Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Can Mr. Fix-It Remodel the Fireplace Himself?

Is there a Mr. Fix-It in your house? A Do-It-Yourselfer? A Weekend Warrior?

A lot of guys take pride in being able to maintain their own home. They wouldn’t dream of hiring someone to replace a couple roof tiles or fix that loose step on the basement stairs. But even seasoned Home Improvers know that some tasks are biting off more than they can chew—especially after a 40+ hour week.

Take that ugly fireplace in the living room. As soon as the walls are painted and new carpet goes in, that fireplace is going to stick out like a sore thumb.

Mr. Fix-It knows that hiring a contractor to tear out a brick fireplace is going to hurt. Oh yeah. He’s going to feel that pain in his pride and his wallet. But breaking out the hammer and the cold chisel, covering the floors, shoring up the, even Mr. Fix-It knows better than to open that can of worms.

Maybe the subject of painting the fireplace brick has come up. But isn’t that against some kind of rule? Isn’t a brick fireplace supposed to look like...brick?

Here’s how an all-in-one fireplace paint kit can get you out of this jam:

  • Paint kits with multiple colors give your painted fireplace the look of real brick.
  • $200 gets you all the tools and supplies you need.
  • Heat-resistant paint is safe to use in a working fireplace.
  • Best of all, you can remodel that fireplace yourself in a single day. If you start on Saturday morning, you might just be done before the game comes on.

Whether the Mr. Fix-It in your house has already transformed the garage into a dream workshop or still has to dig through an old toolbox to find a Phillips screwdriver, there is a do-it-yourself option for remodeling an ugly fireplace. At a fraction of the cost of hiring a contractor, what have you got to lose?

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