Fireplace How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our fireplace step-by-step tips & ideas.
A clean, well-maintained chimney will save you money and prevent trouble—and, yes, there are parts of the job you can do yourself.
Can you tile over a brick fireplace? Use a trowel thinset over the brick and then tile over it.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough installs a fire pit kit in this DIY Smarts project.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a chipped brick in a fireplace surround.
Brick fireplaces are great, but they often look dated, dark, and dirty. Instead of living with that drab, sooty look, learn how to paint a brick fireplace to give your space some fresh new style.
DIY Expert & House One editor Jenn Largesse shows how to build custom shelving units around an existing fireplace mantel for a custom, built-in look.
Upgrade your old wood burning fireplace with a more convenient gas fireplace insert.
Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor works with a professional chimney expert to repair a clay chimney and reignite an old fireplace with a gas log.
Retrofit your wood-burning fireplace with safer glass fireplace doors.
Learn how to build DIY fireplace mantel and surround from stock lumber and moldings.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and landscape contractor Jenn Nawada split firewood using a variety of techniques.
We rounded up our favorite ideas to help you update your fireplace for a more modern look.
Install a wood stove insert to increase efficiency and heat output from your fireplace.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough demonstrates the best way to build a fire in order to prevent smoke from filling up the room
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough delicately restores a damaged historic fireplace that is built with custom, nearly irreplaceable bricks
Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique updates a fireplace surround with a whitewashed look.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough teaches apprentice Krysten how to reface a granite fireplace
A first-time homeowner transforms a dated brick fireplace with two cans of gray paint—and some DIY artistry
Unsightly cracked and crumbling mortar can be fixed in minutes with a few simple tools
A dingy hearth wall gets a new look with fresh finishes and light, bright storage
A blah brick hearth gets a cheery cottage-style refresher with some clever DIY woodwork and a high-contrast paint job
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to beautify an old, ugly brick fireplace
Add lightweight cast stones to a make veneer fireplace surround for a fraction of the cost of the real thing.
Lightweight cast stones add rustic charm to any hearth, for a fraction of the cost of the real thing. In this video, senior technical editor Mark Powers shows how easy it is to dress up your fireplace