How to update this fireplace?

What can be done to update this fireplace? It’s brick but has about 5 coats of paint on it. The mantle ledge is 2” deep. Can it be dry walled over? The hearth is also one layer of that same painted brick about 1.5” high and 2’ deep. Help! Please
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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 29, 2017
    I would paint it again, but this time the same colour as the walls...........You would then lose it visually. If it is still not what you want, you could Box the whole lot in...........

  • SandyG SandyG on Nov 29, 2017
    Wow, that is a tall fireplace structure. Is it real concrete/stone or fake stone? How are the upper fireplace stones attached? If possible, I would remove upper stones and then attach a wooden mantle/surround over bottom portion. If you sheetrock over it you will have an off-set that sticks out, which would look good also and much easier to decorate. Hope you get some great ideas!

    • Melodie Coleman Melodie Coleman on Nov 29, 2017
      It’s actual brick and mortar that runs into the wall And to the outside Of the house. The house was built mid 70s. The people across the street took there’s out and it cost a fortune to repair the inside and outside. May end up with sheet rock but not sure how to fill in area in center that is inset at the top by the firebox. Right now the fireplace grate fills it in

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Nov 29, 2017
    If you want to dry wall it, you'll need to box it all in so that you have something to nail the dry wall to. If you did that, you could also add a proper mantle. How are your carpentry skills? Here are some ideas from Pinterest, but if it were me, I'd use or to further explore your options and how to do them. Another great place is to find video's that show you exactly how to do things. If you have a great skill level you'll be fine but if you need some help, watching video's and reading articles can really help. Wishing you the best with your project!

  • Sharon Sharon on Nov 29, 2017
    Wow, thats about the oddest fireplace I've seen,,,, and my first husband was a mason.
    I would box that in with drywall/backer board and give it some kind of treatment like tile, I did mine in large 26x6" tiles in a herringbone pattern. You could also stucco it or simply paint it same color as walls.
    As to the hearth, if there is enough room from the floor to the edge of the firebox, I would cap it with a slab of marble, granite or stained concrete.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Nov 29, 2017
    Sometimes you just have to wonder what was going on in someone's head! I'm for boxing it in, doing a tile or stone on the bottom and drywall on top so that its at least a solid surface, then adding a nice mantle. Or, I suppose you could put shelves all the way up and put some large, interesting pieces for display.

  • SandyG SandyG on Nov 29, 2017
    I've never seen a fireplace like that and never would have thought it was inside/outside laid up. Wow, a mess and what an expense to take it out. If you are not DIY, maybe get a contractor in to see about sheetrock. Good luck. I'm sure someone will have a solution.