Ideas for Updating My Fireplace?

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Q: Hi, I just moved into a new condo in an older building from the late 1800s. I don't like my fireplace and would like to change it with either paint or new tiles. I have seen pictures of other houses/condos with similar fireplaces, so I think it may be a common style. I would love to get some suggestions on what others have done to update their similar fireplaces. Thanks!
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Editor: Personally, I wouldn't touch it! The woodwork appears to be in very good condition and they just don't make this kind of mantle anymore! I think you could address aesthetics with a limited number of accessories or plants — it would look fantastic to cover the surrounding walls with a collection of plates, for example.

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