My DIY Fireplace Makeover: From Drab to Fab

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So I’ve been wanting to spruce up this sad fireplace for awhile now but just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I also didn’t want to do anything permanent because I get bored and like to switch things up every now and then. So here’s my fireplace makeover: from drab to fab! Most things I had around my house already but don’t worry because I linked similar things throughout this post.





fireplace before with mirror



First off, I knew I needed a statement piece to tie the look I was going for together so when I saw this mirror I had to have it. I was drawn to it immediately because it’s just so gorgeous. It makes the room appear so much bigger and brighter! You can grab it here.

mirror collage

Next, I wanted to find a tile that would stand out but not be too bold. I also didn’t want anything permanent because, again, I can never commit to anything for long. I found these tiles on Amazon and the best part about them is…they are peel and stick!! So when I decide I want to switch up my design again all I have to do it peel them off. They are great quality and super, super easy to apply. They only took me about 10 minutes start to finish.


up close photo of peel and stick tile


For the color scheme I knew that I wanted to mix black, gold, and white together and give the fireplace a homey and romantic feel.  My husband and I picked these shells along the beach that we got married on in Mexico and I wanted to incorporate them somehow. I bought this plain mason jar to put them in and tied a bow with some twine.


mason jar of shells with twine bow


These candle sticks are just too pretty to keep tucked away in my Christmas decor and I knew that they would fit right in with what I was trying to accomplish. So out they came! I found some white taper candles but they just looked a little too plain, so I took some black paint that I had and painted two of them. They came out perfect and look exactly how I imagined them. If you don’t have spare black paint around your house you can purchase black tapers here.  I couldn’t find my exact candle sticks but I found very similar ones that I linked here for the lucite and here for the brass.


candlesticks and taper candles


I love having a design with different textures to it. I thought this pillar and glass cylinder would look nice and add some height. I saw this bag of bowl filler and loved the colors and textures in it so I bought it. Here’s a nice three piece cylinder set that will add some different height and dimension and the price is great.


pillar holder with cylinder of bowl filler


I thought it would be fun to add in our initial for our family’s last name. I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted so when I saw this I grabbed it and just painted it black.


wooden letter s


I had this little white planter and terra cotta pot for so long now and never really knew what to do with them or had a place to put them…until now! I wanted to jazz them up a little so I used this gold paint and lightly went over the detailing on the planter to make it stand out (and also put a few coats on the base) and I painted the rim of the terra cotta pot to add a pop of color. It took a few coats to get the darkness that I was looking for but that’s ok. I found a few cute options for little planters here, here, here, and here. LOL


pots and gold paint



I took this tin bucket and filled it with an Easter cactus that I’ve had for a few years and it looks ah.may.zing. The angel and the tea light candle completed the look! I’ve linked a cute little tea light set here.


metal tin

tea light candle on mantel

angel sitting on the mantel




the end result


finished fireplace makeover pic


I’m so happy with the way it turned out. What do you think?


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