Good Questions: Fake Fireplace Makover Suggestions?

Good Questions: Fake Fireplace Makover Suggestions?

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Maxwell Ryan
Aug 17, 2006
Hello AT, We moved into our place nearly a year ago and since then, we've been struggling as to what to do about our fireplace. It's the focal point of the living room and everything about it is fake. What was once a woodburning fireplace was converted to working gas fireplace. The marble in the picture isn't marble but someone's poor attempt at trompe l'oeil that isn't fooling anyone. The molding on the mantle is painted to look like carved ivory. Even the log in the gas fireplace looks fake, fake, fake! The black around the fireplace is some sort of granite-like material....

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I'm looking for some suggestions on how to make this a beautiful focal point instead of the eyesore it is. I have a shoestring budget to work with and we'd have to be able to do it ourselves. So unfortunately converting the fireplace back to woodburning isn't an option at this time. I'm hoping the creative readers of AT will be able to provide some ideas or inspiration. Thanks in advance, Rachel Dear Rachel, Tough one. We observe the following: 1. The fireplace mantle is too high for the room, meaning the top is too thick 2. The trompe l'oeuil is not so nice 3. The brass touches are not so nice 4. The fireplace itself seems closed in would try the following: 1. Paint the trim around the fireplace the same as the white window trim 2. Paint everything above that the same color as the walls to blend in 3. Remove all objects on mantle, except possible propping a painting on it instead of hanging it above 4. Remove as much of the metal fireplace housing as possible to open it up. We don't have a problem with gas fireplaces, but it would be nice to make it less enclosed Ideally, however, we would remove the top of the fireplace mantle, removing the big blank strip and put the mantle just above the opening to the fireplace, painting all a semi-gloss white. Perhaps this can be affordably done. Anyone else?? 4.
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