Dress Up An Old Fireplace

Many old houses have great big fireplaces which can act as a nice focal point for a lounge room but can also look ugly and dated if left without a decorator’s touch.

The good news is a little bit of TLC is all that is needed to bring a 50s fireplace into the 21st century.

The team on 60 Minute Makeovers shows you how to give your fireplace an update in just 15 minutes flat!

The trick is to cover dated, dirty brickwork with a wooden frame.

Start with 12mm MDF. Cut it to the length of the entire fireplace area.

Drill two small holes in the middle and use a jigsaw to cut out a hole in the middle for the actual firepit.

Add two sides so it wraps around the fireplace area completely.

To give it a faux stone finish, paint the wood with a sandtex masonry paint -www.sandtex.co.uk - which has sand in it so it looks like it a solid stone fireplace. Ask your local hardware store for something similar.

If you’re not too handy with the tools you can always try these clever screening options:

- Lean a floor-to-ceiling mirror over the area. It will also reflect light making the room seem bigger.
- Place a decorated sheet of metal over a fireplace.
- Hang art. A large picture can easily cover a fireplace.

For more great decorating tips catch 60 Minute Makeovers on LifeStyle HOME.

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