I hate my fireplace. From the design to the color, its just plain ugly. It is 26 feet tall and juts out like a boats' bow into my living room. My husband suggested embracing its 'boatness' and putting a figurehead on the front! Hmm, no. It also has a big black pole in the middle, I suppose it is holding up all the bricks, so I know I am stuck with it. So, what is there to do? I am seeking your opinion. I know that I want mantels, one on each side. I also would love to redo the surface with river rocks or faux stone, but we just cannot afford it right now. The question I am struggling with: Should I paint my fireplace??? Its a scary thing. I have heard for years that you should never paint a fireplace because the paint is so hard to remove. I have been looking around for pictures of painted fireplaces, and I still have not made a decision. So, if this was your ugly fireplace, what would YOU do?
Here are some before and after pictures. This was done by Kristi of Addicted 2 Decorating. I love how this fireplace looks. Its amazing what paint can do!
Here's a before and after from Better Homes and Garden
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