Updating your Fireplace

mls-listings-vancouverNo matter what time of year it is, the fireplace is often the focal point of a living room.  Though it may receive scant attention during the summer months, come wintertime this central point becomes the highlight of many rooms.

If you’re looking at a drab and dreary relic of the past, you need not get out a sledge hammer and start from scratch.  Indeed, there are several small fireplace updating tricks that you can use to dramatically alter the look and feel of the whole room.

If your brick fireplace is painted and you’d like to remove the paint begin by cleaning the entire area with soap and water.  Allow the area to dry completely and then use store gel paint remover available at any hardware store.  Make sure to wear a mask and gloves to avoid breathing in the fumes or absorbing them through your skin.  Also make sure to use newspapers, a tarp or other material to protect floors and areas not being treated.

Pat down the fireplace surface with a dry fabric such as an old bed sheet, leaving the sheet in place as the surface dries.  During the drying process the paint and other residual mess will begin to adhere to the material’s surface.

A good thirty minutes should allow for the process to work.  Once you’re ready, remove the sheet carefully and wash down the brick to remove any other residue.

If you are planning on repainting the fireplace you’ll want to make sure you fill in any gaps and remove any loose pieces.  Wash everything again with clean water.

Use either a latex paint or an exterior paint for tough jobs.  You’ll have an amazing new focal point for your home in very little time.

Updating the mantel is another option for redoing your fireplace’s look and feel.  You can also get affordable floating shelves to highlight your precious collections.  Just make sure to edit and not overdo it with too many pieces.

The fireplace is one of the most central elements to a living space.  If your Vancouver home for sale is not showing as well as you’d like, think about a simple fireplace update to really garner a buyer’s attention.

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