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Update Your Family Room with a Fireplace Refresh

by Jeannie Anderson 06/30/2019

You've moved into your vintage home with grand plans to update it as you go. Some renovations must wait for your budget to improve. But here are some budget-wise ways to update the family room and move your home in the direction you want by giving your fireplace an update or upgrading your mantel.

Freshen the fireplace

Arguably the focal point of any living space, a complete fireplace renovation may be part of your overall plan, but meanwhile, give it a fresher look with one of these ideas.

  • Add a screen. Fireplace screens come in a plethora of styles, sizes, shapes, and metals. Dress up the room with a lattice-style or painted fan screen.
  • Change out the mantel. If you long for a more rustic look, replace your thinner mantel with a thick, rough-cut plank. Or, pick up a vintage mantel at your local antique store. For a truly updated look, go mantel-free and hang a substantial piece of art above.
  • Paint the brick and surround in contrasting colors. Make certain only to paint with heat-rated preparations near the firebox. Try gray walls, pewter on the brick with black on the surround. Or use various shades of warm taupe with bronze or copper. If the metal surround is removable, it’s easier to use spray paint for excellent results.
  • Resurface with tile. A fine herringbone or hexagon mosaic pattern adds interest, or hand-crafted or painted tiles create a distinctive focal point. For a very modern look, consider basket weave or vertical tiles. But, to give your home a historical aspect, consider narrow subway tiles with a subtle glaze.

Turn it into Art

If you don’t burn fires your fireplace, consider turning it into a display for your collection of brass candlesticks, a floral arrangement, or a grouping of urns and vases. Prepare the fireplace for non-use: To reduce heat loss, make sure to turn off the gas, then close the damper. Place a section of fiberglass or foam insulation the width and depth of the opening into the flue. Paint a piece of cardboard black and use it to wedge the insulation in place. Clean the firebricks with your favorite household cleaner and a stiff brush so that soot doesn’t damage your decorative items.If you’re thinking of removing your fireplace or permanently closing it up, take a moment to check with a local property professional to make certain it doesn’t reduce the value of your home.

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Jeannie Anderson

Alain Pinel Realtors® is proud to announce our association with Jeannie Anderson. An integral part of APR is the collaboration of high caliber, capable professionals, and Jeannie certainly fits that profile.

APR is dedicated to excellence - and our association with Jeannie Anderson is a bright example. Jeannie Anderson, (GRI, SRES, CRS) is a real estate marketing representative who takes great pride in her business and community involvement.

Consistently in the International Top 100 Agents, Jeannie is celebrating 39 years of real estate experience. Jeannie has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle & the WSJ, and is a popular consultant to the media.  In 2000 she became the youngest and only the 5th woman to serve as President of the SF Assoc. of Realtors in its 105-year history. She was awarded the prestigious "Agent's Choice" award by Pacific Union in 2000. In 2004 she was the recipient of the  "Most Inspirational Award", which was created in her honor. She and her husband previously owned Anderson Antiques for over 36 years, as well as Anderson Spa Warehouse. In her spare time, Jeannie is an accomplished musician and plays professionally with many well-known musicians in the Bay Area.

As Jeannie's clients will testify, her hard work, knowledge of the market, and superb service prove that she puts her clients first.

Reasons to work with Jeannie:

  • Positive can-do attitude
  • Excellent negotiator
  • Sense of humor and enthusiasm
  • Patient and conscientious
  • 36 years of experience

1982 - Present

  • Member of the San Francisco Association of Realtors
  • California Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors
  • San Francisco Women's Council of Realtors

2003- Present

  • Member of the Contra Costa Association of Realtors and Contra Costa Women's Council of Realtors