Flipping houses isn’t easy. You have to get creative and really use the most of what you’ve got, and a fireplace is with certainty a bonus. If (and that’s a big IF) when you look at it, you can smell cinnamon and hear Frankie in the background.

finished fireplace

This project certainly does that for me. Just look at it. It’s beautiful with its white crispness and dark wood mantel. As you’ll see, it’s a long way from where it started. Look at how it got here.

ugly fireplace before the flip

The proportions of the fireplace were totally messed up. Not to mention the ugly faux stone finish. So, the first thing they had to do was to clean it up. They removed a ton of concrete block to open up the space for the new kitchen. But just look at how much lighter the room is and how the space flows now.

demolishing the old wall

The second step was to encase the fireplace with cement board. It’s easy to do and you don’t have to worry about the heat, because it’s specially designed to be noncombustible. Just use a fair amount of construction adhesive to fix it to the faux stone and then screw it into place.

encasing the fireplace in cement board

Then they added the stone ledger for texturing and highlighting the fireplace.

adding stone ledger

Third, they had a slab of white quartz custom cut for the face and heart of the fireplace. This way they added a modern and timeless feel to it and it reflects more light into the room.

The last step was to fix the dark wood mantel in place with some construction adhesive. As luck would have it, they found the beam in the local classifieds and didn’t even have to cut it to size.

finished fireplace

There you have it! That’s the way you update a fireplace without breaking the bank. I think it turned out awesome and wouldn’t change a thing. What do you think? Would you change anything about it?


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