4 High-Impact, Budget-Friendly Fireplace Upgrade Ideas

A fireplace can transform your living room into the center of your home. It’s an excellent addition to any room, lending it warmth, beauty, and appeal. Some fireplace upgrades, however, cost more than what most homeowners can afford. Today, Handyman Connection® of Chicago NW will share four affordable design ideas.


  1. Low-Cost Marble Elegance. Marble is an excellent material choice that instantly adds elegance to the room and one that can last for years without too much maintenance. While it is on the more expensive side for materials, you can easily recreate the polished look of marble with a low-budget alternative, adhesive tape. Choose one that mimics the look of marble, cut it into equal squares, and evenly cover the existing tile on your fireplace.

  2. A Pop of Color. Turn your fireplace into the focal point of the room by investing in bold splashes of color. We recommend choosing bright tones like orange and yellow, but you can replicate it with any of your favorite hues. You won’t need to spend much for a stylish fireplace because all it takes are cheerful color choices.

  3. Artistic Illusion. Having a fire constantly burning draws attention to your fireplace, but it can cost you a lot of money in the long run. Besides, you won’t really need the heat of the fire during hot summer months. Having a trompe l’oeil treatment is an excellent, budget-friendly alternative. Have an artist paint an ever-burning fire in your fireplace, and surround it with dark colors to enhance its effect.

  4. Whitewashed Makeover. Whitewashing is another easy and low-cost makeover to update your fireplace. Choose white paint and an eggshell finish to turn your fireplace into a bright and welcoming piece. After cleaning, brush the paint and finish on in small sections to ensure an even look. Afterward, you can remove most of it by wiping it down with rags and sanding over with a medium grit sanding sponge. This creates a light appearance that allows touches of the color underneath to show through for a rich and rustic look.

You can either choose the DIY route or hire a professional like Handyman Connection of Chicago NW when upgrading your fireplace. We have the equipment and knowledge to ensure an efficient and successful remodel. Contact us at (847) 973-5252 to learn more about our services. You can also request a free estimate.

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