I am so excited to share this amazing fireplace makeover with you guys today! My friends Duane and Nysha (who are also Bajan Texans) sent me some pictures of how they took their standard, builders grade fireplace and with a little elbow grease turned it into a masterpiece!
So here is what you will need for this DIY fireplace makeover:
- Fire Glass and Fireplace H Burner were purchased at Amazon (click the links for lots of options), some other options are American Fire glass and Diamond Fire Glass
- Playground Sand, Pro Dope, Wire Brush, High heat spray paint and wrench were purchased at Home Depot.
- The gorgeous trellis tile was purchased at a local tile store, but I found something very similar at Home Depot
Step 1: Find some gorgeous tile and replace what you have.
Step 2: Use the wire brush to clean the inside of the fireplace.
Step 3: Cover all areas around fireplace.
Step 4 (optional): Spray paint the inside of the fireplace using 2 cans of black high heat spray paint.(This is totally optional, they just thought that the black would provide a nice contrast to the white tile). Begin spraying the spaces between the brick then spray the actual sides of the brick. When this is done and dry, move on to the next step.
Step 5 (optional): Replace your burner.The burner is where the flame actually comes out of, there are many different shapes and sizes which provide cool effects when lit. They changed to a H-Burner, meaning the burner (and the flames) actually look like an H. Whatever you do, go for a burner where the flame would be centered in the fireplace. That looks best. To change the burner you will need 1-2 wrenches and either Teflon Tape (for gas pipes) or Pro Dope (this is a paste, this one worked better in their opinion). Every time you make a pipe connection use the tape or pipe dope to seal it. When the burner is connected you can test the seal by turning on the gas and putting soapy water on all the connections and looking for bubbles. Bubbles means there is a leak.
Step 6: Use playground sand to cover the bottom of the fireplace. Pour sand up to the level of the gas pipe. Do not put the sand over the burner. You don't actually need sand, they used the sand to cut down on the cost of filling the entire fireplace with fire glass.
Step 7: Finally the fire glass! Spread the glass all over the fireplace, making sure to cover the burner. There are fire glass calculators found online based on the size of your fireplace but this project took 30 pounds of glass in total. To cut down on cost they used a mix of 20 pounds of fire glass and 10 pounds of glass beads.
Step 8: Turn the gas on, light that bad boy and relish the fiery glow of your finished project
You can really see the H because of the H burner here.