Rental Revamp: Fireplace Makeover, Part 2

Remember back in November when I talked about doing a fireplace makeover? Well, I finally got around to working on it, and I can’t wait to show you what I did!

Here’s a quick peek:

Rental Revamp: Fireplace Makeover | Hello Little HomeBut before I show you the whole “after,” let me remind you of the “before”:

Rental Revamp: Fireplace Makeover "Before" | Hello Little HomeAlthough the fireplace works, we have no plans to use it. So my goals were to do something with that huge, ugly screen, the crooked hood, and the dusty-looking hearth. I also wanted to brighten up the whole fireplace a bit.

If you look back at that previous post, you’ll see that I had created three separate mood boards. I ended up going with the “Large Plant” option.

Here’s the full “after”:

Rental Revamp: Fireplace Makeover | Hello Little HomeI found a place to store that huge, ugly fireplace screen, and I was so happy to see it go! Unfortunately, the hood seems to be nailed right into the brick, so I left it on for now. The removal of the screen alone made a huge difference though, so I’m happy for now.

Rental Revamp: Fireplace Makeover Closeup | Hello Little HomeI found a fern at Trader Joe’s, of all places! It was very inexpensive, but it needs a little TLC. To be honest, I’m just hoping I don’t kill it. My thumb has been very black lately.

The basket is from Homegoods and was also a good buy.

Rental Revamp: Fireplace Makeover with Basket & Fern | Hello Little HomeI love the modern shape, and the white paint brightens up the area a bit. The basket is perfect for holding magazines and a wool throw.

On the other side of the fireplace, I added a large mask from our collection.

Rental Revamp: Fireplace Makeover with Mask | Hello Little HomeThis photo is a little washed out, but it gives you a good view of the mask. It looks small here, but it’s about two feet tall and is the perfect thing to ward off bad omens (kidding).

I’m especially pleased with the area above the fireplace.

Rental Revamp: Fireplace Makeover with Art & Mirrors | Hello Little HomeFor the holidays, I had hung these round mirrors on either side of the tree, and I didn’t want to take them down. So I swapped out the original painting for a photograph that I already owned.

I love how the photograph and mirrors brighten up the whole fireplace. Of course, I couldn’t resist taking a cheesy photo in that mirror!

Me in the Mirror | Hello Little HomeHa!

I’d still like to make a few changes:

  • remove the hood (or just ignore it, if that’s not possible!)
  • repaint the hearth (it’s clean, but looks permanently dusty)
  • find a ceramic pot for the fern

Overall, I’m so happy with how my fireplace makeover turned out. It’s bright and cheery now instead of dark and dingy, and since I used items that I already owned, I was able to complete the makeover for about $20. Let me know what you think!

Have you done any home improvement projects lately?

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Hi! Coming over from the Wednesday Roundup! Love your site!! Great mantel revamp. I love the combo of textures and colors. Cheers!

I love how that looks. I can’t remember what I “voted” for on the first post but I love how this turned out.

I love this! I like the fern in the fireplace!

Oh wow! I love before and afters and that before looked very dismal. I love what you did and that fern steals the show, in my opinion. My ferns that I’ve had…we’ve had issues. lol! I wish you the best with yours!

Great job. I’m really loving those round mirrors. REally pretty

I love your fireplace makeover! But it’s so funny how beauty is in the beholder’s eye…I have a fireplace screen just like that (an antique) that I absolutely adore. Tee hee! Thank you for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


Wow! It looks great! The artwork is lovely and the plant adds such a nice touch.

Love this fireplace makeover! THanks so much for linking up to the Be.You.Tiful Link Party!

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I love the mirrors you have flanking the fireplace. So beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing at our link it or lump it party!

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