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6 DIY Brick Fireplace Plans You Can Make Today (with Pictures)

Brick fireplaces are where coziness and sophistication meet. There are so many things you can do with a brick fireplace to fit nearly any design style. Plus, you don’t typically need a professional to make many of these things happen, either. In fact, it takes little DIY knowledge to give your brick fireplace a facelift.

Whether you’re building a new fireplace or updating the one you already have, it just takes a little bit of know-how and a great plan to make a new statement piece.

We’ve included some of our favorite fireplace plans below. These plans come in so many different styles and difficulty levels that you should be able to find something suitable for your fireplace.

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The 6 DIY Brick Fireplace Plans:

1. Rustic DIY Fireplace with Shiplap

Materials: Clay bricks, mortar mix, 2” metal support bar
Difficulty: Moderate

We absolutely adore this rustic brick fireplace with shiplap. It is not like your usual fireplace at all, but it makes a great statement piece in most situations. The primary purpose of this plan is to fix up a fireplace that you already have. Therefore, you’ll likely have to adjust it slightly to fit the needs of your space. It is a pretty straightforward plan so this shouldn’t be terribly difficult.

It goes through everything you need to do, including turning off the gas to your fireplace. It even explains out to adjust fireplace vents and such, should you need to move yours around. Most of the work involves laying bricks, which is pretty simple. However, there are some more complicated steps, like re-routing the gas.

We recommend giving yourself plenty of time to do this plan. It is pretty straightforward, but there is a lot involved.


2. DIY Electric Fireplace

Materials: Hardwood panel, 2x4s, SPAX screws, wood glue, electric insert, standard clay bricks, mortar mix, steel bars, nitrile coated gloves, buckets, joint compound, pine boards, whitewash, an exterior stain of the chosen color
Difficulty: Moderate

If you’re looking to install a fireplace, it is easiest to use an electric insert. You can find these for only a couple of hundred dollars and then build a brick fireplace around them. That is exactly what this fireplace plan does. Therefore, it is a lot easier and cheaper than other plans out there.

You will need a lot of materials, though. The plan involves building a fireplace from scratch, which simply takes a lot of stuff. You’ll also need a few different tools, though most of these are pretty standard, like a drill. You’ll likely need to buy specialty tools like a brick chisel, but these likely won’t cost you a lot of money.

This plan goes through the whole process, from building the fireplace to staining the mantle. Therefore, it is best for those who are building a fireplace completely from scratch. You can easily change the stain and paint to match your home décor, leaving most of the process the same.


3. Whitewash Bricks with Chalk Paint

Materials: Painter’s tape, scrub brush, chalk paint, stain-blocking primer
Difficulty: Low

If you already have a brick fireplace, an easy way to update it is to apply a whitewash. This basically turns all of the bricks white with some slight color variation between them. Therefore, it still looks like a brick fireplace—all of the bricks are just white.

Luckily, this process is very easy and can be performed by those with even very little DIY experience. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to update your brick fireplace, this is what we recommend.

This plan explains exactly how to whitewash your fireplace, which gives it a farmhouse, earthy vibe. The directions are clear and there is even a video included where they show you the process. Therefore, you can easily complete this project with very few difficulties. Plus, you don’t need many materials or tools, either, making this project extremely cheap compared to others.


4. Rustic Fireplace Mantle

Materials: Various whiteboards, finishing nails, wood screws, wood glue, stain
Difficulty: Low

Another quick way to update your fireplace is by updating the mantle. In the 2000s, plain, wood mantles were quite popular. In fact, if you look at fireplaces built in the 2000s, you’ll notice that most of them have very similar mantles.

Luckily, changing your mantle up is very easy, and this plan shows you how. You can quickly and easily build your own mantle to change out the one you currently have. You can stain the mantle box to be whatever color you wish, making it easy to fit it in with your current home style. If you wish, you could also adjust the size of the mantle, which makes it easier to fit it into your space.


5. Painting a Fireplace

Materials: Interior/exterior paint, roller cover, masonry and brick paint
Difficulty: Low

A fast and easy way to update a fireplace is to paint it. However, painting a fireplace is not like painting a wall. Most paint is not made to work on a fireplace, after all. Luckily, this plan lays out everything you need to know about painting a fireplace—you just need to pick the color!

Despite being a bit more complicated than painting a wall, painting a fireplace is not terribly difficult. You won’t need many tools. However, you will need to purchase brick paint specifically, as other types of paint simply won’t work.

Priming the brick is extremely important, as the plan explains. We do recommend purchasing more primer than you think you need, which will help cover the yellow and red bricks.


6. German Smear Fireplace

Materials: Scrapers, mortar, bucket, water, paper towels, gloves, scissors
Difficulty: Low

A German Smear fireplace is an easy way to give an old fireplace a facelift. If you’re not looking to completely change the color, this is a solid option. It’s pretty easy and basically involves spreading thin mortar over the bricks, which gives them a partially-white appearance. This option is absolutely more rustic than modern, so consider your home’s overall appearance.

If you have an older fireplace, this option is a fantastic way to give it a facelift for very little money.

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Conclusion

There are many easy ways to give a fireplace a facelift. For instance, if you whitewash the brick and then make a new mantel, you’ll basically find yourself with a new fireplace. You can also paint the fireplace a unique color to match the rest of your home or you can apply a German smear for an interesting and professional-looking finish.

If you don’t have a fireplace, building one is probably cheaper than you’d imagine. You can utilize bricks and an electric insert to make a fireplace in nearly any location. Of course, building a working fireplace is much more difficult and likely not suitable for DIY work.

We hope that our plans provided you with the inspiration you need to update your current fireplace or build a completely new one from scratch.


Featured Image Credit: joseclaudioguima, Pixabay

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