What do I do with this fire place?!?

We bought this foreclosure, but have no idea what to do with this tacky fireplace! Any ideas?!? You can see from the last picture that we've definitely made some improvements, but I just don't know how to make this fireplace look normal. Help!!
q what do i do with this fire place, fireplaces mantels, home decor, living room ideas
q what do i do with this fire place, fireplaces mantels, home decor, living room ideas
q what do i do with this fire place, fireplaces mantels, home decor, living room ideas
q what do i do with this fire place, fireplaces mantels, home decor, living room ideas
  36 answers
  • Donna McCrummen Donna McCrummen on Jan 26, 2012
    This is nice compared to my fireplace. How about stone up to the ceiling? or a nice surround?

  • I think I would build the jut-out up to the ceiling and face with stone (or whatever material that will fit your style) and put on a proper mantel. Then do the same size built-ins on both sides that will not be as deep as the fireplace and and not come any closer than 3 feet from the window. OR you could go asymmetrical with a cool stucco or concrete finish built around the fireplace (say 3 to 4 feet to the right and 2 feet to the left) floor to ceiling with "cubby holes" for display. Whatever style might fit your decor.

  • Kylie Kylie on Jan 26, 2012
    Thanks for the suggestions...if you look at the fourth picture you can see that the ceiling slants...do you still think it would look good to build up to the ceiling?

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on Jan 26, 2012
    I think ( and I am NOT a great interior person) that maybe you need to add some built ins around it because it juts out so very much into the room. This is not exactly what I was thinking but maybe something similar? http://pinterest.com/pin/234890936784824670/

  • Kylie Kylie on Jan 26, 2012
    Also, if anyone has pictures that I could use where someone did something similar that would be awesome!! It's hard to just imagine without having something to look at...

  • Pedini of Atlanta, LLC Pedini of Atlanta, LLC on Jan 26, 2012
    Adding some horizontal elements would help the proportions a lot. Some bookcases with a top that continues over the mantle would change the look dramatically.

  • Couple ideas that spring to my mind are to tile the outside faces of the area. also, maybe add some shelving above it so it doesn't look like it sticks out of the wall so much.

  • Kylie Kylie on Jan 26, 2012
    Any idea how much it would cost to add the book cases/mantle? And do you have a contact in the Atl area that could do it at a reasonable price for me?

  • Pedini of Atlanta, LLC Pedini of Atlanta, LLC on Jan 26, 2012
    the cost would depend on how elaborate you make it, something simple should not cost much to do and any decent carpenter should be able to put something together for you. If you use paint grade materials you should be able to do something simple for under $1500.00.

  • Pedini of Atlanta, LLC Pedini of Atlanta, LLC on Jan 26, 2012
    This is an idea but a bit traditional for the look of that room

  • Is this a new home? Your options are wide open. Could you share any photos of the furnishings that will be going in there? That would help us to make recommendations based upon your personal style.

  • Anna K Anna K on Jan 26, 2012
    i second walls treat statement- knowing what style you want is crucial, seeing a couch or table would help to match it up perfectly... if the style is playful mediterranian tiles would be awesome with a color matching painting to fill the void between mantle and ceiling-stone would be my choice-all the way to the ceiling, but that is more mountain/natural feeling. brick could be good too-just depends on your style.

  • Stone to the ceiling that is on angle would look fine if it fits the decor and style of the home. Personally I would take the whole thing out patch the vent, (where is the vent) hole and finish the entire room. If you still want a fireplace, build it into wall flush and let it be outside. Fireplaces waste all sorts of heat and are really only used a few times a year anyway with most households.

  • Get rid of it. It's a wart on a toad

  • Donna McCrummen Donna McCrummen on Jan 27, 2012
    I love the pic Pedini posted. It looks like you could do something like that with simple store bought (nice wood ones not Ikea) bookcases. Add moulding and make them look built in.

  • Depends what you have for a budget...you have several good contractors posting on Hometalk. Lot's of options: you could trim the upper edge with stained oak moldings to give it more of a mantle look and tie in with the floors....you can repaint the back with black fireplace paint; you can put in a stone or slate hearth; you can face the fireplace with slate, tile, or stone....if it were me and I planned on staying awhile...I'd take stack stone from floor to ceiling & install an outlet for either a tv or to light a nice piece of art. You could also create some nice stained boxes..maybe 3 of them and staggered them above the fireplace...creative, cheap and a nice display. We teach clients how to buy foreclosures and HandyANDY works with the banks to finance the repairs...good stuff!

  • Most people tend to like classical designs, some people really love minimalist. Which way are you leaning? Because I like classical things, I would put a gorgeous natural stone from floor to ceiling. Let me know if I can help.

  • J K J K on Jan 27, 2012
    I would slap on some glass tile from top to bottom! Add a mantle and finish it off with a gorgeous mirror and accessories. I'm going through a "white" phase right now, so I'd definetly use a white theme. You can never go wrong with white, it's timeless elegance.

  • Laura G Laura G on Jan 27, 2012
    I found this fantastic mosaic tile design that I loved, might not be your style but definitely something to consider. Check out the pic! The tiles are irridescent smokey quartz and are absolutely stunning!

  • Laura G Laura G on Jan 27, 2012
    Another suggestion is to actually make an extension to the facade of the fireplace to go up to the ceiling. It would make a great focal point.

  • Kylie Kylie on Jan 27, 2012
    Here are some current pictures of my living room. Hopefully this will give you a better idea! Contractors in the Atl area...how much would it be to take it to the ceiling?

  • It looks like you have a large room with a high vaulted ceiling. We had a similar situation with one of our clients in Phoenix. We built the upper part of the fireplace out farther to match the depth of the new custom cabinets and create an alcove to house the TV. We added a sensor in with the TV area to enable us to hide all of the electronics inside one of the lower cabinets. The further you build out the upper area the larger and more proportionate the fireplace will be to the large room. If you add cabinetry it will further add to the focal point that will benefit your room. We used a light colored travertine in a dry stack pattern but you could use any number of stones or patterns. For more info and photos visit http://www.homeworkremodels.net/stacked-stone-fireplace.html

  • Faidra at  CA Global Inc Faidra at CA Global Inc on Jan 27, 2012
    you have a wonderful canvas to start with, I'd do floor to ceiling built ins

  • Your room can be just as wonderful with a little imagination and creative remodeling. Your room has the same bones. Your fireplace doesn't have to be a carbon copy to be knock-out.

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Jan 27, 2012
    I love the color you picked out, and the floors. Such a warm feeling room! Very nice!

  • J C J C on Jan 28, 2012
    Needs mantle, depending on the style of the home, ie. traditional home=wood style mantle, contemporary home=more contemporary style mantle-either can be paired with tile or stacked stone. Room is big so you must keep in mind not to "over" do it in size. Best of luck-love the color too!!

  • Amy B Amy B on Jan 28, 2012
    Mantle above ....

  • Bookshelves on the sides and build an area on top for flat screen or large mirror to go inside the full floor to ceiling build out. It needs to be finished out to make it look like part of the room, right now it looks out of place.

  • Patricia L Patricia L on May 19, 2012
    I think it is crying out for built in shelving,storage and shelves galore.

  • Terra Gazelle Terra Gazelle on Dec 28, 2014
    Add a mantle, maybe a chunky beam..and tile the fireplace, either stacked rock or glass tiles. Add a hearth, maybe just a cement slab with tiles. I like a bit of rustic..No matter which way you do it..it needs a mantel and something for the surround. Someone said something about built ins..that would be great..add some character.

  • Terra Gazelle Terra Gazelle on Dec 28, 2014
    My fireplace is very traditional...

  • Kayo Frazier Kayo Frazier on Jan 13, 2015
    Ok, I'm back to give you another idea that would work beautifully w/ your fireplace. Not sure if you like copper but I found 2 fireplaces that you could combo together. I would top the whole fireplace w/ wood plus a chunky mantel then paint them black. You can do this for the front of the fireplace. http://www.copperirondesigns.com/images/contemporary/fireplaces/Forged-steel-and-antique-co.jpg Then for the sides you can do this... https://www.colorcopper.com/product_images/uploaded_images/copper-fireplace.jpg Hope this helps

  • Victoria D Victoria D on Jan 13, 2015
    Definitely needs ooms build in shelves open or with doors a mantel and tiling of your choice. Some people use IKEA shelving and add doors, its the typical that looks good since you have a lot of wall and the room its very large. Oh and please get rid of the carpet asap as you can.

  • Sarah Jester Sarah Jester on Feb 05, 2015
    I would paint the fireplace a different color then the wall color for sure, and then like Shelly D posted ,, the 3rd pic , and maybe bookcases built on both sides. I don't know if stickers would stay with the heat but that is option too , to add the wall art stickers with a nice saying in black something like this ,, and put family photo's on the mantel

  • Audrey Audrey on May 02, 2015
    I would put Faux Panels, to cover the fire place, and a large mantle.

  • Joy Everafter Joy Everafter on Aug 06, 2015
    If I were redoing this fireplace, I would cover the ugly green surround with some stacked stone for a traditional design. If you are going with a more contemporary design scheme, apply glass tiles to the fireplace surround and extend the tiles all the way to the ceiling. Add a mantle to compliment whatever type of material you use to cover the fireplace surround. To each side of the fireplace, shelving units the same depth of the fireplace will help provide a more recessed look for the fireplace and provide a place to showcase books and/or favorite art and family pictures. I have a ton of ideas to make this fireplace a great feature for the room, but this post is getting long as it is. Be sure to show us some pics of the finished project!