Updating old fireplaces

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Here’s how Klemm did it: White paint with an eggshell finish was brushed on in small sections, and then wiped down with rags to remove most of the paint.One of the biggest eyesores in our house was the fireplace in the main living room.The brick surround was painted Benjamin Moore’s Douglas Fir to complement the room’s Spring Moss walls, and gorgeous paintings by artist Erin E Sorensen depict the homeowners' view of the nearby San Francisco Bay.Color works well when it’s just around the fireplace, too.For an easy fireplace upgrade you can do yourself, take a (web)page from Terri Klemm.

Plus, the traditional-style fireplace insert with the large stones looks out of place in this contemporary setting.I've compiled the 25 best DIY fireplaces I've seen!Take a look, pick your favorite, and don't settle for that ugly, old fireplace!If you've followed a tutorial or been inspired by something you've seen here, we'd love to see pictures!Submit pictures here or by messaging us over on Facebook.

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