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suzane

10:39PM | 07/12/03
Member Since: 07/12/03
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Help! What can I do to add some appeal to my ugly white 1968 brick fireplace? It is backed by some just-as-ugly brown paneling. The other three walls are white. Has anyone found success with a similar ugly firelpalce and room? Thanks for your ideas!

Stanlie

07:13AM | 07/15/03
Member Since: 07/14/03
5 lifetime posts
Is the brick white or do you mean its painted white. I assume you want a real brick fireplace.

If its white brick you could try sponging each brick with several colors of brick colored concrete paint or stain and leaving the grout.

If its painted white then you need to paint the whole thing a grey "grout" color. Then use sand texture paint in brick colors applied each brick.

Since your doing it brick by brick you can stop and start.

suzane

11:34AM | 07/15/03
Member Since: 07/12/03
9 lifetime posts
Thanks, Stanlie, for your reply! As I look at the photo I took (I don't move in to the house until the end of the month) I see that it's not brick, it's more like white (not painted) concrete blocks. Trust me. The entire wall and fireplace is really ugly. Maybe I should remove the paneling and have someone build a mantle that hides the fireplace??? Michael Payne I am not! Please keep sending your ideas!

erik peterson

01:13PM | 07/15/03
Member Since: 06/23/03
224 lifetime posts
I had a similar situation a few houses ago...I had the blocks covered with dry-wall and then a mantle built across the top. This was a 50s house that lended itself to the clean lines that the new fireplace now has. erik

suzane

03:26PM | 07/15/03
Member Since: 07/12/03
9 lifetime posts
Thanks, Erik. That's a great idea and one I'll probably take you up on. This is my first house, so I'm excited to turn this ugly duckling into something beautiful..or at least more pleasing than it is now. Thanks for your help! Suzane

Stanlie

08:43PM | 07/16/03
Member Since: 07/14/03
5 lifetime posts

Im with him. It doesnt sound like it would be worth all that work. Drywall is cheap. Rip the panelling off. Go for the clean walls.

Not sure of your layout but you may be able to forgo drywall and just skim coat with topping compound. Youd be surprized what it will cover. I just used 4 buckets to skim coat a small hall. In some spots its 1/2 inch thick. Sounds like a lot but its only $7 a bucket.

suzane

09:26PM | 07/16/03
Member Since: 07/12/03
9 lifetime posts
I was thinking I would paint over the paneling, but that's probably just as tacky as the paneling itself. I think you're right...the paneling needs to go too (along with the original 1968 green shag carpet!). No wood floors underneath, unfortunately. I'm going to try my hand at laminate click-in flooring. Thanks, again Stanlie, for your suggestions. Being a total novice at home improvement projects I appreciate all the suggestions and help I can get!

suzane

09:37PM | 07/17/03
Member Since: 07/12/03
9 lifetime posts
Ha! Yes, I've lots to do inside AND outside (with all those juniper bushes!). Thanks for all the suggestions...and some tile would definately add a classy touch. Is there any way to post before and after photos? I'd love to see other folks' projects, too.

suzane

10:15AM | 07/19/03
Member Since: 07/12/03
9 lifetime posts
I signed the escrow papers yesterday, so I should have the keys to the front door by Tuesday! Yikes! I can't believe I'm actually buying a home after all these years of renting!

Anyhow...K2: good luck on your kitchen! I think it will be great fun. And, yes, take lots of before and after photos. I would love to have a web site with a reader suggestion board attached. You've probably figured out by now that I bought a fixer-upper...solidly built, just in need of some major updating and beautification and TLC. A website with a reader response board and photos would make it a real community project and lots of fun. I would love it. The thing is, I have no time to build the website now that I am taking possession of the house next week. (Any readers out there want to take on the creation of a website?? Reality Web for home improvement freaks. The diference between "our" site and the HGTV show where you follow the homeowers' remodeling over several segments, is that readers would offer their input on all the changes in the house and landscaping. I think it would be great fun!)

Anyhow...we are in the Concrete section, so back to my firelplace issue. I have put it on hold for now while I decide what to do about the floors. The 60s green shag wall-to-wall carpet is coming out on day one! Now here's the budget decision: Do I re-carpet all three bedrooms, hall and living room OR carpet just the bedrooms and spend extra to install "wood" laminate in the hall and l/r? If I go all carpet I will have $ for a new fence in the backyard or $ toward gutting the dark dingy kitchen. Hmmmmmmmmmm! What to do? I must decide SOON! Stay posted to see what she does. (PS: Keep those ideas and suggestions coming to this highly enthusiastic little home improvement novice!) TTFN...S

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