Help Update My 70's Fireplace!

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Our fireplace is brick and the light orange color is awful! I tweeted Drew and Jonathan Scott of the Property Brothers on HGTV and got some great advice!
"Do a darker base coat with faux effects then paint a lighter coat on top and scratch away the corners and edges."
Any other suggestions that are cheap and easy (other than just painting it a flat color?)
BTW, hate the insets, wish it had a mantle, but I am planning on painting the gold frame over the firebox black.
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Ugly orange brick fireplace.
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