Scroll down to see some fun before and after pictures. It made the room feel small because of its mass and the fireplace lacked style. The mass was reduced by using textured sheetrock above the fireplace mantel to match the existing walls.
Keep in mind that some remodeling projects are permanent, so you should be certain that you want to say goodbye to the brick before going ahead.
The easiest way to give your brick fireplace a new look is to paint it.
Depending on your style and the rest of the room, you have several options when it comes to choosing a color.
But like I told my mom when I was trying to convince her to let me paint her fireplace…there is just some brick that doesn’t ever need to see the light of day again….
By the way, you’ll notice that on both of the fireplaces above, I also painted the brass screens. And if you want to build wood mantel that looks like a big chunk of rough hewn wood, you can find those instructions here.