Just prime and paint with a fuzzy roller and brush to get in cracks.
Hi Marsha, what it the fireplace made of...brick, stone?
Hi Marsha: You can clean out the pit area really good and paint the back and sides of it black or white, then put some flowers in it or something that you like to look at:) Maybe even some of those little battery operated lights. Good luck
Hi this is Marsha. Thank you so much for the helpful ideas and websites for modernizing my old brick unusable fireplace! Now I need to get to it!!