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How To Reface A Fireplace Step By Step

If your fireplace needs a reface, here we will show you step by step how to do it yourself. Your fireplace is most likely the centerpiece of your living room. If it has seen better days, why not give it a custom refinish with your choice of tile, stone, brick, marble, or other material. You can also get creative and choose the perfect wooden trim that will surround your fireplace to match your style. When finished, you can spruce things up with different fireplace accessories! The total cost of this fireplace reface project was around $400 and took about 7 hours. The amount of money and time it will take you to complete this project will vary depending on different variables. Below we will show how to reface a fireplace the easiest way possible with the minimum amount of money.

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Materials Needed For A DIY Fireplace Reface:

  • Cement Board
  • Wooden Trim
  • Tile, Stone, or Brick
  • Thin Set
  • Brad Nails
  • Drywall Spackle Compound
  • Liquid Nails (Construction Adhesive)
  • Paint (Your choice of color)
  • Wood Screws
  • Grout

Tools Needed To Reface A Fireplace:

  • Pry Bar
  • Utility Knife
  • Putty Knife
  • Caulking Gun
  • Hammer
  • Cordless Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood Saw

How To Reface A Fireplace_2Step 1: Turn off gas if applicable and remove the old fireplace face until the wooden frame is exposed.
Cut to size and attach the cement board to the existing wooden frame as seen above.

How To Reface A Fireplace_1Step 2: Measure and cut the tile to fit around the bottom step.
Carefully begin laying your tile cutting and trimming as you go.

How To Reface A Fireplace_3Step 3: Continue laying the tile until the bottom step is complete.
Once complete, let dry before continuing as per package instructions.

How To Reface A Fireplace_4Step 4: Measure and cut the wooden trim you have chosen to surround the fireplace.
Attach the wooden trim pieces with brad nails and use a level to be sure they are at the perfect angle.

How To Reface A Fireplace_5Step 5: Measure and cut the tile to fit inside of the wood trim.
Begin laying the tile inside the trim while cutting and trimming as you progress.

How To Reface A Fireplace_6Step 6: Continue tiling until the fireplace is completed.
Once all of your tile is in place, begin the grouting process until complete.

How To Reface A Fireplace_7Step 7: Fill any areas (using spackle) on the sides of the fireplace and paint over them.
You can paint the sides to match the fireplace or to match the walls.

How To Reface A Fireplace_8Step 8: Measure and cut the top trim and top shelf of the fireplace (if applicable).
Attach the top trim piece and top shelf and paint with paint color desired.

How To Reface A Fireplace_9Step 9: Touch up the fireplace with paint if needed.
Your fireplace reface in now complete!

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For more great ideas and layouts for fireplace refacing, see this Pinterest fireplace refacing page for many creative and amazing ideas.

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  1. This looks great ! I have a fireplace to reface and this is really helpful and close to what I need to do for my fireplace. Thanks for the post ! Cheers

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