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What are some ideas for changing a 27 year old fireplace? All brick

dimensions are 6 feet wide, raised hearth, 3 foot by 2.5 foot cutout from ceiling to mantel.

  • Kate Hollingsworth
    Kate Hollingsworth Australia
    on Jun 4, 2018

    Try painting the brickwork black (here’s a great example of how that looks: https://www.brightgreendoor.com/our-black-painted-fireplace/ ). I would clad the current brick shelf with timber and extend it either side to the full width of the brick, making it look like a wide floating timber shelf. xx

    • Stacy
      Stacy Vancouver, WA
      on Jun 5, 2018

      Thank you, your black fireplace looks awesome in your house.

  • Sharon
    Sharon Florence, OR
    on Jun 4, 2018

    You could also plaster it .... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ikshIi7zm4 for a more modern look - he has 2 more videos on this technique.

  • Jewell Martin
    Jewell Martin Mesquite, TX
    on Jun 5, 2018

    And I suggest painting it white or whitewashing. If you are good with a sledgehammer, you could knock off the mantle and replace it with a box mantle, maybe painted an accent color. Repaint the fireplace tools and trim with something like burnished copper or shiny silver. Best wishes ☺️

    • Stacy
      Stacy Vancouver, WA
      on Jun 5, 2018

      thank you, I do like the idea of a white wash and possibly creating a box mantel.

  • Vimarhonor
    Vimarhonor
    on Jun 5, 2018

    I would consider filling in the hole with similar bricks and paint the entire surface white whitewash to brighten and give a more contemporary look. Find a piece of art for above the mantel.

    • Stacy
      Stacy Vancouver, WA
      on Jun 5, 2018

      Thank you for your input, I'm thinking a white wash might be the way to go. My living room is not very big, so I'm thinking the lighter the better.

  • Col33604980
    Col33604980
    5 hours ago

    I white washed my fireplace last year and also painted the grout lines darker. it is still my favorite project! Best Wishes!

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