AirStone Fireplace and Mantel Makeover

I have a before and after AirStone fireplace and mantel makeover transformation to show you. One that I am super excited to share with you.

Do you remember the post where I asked you what I should do with the top molding on a hutch top that I was discarding?

Fireplace mantel makeover using repurposed furniture

You are all so creative and gave me so many great ideas.  After lots of thought about what I should do…  this is what I did with it…..

AirStone fireplace makeover

… I created a floating mantel and placed it on a newly transformed fireplace wall that used to be brick and is now AirStone – which is a stacked stone perfect for home decorators and DIY’ers.

Both the mantel and the AirStone have completely changed the room. No more brick wall.

Here is what the what the fireplace looked like BEFORE:

Fireplace and mantel makeover using AirStone

An all brick wall and hearth with an opening for wood storage over on the left.


AirStone Fireplace makeover

The makeover was posted on Angie’s List, but since it was a few years ago, the post is not available any longer.

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  1. Amazing! Wow, I love the end results. I am in love with this. You nailed this project.

  2. Ok, I voted for your makeover and not only because I **know** you, but because I seriously thought it was the most attractive. Job very well done! (As usual)

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Susan XO That means a lot to me.

  3. Madeline Kohler says:

    Diane, you are amazing! I have been wanting to make over our brick fireplace for years! We have been in our center hall colonial since 1990 when it was built. When I saw the airstone product at Lowes when it are out awhile ago I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the price and researched the ease of installation! You have given me my inspiration! Thank you for sharing such an awesome tutrorial! The hardest part for me is trying to figure out how to get my husband’s buy-in! I don’t necessarily need his help, but he prefers traditional simplicity, little change and tells me I can do home projects with my next husband! Hmmmm…time to play “lets make a deal”.

  4. Susan Rawlings says:

    Wow you really pulled it all together! Beautiful attention to detail!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Susan – I really wanted a stone fireplace and using the AirStone was such a doable option.

  5. Mary Heicher says:

    I voted again and posted to my Facebook friends. :)

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thank you, thank you so much for voting Mary. It is not in my nature to ask for votes, but it would be nice to win. XOXO

      1. Just wondering if you won. You’re before and after was by far the best. Hope you did!

        1. Diane Henkler says:

          Hi Megan – No I didn’t win, but I was told I came in second. The winner was the guy blogger.

  6. I voted!! I haven’t been on my email for awhile. Moved, downsized, convention and life, just makes me busy!
    Anyway, the last time I was on your page was when you were teasing us about a secret project. I was giddy with excitement~lol.
    I ABSOLUTELY love what you did with the fireplace!! I just want to sit in that space and read!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thank you so much Lori for voting. I really appreciate it. I am sitting in front of the fireplace as I type this.:-) Thanks for reading XO

  7. Patricia Wilson says:

    Diane, I voted for your fireplace makeover…and not just because I love you and your blog. It truly was the very most amazing “before and AFTER. I’m so enjoying following along with you and Ed on your gorgeous lake home transformation…great house bones, beautiful lake, and your good taste and ingenuity.

  8. Hi Diane,
    What an amazing project, where DO you get all your energy?!?!
    I read your blog all the time and I have to say this project just blew me away.
    And, yes, I did vote because this was just the best one. Good luck.

  9. Barbara Jaeger says:

    Lots of hard work with a great result. I voted and will again. Yours is the best!

  10. Gorgeous! You’re a shoe in for the win! I voted and will again!

  11. Terri/Houston lady says:

    I also voted ?

  12. cathy crane says:

    the new fireplace is beautiful – such a stunning change!!!!

  13. Amazing transformation!! Interesting that the new dimension and depth of the wall gives the illusion of the room now seeming larger. Any plans to face the painted brick with wood trim…a la your inspiration photo…perhaps with planking to balance out the wall treatment? You get to do all the hard work while we wait for your updates. Thanks.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Cam – The room looks so much bigger now and now that I got the whole room painted white, it looks even bigger. :-) My plan was to cover the brick in front, but when I went to do it, I could not come up with a way to neatly seam the wood and the top bricks. The top bricks do not hang over so wood could neatly fit right under it to create a nice finished edge. For now I am going to leave it until I come up with a way to blend the top bricks with the front.

  14. Terri/Houston lady says:

    Wow! Looks fantastic!!! So worth the wait ?

  15. DIANE!!! I LOVE IT!!! All of your hard work, it is fabulous !!!
    I have tried to vote for you but my server won’t let me open it!!!
    You are amazing!! Congratulations!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nancy – Thank you and thanks for trying to vote. I appreciate your attempt, but understand everyone has different settings, servers, and browsers that can cause blocks, etc. Readers from Canada can’t vote either. :-(

  16. Sue Bauman says:

    Your mantel and wall transformation is beyond spectacular! And you re-purposed all that moulding! I voted for your before and after in the contest; you deserve to WIN! Your lake home is really coming along. Great job!

  17. WOW, WOW, WOW!! Your fireplace makeover is just BEAUTIFUL!!

  18. patty reed-pederson says:

    That whole fireplace wall looks much better. It was just too long. Now it sure has class. Nice job!

  19. I am sitting here literally with my jaw dropped. It turned our BEAUTIFULLY! I know it was so much hard work and you must just keep walking in the room to look at it! I voted and will continue to do so. In all honesty, it is the best makeover on the site!

  20. I went with an open mind and voted for your mantel makeover without question. You did a great job, Diane! Good luck. ?

  21. Love the new fireplace and mantel. I just voted. Perhaps you could remind us each day? (I know, very high maintenance!)

  22. Barbara Dudas says:

    Love, love, love this! I voted and yours is clearly the best. It’s an amazing transformation!

  23. Diane,
    You never cease to amaze me! You are quite an inspiration….you fireplace and wall look fabulous!

  24. Linda Weeks says:

    Exactly – it’s your vision that makes it so fabulous! Or yours and some of your readers – but I voted for your design, and I’d do it again!!

  25. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage says:

    Looks amazing Diane! The before is my parents house where I grew up. All that is missing is the collection of duck decoys! Glad to see you’re making the house yours!

  26. Diane, this is an absolutely amazing transformation~~what a vision you had! I love that the fireplace and mantel are now the centerpiece of the wall. The AirStone looks terrific, as well as timeless, and the mantel is the icing on the cake…just perfection:) It’s a project that was definitely worth all the sore muscles.

    The crown moulding complements the mantel’s profile nicely, and the rattan chairs blend so well with these colors. I enjoyed reading about the process on Angie’s List. Will vote for you each and every day till the contest is over. Good luck!

  27. Wow, Diane, what a great makeover! It actually makes the room look bigger. I love it. You definitely got my vote!

  28. Love Love your fireplace makeover!! Never saw that coming. Your creativity always amazes me and your energy astounds!! Voted!!

  29. Sheryll $ Critters. says:

    For some reason, I am not able to vote. I wonder if it because I only have a Kindle Fire? You must know I want to vote for you big time!

  30. Love the fireplace and the transformation:)

  31. Elaine Williams in Baltimore says:

    Look fabulous! I think your makeover is the best. Hope you win!

  32. Nice work! Would vote for you but I can’t…

  33. Such a beautiful job! Love everything you are doing to your new lake house. Would love to try this for the ugly fireplace I currently have in our family room.

  34. Michael Wurm Jr says:

    This is amazing! I love the makeover!!! You’re new home is coming along beautifully!! :)

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Michael – Thanks. Making the house truly our own is a labor of love. XO

  35. Voted… for you. Your make over is by far the best in the contest.

  36. Selena Snyder says:

    Hands down, your makeover is the best!!!! I just love everything you do! You got my vote!

  37. What a transformation, Diane! It looks lovely. I can’t imagine ever having the confidence to tackle such a project; I am in awe. Good luck in the competition… Popping over to vote now. Sue x

  38. No contest!!!
    Your fireplace is beautiful. .

  39. I know that brick wall was screaming at you to turn it into something stunning. You did a magical job and it looks fantastic. The entire wall now looks like it belongs in the room. I voted for you! Vikki in VA

  40. Deb Brennan says:

    Wonderful job! Would have voted, but cannot…guess because I am from Canada? Geesh!!

  41. Diane, you should win the contest hands-down! Good Luck! I voted!!

  42. Aside from a sense of loyalty, I voted hands down, for your make-over. I sincerely and seriously think…….you’re gonna win! That is a total and beautiful transformation!!

  43. Donna Dickey says:

    Love it! I voted.

  44. Connie Nikiforoff Designs says:

    Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I’m constantly telling clients to enhance the “spindly, narrow, ho-hum” mantels builders put on fireplaces sometimes. This is a superb example of how to do it right! Best of luck in the contest. Will vote for you!

  45. Wow Diane, that is aahhh-mazing! What a huge improvement that made. And I voted!

  46. Diane! Your fireplace and mantel look phenomenal! I would never have thought the new one was a makeover of the old one, never. I love the simplicity of your new mantel and how the white of the mantel lives so naturally with the stacked stone. You never cease to amaze me with your style and creativity. BTW, I VOTED!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thank you so much Judy XO – I will be posting how I added the vertical planks over the brick on either side of the stone soon. They really helped to create the entire new look.

  47. Fantastic job, looks great!

  48. Diane, I was excited to see the new mantel but the AFTER photo doesn’t appear in the post. I can only see the BEFORE photo. Did something go wrong? I’m anticipating a great look!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kim – Thanks for telling me about the AFTER photo was missing. I must have deleted it by mistake when I was editing the post. It is back in the post.

  49. Debbie @ Refresh Restyle says:


    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Debbie XO

  50. Sheryll $ Critters. says:

    Oh this with the Air stone is wonderful!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      I loved the AirStone I added to the fireplace in my previous house and always wanted to take it to the ceiling. In this house I could. :-)

  51. It’s positively gorgeous Diane! Lots of work…but so worth it! ;)

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Donnamae – It took a lot of focus on my part, but I am so happy that I decided to go for it.

  52. Joanne B. says:

    Absolutely a great makeover! The recycled mantle would have been enough to make a huge difference in this room, but to do all that stonework took it over the top! Even thought the previous brick had texture I love the modern take this stonework adds to the room. I just wish the pictures on Angie’s List were larger so the people voting can see all the detail. You blew the competition away!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Joanne – I figured if I was going to go for it, I was going to do it all the way in the best possible fashion I could as a DIYer.

  53. Great job Diane! I love that you recycled your hutch, too. I just voted for you.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Ann – I appreciate your vote. XO