It is not always possible to have the chance to pick out the exact type of fireplace that we want in a home. When we move in we have to deal with what we have and hope that our imagination and hard work will fix any problems. Having a fireplace that is outdated will bring down the look of the room. One of the best ways to fix this is by replacing the surround.
There are two ways in which you are able to repair or replace the fireplace surround. The first is to design and build it from scratch. This will require that you measure the entire area, pick out the wood, stone, or tile you wish to use, have it cut to the right size, and then put it all together. It is a rather long process and can be very expensive.
Those of us who are on a budget and do not have the tools or patience to build one should instead invest in a fireplace surround kit. These kits will cost anywhere between $60 to $700 and are made using all types of materials including metal and wood.
Each one comes with a full size surround that includes the legs, mounting boards, skirt, and trim molding. It is possible to purchase them ready to be installed around your fireplace and already fully decorated. However, you can save a bit of money if you purchase something that you can paint yourself.
Before you can run out and purchase the fireplace surround kit you have to know which one to get. Measure the surround that is currently around the fireplace. You will need the width of the legs and the mantel as well as the height of the legs and the mantel. It is possible to go bigger if you think that there is space for it.
Once you have the measurements down you can start your search for the right look that you wish to use in your home. Try to find something that will match with the colors and theme already being used. Wood is the most affordable and versatile. You can also find them in various types of stones. If you do purchase a marble surround kit make sure that it comes with wax. This is used to protect the surface of the marble from stains.