February 4, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We need to update our 1962 fireplace before we install dark hickory wood floors throughout the downstairs in a couple of weeks. I'd like to remove the hearth to enlarge the narrow room. I'm thinking of facing it with wood and moldings, perhaps eliminating the steps above (where I normally have plants); stucco, with wood mantles; sheet rock textured mud with wood mantles; or simply painting it for now (and maybe adding a wood mantle later). We're using Benjamin Moore "Calm" throughout the house in our remodel, so plan to use that color. We have black accents throughout the house. I would use granite or tiles on the floor instead of the hearth, as well as on the face if the wood requires it.