Fireplace How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our fireplace step-by-step tips & ideas.
Creating a safe wood-burning fireplace with This Old House host Kevin O'Connor
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.
Upgrade your old wood burning fireplace with a more convenient gas fireplace insert.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a chipped brick in a fireplace surround.
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.
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.
Learn how to build DIY fireplace mantel and surround from stock lumber and moldings.
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.
Ferrying firewood to the hearth just got a lot easier with this durable cart.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and landscape contractor Jenn Nawada split firewood using a variety of techniques.
A clean, well-maintained chimney will save you money and prevent trouble—and, yes, there are parts of the job you can do yourself.
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
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner build a custom fireplace mantel
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
How to prep your fireplace for its busy season, with tips from chimney expert Mark Schaub