Ugly 2-story brick fireplace needs HELP!!

September 9, 2019

We are purchasing a 2-story contemporary house in a very wooded setting. I see potential for the fireplace, but this super-ugly brick has GOT to go!! My first thought was to update it by painting It white, but a friend said that would cause it to lose its architectural focus. Thoughts?

I also considered faux stone panels, but they’re not cheap, when needing to cover front and back of about 20 feet high. Other suggestions for a budget makeover?

As you can see, the whole space screams 80s!

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