Paint, white wash, or completely cover my ugly awkward brick fireplace??? Help!
Since moving in to my house about 5 years ago, I have constantly been upgrading and renovating and I'm nearly satisfied...except for my fireplace. I hate the color of the brick. I hate the wimpy mantel. I especially hate the front that sticks out for no reason and the side parts which also serve no purpose. I am a 30 yr old single female who cannot afford to pay a ton of money to totally redesign the fireplace so I would prefer to be able to do as much as possible myself. Any ideas how I can fix the stupid brick fireplace? I am was originally afraid to paint it white just because the brick is one of the only architectural features the house has to offer. Lately I've been thinking brick-anew or white washing it then replacing the mantle with a more substantial one. See the pics of my living area & color scheme. Any advice?