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 Reline a Chimney Flue
Follow these steps to renovate an old, unsafe chimney with an easy-to-install stainless steel liner.
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.
Use reclaimed clay chimney pots to improve your fireplace draw or enhance your landscape.
How to Paint a Fireplace and Hearth
Paint expert Mauro Henrique helps a homeowner tackle a controversial project: painting an exposed brick fireplace.
How to Build a Small Firewood Rack
Create a firewood rack that fits your storage needs using simple 2x4 construction. This pressure-treated rack will last for years outside. And paired with a cover, it will keep your firewood dry and ready to use in fireplaces, pizza ovens, or firepits.
How to Get Your Chimney Ready for Use in Winter
Relaxing in front of a fire is an enjoyable experience as long as it’s safe. Read this guide to prevent hazards and ensure that your chimney is in good working condition this winter.
How to Make Common Chimney Repairs
Mason Mark McCullough shows host Kevin O’Connor some common issues with brick chimneys and how to repair them.
6 Simple Ways to Get Your Yard and Home Ready for Fall
As the fall season begins, there are a few maintenance tasks to pay attention to around the house. Here are six ways to prepare your yard and home for the cooler season.
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 Install Floating Shelves and Mantel
Jeff Sweenor and Kevin O’Connor install floating white oak shelves and a floating mantle
Your Complete Fireplace Maintenance Checklist
Many homeowners see the fireplace as the heart of their home, especially in the fall and winter, when it’s hard to resist gathering around the warmth and glow emanating from a cozy fire. Read this guide to understand the steps for maintaining your fireplace to keep it functioning safely and properly for years to come.
All About Chimney Flues
To maintain the chimney flues that safely channel smoke and fumes from fuel-burning appliances to the outside, they should be inspected and cleaned on a regular basis.
The Best Firewood to Heat Your Home
Learn why one wood is better than another, the differences between hardwood and softwood, and safety tips for your wood-burning appliance.
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.
Summer Checklist: Small Projects that Pay Off
Warm weather has finally arrived! It’s time to head outside and give your house and landscape some TLC.
How to Install Stacked Stone Veneer on a Fireplace
Ask This Old House mason, Mark McCullough, helps a homeowner update her concrete block, wood burning fireplace with a stacked stone veneer and a slab of stone.
How to Turn a Reclaimed Beam into a Fireplace Mantel
Ask This Old House carpenter, Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner turn a reclaimed mantel into a fireplace mantel.
How to Clean Fireplace Brick
If you’ve got soot stains on your fireplace’s hearth or brick facade, we’ll walk you through how to clean fireplace brick to get rid of unsightly black discoloration and the smell of smoke.
6 Best Electric Fireplaces (2023 Review)
Whether you want to heat your space or create a cozy atmosphere, an electric fireplace is an affordable and low-maintenance option. In this review, we take a look at the best electric fireplaces on the market.
How to Install a Wood Burning Stove
A new soapstone wood burning stove gets installed in the family room.
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.
How to Prep a Fireplace for New Tile
Watch DIY Expert & House One Editor Jenn Largesse, as she covers phase one of her fireplace wall makeover and upgrades her mantel with new molding.
How to Tile a Fireplace
DIY Expert & House One editor Jenn Largesse installs tile on her fireplace and surround.
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 Install a Mantel on a Stone Fireplace
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough travels to Chicago to install a wood mantel on a homeowner’s 1980s contemporary fireplace.
How to Replace Glass Fireplace Doors
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a pair of outdated, malfunctioning fireplace doors