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I am buying this townhouse and want to update the brick wall.
bizzy
January 19, 2013 in Design Dilemma
paint or tile? white? blackmantle with white brick? HELP!
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Barbara Griffith Designs
Consider leaving the brick hearth and building a surround and mantle that covers the entire brick surface except for a small amount around the firebox opening. Have a generous mantle, not quite as high as the current one, and have three trimmed out sections above. The center one wide, flanked by 2 narrower ones. In the center one you could hang a great large mirror or colorful piece of art.
January 19, 2013 at 8:36am     
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jannielee
Are these your furnishings? Are you looking for a more contemporary look or traditional?
January 19, 2013 at 8:42am   
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bizzy
no they aren't mine.I haven't moved in yet. contemporary/transistional-
January 19, 2013 at 8:45am   
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jannielee
How about your furniture colors?
January 19, 2013 at 8:56am   
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bizzy
no furniture yet either it's a blank slate
January 19, 2013 at 9:14am   
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bizzy
Barbara, i'd love to see a sketch of what that would look like
January 19, 2013 at 9:19am   
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Barbara Griffith Designs
Ok..but no comments on how bad this quick sketch looks. You would cover the entire back surface with wood, then choose substantial size trim pieces to simply attach to the surface. The mantle should be thicker and go just over the sides if possible. Support the mantle with large corbels. Don't let anyone see this awful sketch..ha.
January 19, 2013 at 10:05am   
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Barbara Griffith Designs
You would have to click on the awful sketch to see the whole thing.
January 19, 2013 at 10:05am     
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Chris Saper Portraits & Fine Art
How about slate? I think that replacing the tiny shapes with larger shapes (maybe a 16" tile or so) will make the space fell more contemporary.

PS Barbara, I can tell exactly what you mean by your sketch:) and I love your idea!
January 19, 2013 at 10:19am   
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Barbara Griffith Designs
No one was suppose to look at that sketch..
January 19, 2013 at 10:29am     
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Chris Saper Portraits & Fine Art
LOL I am an artist, so I definitely appreciate the concept sketch:)
January 19, 2013 at 12:23pm   
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Barbara Griffith Designs
These drawings are know as my "scratchings"..
January 19, 2013 at 3:05pm     
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