Good Questions: What to do with this Awkward Fireplace?

Good Questions: What to do with this Awkward Fireplace?

Maxwell Ryan
Mar 26, 2008

Hello AT,

Please help! Though I've been an avid reader of shelter mags and blogs for years, I'm at a loss now that I'm a homeowner.

We bought a house from the couple who bought it new(!) in 1950... beautiful oak floors and molding, wide hallways, cedar-lined closets.

But the fireplace and built-in shelves in the living room are "off" somehow, and we're disagreeing as to why...

(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first.)

I think it's because the mantle isn't substantial enough.

My boyfriend thinks it'll be fine once the fireplace surround is painted black (instead of gold-ish).

What should we do with this awkward fireplace?

By the way, the horrid wall-to-wall carpet in the picture has been ripped out.

Thanks! Marisa

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