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 tone slabs or with ceramic or stone tiles—makes a big difference in the way a fireplace looks.
You can replace an old quarry-tile hearth and cover a brick surround with four sleek granite slabs, each 1¼
inches think. For full step-by-step instructions, see Fireplace Facelift