Suggestions For Living Room & Fireplace Makeover?

Suggestions For Living Room & Fireplace Makeover?

Kristen Lubbe
Jul 29, 2011

Q: We're giving our living room and fireplace a makeover. The fireplace has deep grout that makes a simple re-paint job difficult and I don't like the dust accumulation in the grout areas. We will replace the drywall and plan to tile over the brick with Walker Zanger tile called Sansui. My husband and I can't decide if we should hang these long and narrow tiles vertical or horizontal. What should we do with the damaged black slate bench, keep it or change it?

The floor right now is a painted subfloor. Our kitchen has red oak flooring which is in need of refinishing and the front hall (near the fireplace) is tiled with the black slate. Should we match the kitchen (red oak, but it won't match exactly and there is a height difference) or go with another type of surface (maybe cork or tile?). Should we change the entry flooring to match the kitchen?
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