Our Favorite Fireplaces From Fixer Upper

Chip and Joanna Gaines are pros at transforming ordinary fireplaces into eye-catching focal points. Check out some of Fixer Upper’s hottest fireplace makeovers.

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October 25, 2018

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Pattern Pop

Handmade tile turned this formerly plain fireplace into the focal point of this character-packed living room. The natural wood mantel complements several other wood details within the space, including the charming arched door.

Vintage Restoration

Originally located in the adjacent room, this vintage wood mantel was restored to highlight the natural grain, and the fireplace was relocated to the living room. Paired with an impressive wall of built-in bookshelves, it's now the visual focal point of the space.

Modern Makeover

After discovering that this living room’s original brick fireplace was deteriorating, Chip and Joanna decided to replace it with new concrete panels and a matching hearth — a perfect fit for the home’s modern look. A pass-through to the adjacent kitchen serves as a place for storing firewood.

Balanced Design

This fireplace’s asymmetrical design made the entire living room feel lopsided. By adding built-ins on one side, Chip and Jo brought balance to the space and squeezed in some extra storage to boot. The antique corbels used as mantel supports add interesting character to the room.

Cozy Casual

To make a dated and stuffy living room feel more inviting, the Gaineses transformed its existing fireplace with dry-stack stone and a rustic wood mantel. The trim on the adjacent built-in shelves was simplified and painted a warm gray for a more informal look.

Stylish Storage

Chip and Jo converted this home’s existing fireplace to a two-sided design, now servicing both the dining room and the adjacent living room. Wood storage boxes on either side of the fireplace are both practical and stylish, adding a rustic touch to the space.

Striking Contrast

This once-dated brick fireplace was painted a dark blue-gray, tying it in visually with the nearby kitchen island. Old built-ins were removed and replaced with open shelving and a wall treatment of "skinnylap," installed vertically to make the space feel taller.

Bringing Out the Best

This fixer upper was fortunate enough to come with several beautiful architectural details, including a wood mantel with dentil detailing. Chip and Joanna painted these features white for a fresh update, and added a new marble surround and hearth to complete the look.

Salvaged Elements

The focal point of a European-inspired living room, this massive corner fireplace features a brick interior, a stucco exterior and a wood mantel and coordinating architectural piece salvaged from an old garden gate. Joanna adorned the mantel with fresh greenery and black iron candlesticks.

Lightened Up

To brighten up this formerly dark, cramped living room, Chip narrowed the wall surrounding the fireplace and created larger windows that echo the ceiling’s slope. Joanna chose a new adobe treatment for the fireplace to bring a Southwestern feel to the space.

Entryway Upgrade

In this downtown loft, Joanna transformed an awkward mechanical closet just past the front door into a functional, stylish feature. A glass fireplace (which ignites with the flip of a switch) adds a cozy touch to the modern-industrial space, while wood pegs and a built-in bench make for an organized foyer.

Repeating Motifs

This fireplace’s subtle arched opening echoes several other arched details throughout the home, including the built-in bookcases on either side. Chip and Jo replaced the previous tile surround with simple stucco to complement this living room’s soft color palette.

Stunning Showpiece

Even if a fireplace isn’t functional, it can still serve as an eye-catching design feature. Chip rebuilt this two-sided fireplace using antique brick, some of which was salvaged from the home’s master bedroom. He was also able to retain the blue tile hearth on one side.

Simply Chic

The Gaineses gave this living room a new fireplace with a stucco finish and a simple, slim wood mantel. Paired with two new sets of French doors, this once-bare room is now loaded with character.

Total Transformation

Chip and Jo completely reconfigured this space, creating a new double-sided stone fireplace that delineates the main living room and adjacent sunroom. The original fireplace was converted into a built-in bookshelf with firewood storage.

Soaring Stacked Stone

Just past the front door of this home, an awkward freestanding closet was replaced with a floor-to-ceiling stacked-stone fireplace. Exposed cedar beams and sage green walls further enhance the rustic look.

Timeless Appeal

You can't go wrong with marble if you want to achieve a classic look. This living room's brick fireplace was updated with a new marble hearth and surround, contrasting smartly with the new hardwood floors in dark stain.

Paint to the Rescue

Previously dark and dated, this brick fireplace wall concealed a mechanical room, so the structure had to remain in place. Chip and Joanna painted it bright white for a cleaner look and added a long wood mantel to create dimension and depth.

No-Fuss Facelift

Originally made of dingy brick, this fireplace got a simple yet stylish facelift with new plaster painted in gray and a simple wood mantel in natural finish.

Soft Hues

Chip and Jo designed a new fireplace for this completely reconfigured living room (formerly the home’s master bedroom), creating a visual focal point for the space. The creamy rock facing on the fireplace complements the travertine stone backsplash in the kitchen.

Modern Meets Rustic

This hip bachelor pad's old brick fireplace was updated with a new surround clad in reclaimed wood, plus a concrete hearth. Rustic wood can be found throughout the home, creating a cohesive look.

Subtly Coastal

Chip and Joanna completely reworked this living room’s offset brick fireplace, centering it and adding a new facing in white stone. Above the mantel, worn wooden oars from a salvage shop bring a nautical touch without looking overly "beachy." Joanna also placed a piece of driftwood (collected from the shore of a local lake) inside the firebox as a decorative accent for warmer months when the fireplace isn’t in use.

Reaching New Heights

The Gaineses eliminated this home’s attic, raising the ceiling in the living room all the way to the roof. This exposed a rough, unfinished portion of the chimney, but luckily, Chip had a solution. Using vintage bricks that were an exact match, he finished out the top part of the chimney and achieved a perfectly uniform look. Above the new wood mantel, a tall botanical print brings out the fireplace’s impressive new height.

Connected With Nature

In this riverfront retreat, a blah brick fireplace was replaced with a dry-stack river stone surround, connecting the home’s interior with its serene surroundings. Above the wood beam mantel, an antique window frame serves as the backdrop for one of Joanna's trademark magnolia wreaths.

Antique Charm

Chip and Jo transformed this '70s suburban home into an Old World-style retreat with antique-inspired details. In the dining room, they updated the existing brick fireplace with black paint, new trim in dark gray and a reclaimed wood mantel.

Simple Spruce-Up

Chip and Joanna gave this living room’s existing fireplace and built-ins a new look with a fresh coat of paint, a new wood mantel and simpler trim. A large opening offers plenty of firewood storage for chilly nights.

Dramatic Focal Point

Taking up an entire wall with twin arched doors on either side, this dry-stack stone fireplace is a true showstopper for this living room. A rough-cut wood beam mantel is accessorized with old books and a vintage botanical print.

Redefining Rooms

A double-sided brick fireplace creates just the right amount of separation between this living and dining area, while still allowing the room to feel open. A free-hanging wood mantel offers plenty of space for displaying photos and accessories.

Exposed Shiplap

While this nonworking fireplace no longer provides warmth, it still brings tons of charm to the living room. To make this feature a focal point, Chip and Jo exposed a portion of the home’s original shiplap above the mantel and painted it white.

Faux Fireplace

No fireplace? No problem! Take a cue from Joanna and repurpose a vintage mantel as a visual statement piece for your living room.

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