Fireplace How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our fireplace step-by-step tips & ideas.
Mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner remove stubborn creosote from a brick fireplace.
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner supplement their living room heat by installing a wood-burning insert in their existing fireplace.
A blah brick hearth gets a cheery cottage-style refresher with some clever DIY woodwork and a high-contrast paint job
Unsightly cracked and crumbling mortar can be fixed in minutes with a few simple tools. Read on the see how you can quickly repoint a brick fireplace.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner build a custom fireplace mantel.
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to beautify an old, ugly brick fireplace.
Jazz up the buffer between the fire and the floor with colorful tiles. Here’s how to retile a hearth.
Mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner replace an old set of fireplace doors for a fresh new look and improved safety.
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.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough installs a fire pit kit in this DIY Smarts project.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and landscape contractor Jenn Nawada split firewood using a variety of techniques.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a pair of outdated, malfunctioning fireplace doors
Can you tile over a brick fireplace? Use a trowel thinset over the brick and then tile over it.
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 replaces a common terra cotta hearth with slate tile.
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 replaces a chipped brick in a fireplace surround.
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.
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.
Ferrying firewood to the hearth just got a lot easier with this durable cart.
A dingy hearth wall gets a new look with fresh finishes and light, bright storage
Upgrade your old wood burning fireplace with a more convenient gas fireplace insert.
Install a wood stove insert to increase efficiency and heat output from your fireplace.
Creating a safe wood-burning fireplace with This Old House host Kevin O'Connor
Jazz up your fireplace during its off-season with this stacked log illusion.