Ugly fireplace
jkoien
July 21, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I need ideas to fix (inexpensively) my funky brick fireplace. Any suggestions appreciated. It seems too big for the wall, and the brick has a weird (striped) texture.
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ford222
I have a very large brick wall with a fireplace in my home. I took a small yellow foam roller and rolled over the whole thing with a white color. It is a hit and miss look--most of the mortar is unpainted and there is red from the brick coming through. It was so easy and you can just put as much white on as you want. If you don't like it you can paint it solid white which I think looks beautiful also.
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Dytecture
That fireplace looks to be in good proportions with the wall. One option is to paint the bricks white for a fresher feel.
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Ferrugio Design + Associates
What kind of budget are you willing to put towards the fireplace? Paint is the least expensive option, but, there are other inexpensive options as well... Plaster over the brick, veneer over the brick, metal sheet over it.... Change the mantle, depends on what "inexpensive" means to you.
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Interior Changes home design
For the least expensive option: You could paint the whole wall in a contrasting color, and go right over the brick like ford222 suggested above. If you add a new color to the full wall it will make the brick become a texture and then the wall will be a focal point. I would definitely add art to this...but not one central piece, think of a grouping of six.

You could also add wood molding right over the top of the brick and completely change the look of the fireplace without very much expense. Run a long mantle board from wall to wall and panel the areas to the left and the right ( right up to within 6" on your firebox). This would change the wall proportions and change the look of the room.
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Nancy Travisinteriors
I would paint the hole room a pewter gray, then paint the fireplace and the whole wall behind it a (2) darker shade of gray. Paint all trim incl doors a white. Add a large sunburst mirror over firepl. 42" center above FP. Will change yr whole rm. also remove any small art from walls use only large pieces 36" or 40" in bold colors.
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Nancy Travisinteriors
Put a black flat firepl screen on FP. Add tall wood candlesticks on mantel, on one end. Get area rug 6x9 centered in front of FP move sofa so directly looking at FP. Take another pic of room from FP.
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Dar Eckert
Looks like you could use a mantle. Your house looks pretty traditional so you can find a lot of options for mantles and fireplace surrounds on-line. Ford's suggestion to add some paint to it would probably be a nice fix while still maintaining the brick. It seems odd that the interior of the fireplace is white instead of brick or blackened from use. Is this a working fireplace? If so you should get a screen. Which can be as wow or minimal as your desire.
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quiltygirl59
Brick can be painted rather inexpensively
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jkoien
Thanks everyone for the tips. I am trying to go for a slightly modern beach cottage look. We bought our house 9 months ago and are finally getting to fixing it up. I was thinking about the paint option- just wondered if there were any other ideas. Here are some pics facing the rest of the room (living room/ dining room). Thanks!!
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Shane Silverman, CKD
I think painting the brick is the best idea. You can rest some pictures on top and it will become more a "built-in furniture" piece than just a fireplace. If you don't use the fireplace, you can also replace the logs with something else as well.
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COASTROAD Hearth & Patio
That fireplace is adorable, although the white-painted interior is throwing me a bit.

I think either painting the brick your trim color or a good whitewash will help it.

Your place doesn't have much cottage-y detail, but if you are headed that way, I'd suggest some simple tongue-and-groove paneling on the upper wall painted your trim color and the adjacent wall painted a sandy beige.
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