Updating a Fireplace

Whether I am doing a Home Staging Consultation or a Redesign Consultation, I see many fireplaces that need a little updating.

Most of the time it is the tile around the fireplace that is outdated, green slate from the 90’s, or the fireplace surround is oak or perhaps doesn’t exist.

Green Tile

Oak Mantel


Updating a fireplace does not have to be a major project or a major expense.

Many times it is as easy as painting the mantel. An instant update for only a quart of primer and paint.




Other times a bit more may be needed with the tile needing to be replaced. I did this project in my own home just a couple months ago and wish I would have done it sooner!

My fireplace wasn’t horrible but I always wished it wasn’t just painted drywall as the surround, and I was really tired of the goldish cast tile. It just didn’t go with the look of my living room anymore.




I had a tiler come in and remove the existing tile on the floor and around the gas unit and replace it with a more updated tile. I then had a handyman put various sizes of trim board on the surround to give the appearance of a wood surround. I painted it white and it now has an architectural look as well as being updated.

The tiling labor was about $600, the tile itself less than $100, the trim boards and paint less than $30 and the handyman about an hour of labor.








An update to a fireplace does not need to cost thousands and thousands of dollars or be a major project. For you it could be $50 in primer and paint; or less than a $1000 for a larger update.

If you need assistant in determining what your fireplace needs or in selecting the product, reach out to Rooms With Style for an appointment.



Written By

Shar is an award winning Designer and Home Stager and the owner of 'Rooms With Style' and the 'Certified Staging and Redesign Acadamy.' She has been in the design industry for over 25 years and her background includes studies in Interior Design as well as Horticulture to assist with your home’s curb appeal. Shar has a talent for taking simple things; placing them in their best light and making them shine. Another Sharlene from North Dakota, Shar and Sharlene knew they were destined to work together when they first met! She has been blogging here and helping bring out the best in the homes of Sharlene's sellers since 2011.

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