I transformed my fireplace using a bargain buy and saved myself over £1k – it looks great but trolls say otherwise

A do-it-yourselfer shared how she gave her stone fireplace a brand-new look with a bargain sale – but the makeover didn’t go over well with social media users.

US social media user and craft fanatic Kelsea was dying to have a black fireplace in her home – but maybe she didn’t want to spend more than £1,000 on it.

To give her fireplace a new look, the mom used some paint and a small brush


To give her fireplace a new look, the mom used some paint and a small brushPhoto credit: Instagram/alwaysa_kozyhome
However, people made fun of both the painting method and the result


However, people made fun of both the painting method and the resultPhoto credit: Instagram/alwaysa_kozyhome

Instead, an idea was born – and she decided to work with her existing fireplace and paint it jet black.

The savvy mother-of-two demonstrated in a video shared to Instagram that she only needed two purchases – a pot of paint and a tiny paintbrush, which she later seemed to regret.

As Kelsea began the transformation process, she quickly realized that the gloss would take some time as the brush was too small.

Though the mother didn’t reveal how many days the project had taken, she chuckled that it felt like “an eternity.”

Quite pleased with the makeover, she also shared the before and after the clipand advises other DIY lovers not to make the same mistake.

“Note to self: Projects take way longer than expected (especially when using a baby brush),” she wrote in the caption.

While Kelsea, who painted the fireplace unbeknownst to her husband, may have been happy with the result, the reaction online was slightly different.

Not only did people blame her for using a “kid’s brush” on the project, but many felt she “ruined” the original chimney.

One person said, “This is awful.”

Another was horrified, writing, “Women of the Earth… STOP PAINTING BRICK AND STONE.” “It doesn’t look good, you’re just bored.”


Another even believed that the new fireplace could ruin their relationship.

“You might want to tell him to bring some divorce papers with him on the way home.”

“Girl… this is embarrassing.” [sic]’ a fourth intervened.

“A terrible idea along with why tf.” [the f**k] “Didn’t you just use a normal brush?” one Instagram fan was amazed.

However, it seems none of the negative feedback has upset Kelsea.

your instagram page, Alwaysa_kozyhomeis full of content for transforming your home and decorating inspiration.

The mom of two, who is all about DIY hacks on a budget, has garnered nearly 31,000 fans on the popular platform.

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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