Our house was built in 1959 & this fireplace is in our living room. We built the section of drywall over the brick to mount our TV too and to hide all the wires in, and we want to leave that how it is (except we're open to repainting it). Obviously the brass has to go, but since the fireplace itself it elevated about a foot off the ground finding a new frame for it without building a hearth seems difficult. I like the original slate flooring so I don't really want to build a hearth and get rid of it. Ideally I would love to convert the fireplace to gas, but that's not in the budget right now. Any low(ish) cost remodel ideas are welcome! We're handy, so we can do a lot ourselves. Thanks so much everyone!