Fireplace How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our fireplace step-by-step tips & ideas.
A Budget-Friendly Fireplace Refresh
A blah brick hearth gets a cheery cottage-style refresher with some clever DIY woodwork and a high-contrast paint job
How to Repoint a Brick Fireplace
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.
How to Build a Custom Fireplace Mantel
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner build a custom fireplace mantel.
How to Upgrade a Mantel, Hearth and Surround
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to beautify an old, ugly brick fireplace.
How to Tile a Hearth
Jazz up the buffer between the fire and the floor with colorful tiles. Here’s how to retile a hearth.
How to Replace a Fireplace Cover
Mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner replace an old set of fireplace doors for a fresh new look and improved safety.
How To Paint a Brick Fireplace
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.
How to Build a Custom Built-in Shelving Unit
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.
Building a Fire Pit from a Kit
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough installs a fire pit kit in this DIY Smarts project.
Splitting Firewood by Hand vs. Machine
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and landscape contractor Jenn Nawada split firewood using a variety of techniques.
How to Replace Glass Fireplace Doors
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a pair of outdated, malfunctioning fireplace doors
How to Tile Over a Brick Fireplace
Can you tile over a brick fireplace? Use a trowel thinset over the brick and then tile over it.
How to Clean Your Chimney
A clean, well-maintained chimney will save you money and prevent trouble—and, yes, there are parts of the job you can do yourself.
How to Replace a Hearth with Slate Tile
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a common terra cotta hearth with slate tile.
How to Build a Fire in a 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.
How to Restore a Historic Fireplace
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough delicately restores a damaged historic fireplace that is built with custom, nearly irreplaceable bricks.
How to Whitewash Brick with Paint
Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique updates a fireplace surround with a whitewashed look.
How to Repair Damaged Fireplace Brick
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a chipped brick in a fireplace surround.
How to Reface a Fireplace with Granite
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough teaches apprentice Krysten how to reface a granite fireplace.
Before and After: A Dated Brick Fireplace Makeover for $45
A first-time homeowner transforms a dated brick fireplace with two cans of gray paint—and some DIY artistry.
How to Install a Gas Log Fireplace
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.
How to Build a Log Holder
Ferrying firewood to the hearth just got a lot easier with this durable cart.
An Easy Gas Fireplace Design Upgrade
A dingy hearth wall gets a new look with fresh finishes and light, bright storage
How to Install a Gas Fireplace Insert
Upgrade your old wood burning fireplace with a more convenient gas fireplace insert.
How to Install a Wood Stove Fireplace Insert
Install a wood stove insert to increase efficiency and heat output from your fireplace.
How to Install a Chimney Liner and Damper
Creating a safe wood-burning fireplace with This Old House host Kevin O'Connor
How to Create a Faux Log Summer Front
Jazz up your fireplace during its off-season with this stacked log illusion.
17 Fireplace Remodel Ideas
We rounded up our favorite ideas to help you update your fireplace for a more modern look.
How to Install a Stone-Veneer Fireplace Surround
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