How do I update this fireplace cheaply?
Our wood burning fireplace desperately needs an update as its size and color overwhelms our living room in our small house (1040 sq ft). We received an estimate for converting it into a gas fireplace and updating the surround and mantel. The quote came out to $7-10,000! We don't have that kind of money right now, but I want so desperately to try to improve the fireplace cosmetically for now. My husband and I are beginners when it comes to DIY projects. Thanks for your input!