What to do with the fireplace....

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I need some ideas on what to do with this fireplace. I am in the process of painting the built in bookcase next to it white. We don't have a ton of money to spend so ripping the brick off and replacing is out of the question. The brick is very rough in texture...
q ideas for fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels, home improvement
q ideas for fireplace makeover, fireplaces mantels, home improvement
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  • Queenie bell Queenie bell on May 18, 2015
    Paint dark color and light color for mantel it would bring it out...I like it

  • Darla Darla on May 18, 2015
    If you're going to paint the brick, don't do it a solid color, especially rough brick. Just hit the high spots with a brush or roller and don't paint the mortar.

  • Creativeme Creativeme on May 18, 2015
    -There are brick dyes at the hardware store. I would rather dye than paint. Perhaps a dark color that has a hue the same as the wood. For the bricks inside of the surround I used premixed mortar and covered all. Then painted it in antique white. Mortar was very easy to use, went on quickly, and allowed the fireplace to stand on it's own rather than more brick. I did give the mortar a bit of texture. Actually you could do the entire brick area this way. Mine has stood up for 10 years and no issues of cracks, etc.

  • Lagree Wyndham Lagree Wyndham on May 18, 2015
    Cover it in Ardex concrete, and paint the mantle white. That should really pop.

  • Replacing the mantel would be a good start. It certainly wouldn't be costly, just a rough hewn beam or sleek painted white beam would be great. I would agree with @Lagree Wyndham on the Ardex- that would be fantastic, though giving brick dye a shot first certainly wouldn't hurt!

  • Leslie Leslie on May 18, 2015
    Agree with Lagree Wyndham and Natasha, only take the old mantel off and put up a large white beam for the mantel.

  • Kayo Frazier Kayo Frazier on May 19, 2015
    Here's my 2 cents...If you are painting the built in bookcases white continue on w/ the fireplace make that white too. It will give the space some much needed continuity & brighten up the space. I would remove the wooden mantel & replace it w/ a chunky 2' thick mantel in dark stain or black paint. I would trim the fireplace surround w/ black & copper about 2-3' wide. I would also paint the fireplace tools high heat black spray paint. Hope this helps.

  • Capernius Capernius on May 19, 2015
    my first thought was whitewash the brick.... sand down the mantel & stain it....for the scroll work on the mantel, stain it a color darker than the rest of the mantel to make it stand out...

  • Lindcurt Lindcurt on May 20, 2015
    I like the single horizontal mantle suggestion best. Maybe one that looks like the top of your present mantle but it would be the entire length of the brick. Rustic would not look well with your more formal bookcase. I have seen fireplace redo's that have been refaced with porcelain or ceramic tiles. It would be a more modern look. With that you could change the color and style to what ever you desire.

  • Carol Shier Carol Shier on May 20, 2015
    I would cover it with either marbel or mirrors.

  • Jocelyn kolia Jocelyn kolia on May 22, 2015
    Paint the wall white and stress down wooden fire place into an antique white. No color. You will just make it all stand out. Have fun.