Making This Wood-Burning Stove More Attractive?

Making This Wood-Burning Stove More Attractive?

Aaron Able
Sep 10, 2009

Q: The back room of our house is an addition that was put on thirty years after the house was built so it is not on the same heating/cooling system as the rest of the house. Instead, there is an in-wall air conditioner and a wood burning stove. I'm really looking forward to the warmth that the stove provides, but my fiance wants to get rid of it because he thinks it's the ugliest thing he's ever seen...

Sent by Christen

...Granted, I don't think it's beautiful either, but it's extremely practical and there's gotta be SOME way to make it look good, right? The room will be used as our family room but as of now we have no furniture or theme, just new carpet, so we're open to any and all ideas (except we'd like to keep the brick and slate as-is). Is there any way to make this stove fit better in the room and look attractive? Thanks so much! Christen

Editor: Hmm — it is rather bulky! Do you have any idea how efficient it is as a heat source? Do you see yourself using it frequently? These are important questions to ask BEFORE you spend a lot of effort working around it. Who has advice for Christen?

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