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Give Your Fireplace a Facelift

Chipped bricks, a stained hearth, and years of accumulated soot can turn what should be the focal point of a living room into an eyesore. Replacing a hearth and surround—either with seamless stone slabs or with stone or ceramic tiles—makes a big difference in the way a fireplace looks. Take a look at our 8 steps to giving your fireplace a facelift. For added safety, consider adding glass fireplace doors.

Adding an insert is a smart investment that's pure win—it'll keep you warm and slash your heating bills all at once. Complete this energy-efficient upgrade before December 31, and you'll score yourself a tax credit from Uncle Sam.

TOH Tip: The National Fire Protection Association recommends that getting chimneys swept at least once a year at the beginning of the winter to remove soot and debris. Find a certified sweep in your area via the Chimney Safety Institute of America.
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