Fireplace Makeover with Paint and Barnwood

Fireplace Makeover with Paint and Barnwood

Fireplace Makeover with Paint and Barnwood

A friend of mine recently moved into a new home and wasn’t in love with her fireplace and surrounding bookshelves.  We completely transformed the area with barnwood and some paint.

Here’s a photo of the before:

Fireplace BEFORE makeover

She wanted to update it without doing any major renovations.  With my limited Photoshop skills, I came up with a plan:


My suggestion was to add a mantel, install wood paneling the back of the fireplace, paint the bookshelves gray and add new hardware to the cabinets.

Here’s our after:

Making over a Fireplace

Inspire, a local company that specializes in unique construction and remodeling, added old barnwood to the fireplace and created a rustic mantel to complete the look.

Adding Barnwood to fireplace

After the barnwood was installed, I painted the bookshelves and cabinets with Amy Howard’s One Step Paint in Selznick Grey.

Amy Howard Selznick Grey

I used the Matte Sealer to complete the look.

Amy Howard Sealer

We ended up using the same hardware, and I painted it using Rust-Oleum’s Metallic Spray in Oil Rubbed Bronze (affiliate link):

Painting Bookshelves with Chalk Paint

I also spray painted the fireplace screen and surrounding brass with Rust-Oleum’s High Heat Enamel Spray in black (affiliate link):

My friend went to a local store called Open Gate Design and Decor and had a blast shopping for the mirror and all the accessories.

Barnwood on Fireplace and Painted Bookshelves

Accessories for Bookshelves

Barnwood on Fireplace

It was fun to help transform the fireplace and bookshelves into a centerpiece for my friend’s home.

Painted Bookshelves and Paneled Fireplace

Fireplace Makeover

Thanks for letting me help, Kate!


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Fireplace Makeover with Paint & Barnwood


  1. Dianne says

    You did a fabulous job – it is beautiful! One question: when you spray painted using the Rustoleum high heat black paint, did you prepare the metal first in any way before spraying? I have to do the same with one of my fireplaces when the weather get warm enough. Thanks!

    • sincerely, sara d. says

      Hi Dianne! It’s amazing what this little can of paint can do! According to the manufacturer, you need to remove all dirt by washing the surface with a commercial detergent. If there is loose paint and/or rust, remove with a wire brush or sandpaper. Good luck on your project!

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