ 25

Tile and supplies for installing the tile $224

Tile saw (we didn’t have one) $ 75

Shiplap $250

Electrical supplies for TV outlet $ 35

Mantel $200

Trim $ 65

Paint $ 55

Misc $ 40

TOTAL $969


We had originally budgeted $1000 to $1300 for this project, we ended up bringing it in under a 1000. Granted we did all the labor ourselves. If you were to pay a designer and contractor to do this project I think I would probably come in around $3000.


Sourcing List and links;

Stain for hearth Varathane dark walnut - Home Depot

Ship lap boards - Home Depot

Electrical supplies - Home Depot

Tile and supplies - The Tile Shop

Tile Saw - Lowe’s

Mantel - Amazon

Paint - Benjamin Moore


Well, I hope you are inspired to try your own fireplace makeover, or if you aren’t that ambitious – you can always hire a professional. Next time, details on the drop zone – stay tuned.

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