NY Good Questions: Can the Fireplace “Oven” be Removed?

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Hello AT,

Help! Not sure how to do damage control on this working fireplace.

Apparently, the “oven” like feature will help heat my apartment, but I’ll sacrifice that for a nicer looking fireplace. Can that be removed/ pulled out?

The walls are now all white in the room and I’m wondering if I should paint the mantle white as well. (There’s brick just to the right of the fireplace which is behind a white spiral staircase.)

I’m also not a fan of the brick on the fireplace. My neighbors all have tile.

I am not interested in sinking a lot of money into this, so any inexpensive ideas would be great…

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

Also, I’m trying to find the right piece, maybe a mirror, to hang above the mantle. Love to hear your ideas.

Thanks! Who