There are many websites and plenty of information about what to do with a brick fireplace. So, there is not a shortage of ideas as to how to cover one up. Another alternative to changing the looks of a brick fireplace is to just tear it down. And construct the wall like you would want it. That's fine. It just cost more money. More contractors involved. And a much longer time to complete. Some of the methods being used to cover fireplaces are quick fixes and usually don't hold up over time. They look okay for a short while. The "DIY" networks make these projects look so simple. And of course they do look good on TV. Up close? The mistakes made are very noticeable up close. With this in mind. Let's look at a more practical and professional approach.

For example, if you have a fireplace and it has brick to the ceiling. Are half way up the wall. And your tired of looking at the brick. We have put together a small eBook that shows you step by step how to cover this brick/stone with sheet rock and finish it out. It can be found
here. Too much brick can make the average room look smaller.

For over 30 years we have seen and performed work on many fireplaces. One of the easiest ways to decorate brick around the fireplace is just paint it. While this is different. A little faster and least expensive to complete. In a few years this will be dull and tiring to look at as well. Also, discoloration and paint chipping that will follow after time. So, you may be back to square one.

The least expensive and best looking way to cover a fireplace is covering it up with plywood, sheetrock and finishing it off with existing texture within the room and paint to blend in with the rest of the room. Including paneling. For more details. Please visit any of the links below for more on that subject.
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Painting @ Home

Cover Fireplace

Paint Concrete Floor