Updating a brick fireplace

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But before you go at old bricks with a paint roller and some white semigloss, consider the more elegant cover-up of art tiles.

Tiling a fireplace surround isn't a quickie makeover. For full step-by-step instructions, see How to Tile a Fireplace Surround.

Retrofitting this safety feature to an existing fireplace isn't difficult.

Unlike a gas fireplace, which can be switched off, the only way to leave a wood fire is closed off with glass doors.

Sharp, detailed models come in kits that lock together with a few twists of the Phillips-head. For full step-by-step instructions on how to update your fireplace, see How to Install A Mantel.