How to Modernize and Update Your Gas Fireplace


Is your old gas fireplace looking like it came out of the 1950s, and not in a good “art deco” kind of way? Is it charred, filthy and just looking out of date? Does it form an eyesore rather than enhancing your room? Since your fireplace by its very nature forms the centerpiece of your room, it’s important to have it looking great at all times.

It’s important to make sure that it really “pops,” that it expresses who you are and makes your home a warm and welcoming place. Here are some tips and advice for how to modernize and update your gas fireplace so visitors can’t stop talking about how great your home is.

Update a Gas Fireplace Appearance

The most basic thing you can do to upgrade and update a gas fireplace is to simply change the appearance of it. If you’ve got tons of ugly brass fixtures, you can paint them to get rid of the garish look. If there’s a wood trim that’s a faded, chipped or cracked finish, repaint, or better, strip it down and give it a sleek, natural wood finish!

Just turn off the pilot, disassemble the fireplace, and get to work! Make sure you do your homework on best practices for stripping and replacing paint and finish, but the process, while it takes a lot of elbow grease, can be a lot of fun!

Replace the Guts

The guts of your fireplace can make a huge difference. We’re not necessarily talking about the burners themselves, but the logs. Do your logs look like they’re made of plastic? Are they easily recognizable as fake logs? If so, did you know that you can swap them out for something better? That’s right; these days there are artificial logs for gas fireplaces that look identical to real wood logs. They even glow red when heated just like real logs and resemble the charred look logs get, but without burning themselves or falling apart.

Replacing the guts of your fireplace is economical and it can be one of the best things you can do to spruce up your gas fireplace. They’re lightweight and made from a variety of materials that are completely safe for use. You’ll just need to find logs that are sized right for your fireplace and work with your burners.

Upgrade the Works

If you’re worried about old interior parts, you can always have the entire insides redone. This requires the services of a professional fireplace maintenance and repair company, but it can ensure that your fireplace not only works well, but is absolutely safe, and it can even save you some money in the long run by being far more efficient than your old and outdated equipment.

If you’re interested in updating your old fireplace, check out some inspiring ideas to create the perfect gas log system in your house, and get in touch with Emberside in the Bowling Green area for advice or more information. Give us a call for an appointment or consult today!