Update a brick fireplace by refacing it with drywall to create a built-in bookshelf or media console. If the brick is still in good condition but needs a change to fit the design of the home, it can easily be stained a new color.
Adding drywall first requires that the wall the fireplace is on be prepped, so that any baseboards, crown molding or wooden mantels is removed. Next, bead board and any electrical the wall may need are installed over the whole wall and the majority of the brick, leaving the fire pit open with some room around it to either leave untouched or to add new stone work or tile. Cabinets and insets for electronic devices are picked according to how they fit in the new fireplace design and installed over the bead board. Drywall is then hung and painted, and if there are cabinets, the doors are installed.
To update the color of the brick, many companies sell brick tinting stains. Stain does not change the texture of the brick like paint can, so this option is good for owners who want to keep a brick look without having to change the entire brick face. The kits are inexpensive, and the brick does not need any special preparation before the stain is applied. The mantle piece or hearth can be updated as well for a whole new look.