Dear Pat: I bought an older house that has a brick fireplace and rustic beam mantel. I would like to update its appearance with a newer mantel and perhaps a surround. What is the easiest design to build myself? -- Julie M.
DIY: How to Paint a Fireplace Surround - using Rustoleum High Heat Paint, this brassy finish was completely updated. This is an easy and inexpensive way to give your fireplace a facelift - via Four Generations Under One Roof