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What Should We Do With This Gigantic Fireplace That Needs Updating??

3 years ago

We have a gigantic fireplace (4-1/2 ft tall, 5-1/2 ft wide opening) that has baffled us for years because the upper half, particularly above the logs, is an eyesore. Also, the fireplace is too large for a screen, is offset on the wall, and is offset within the opening because of the wood storage/planter area. We just tried painting it and would like to update it by possibly reducing the opening, adding a mantel/surround, etc, on a budget. Currently it has unused gas logs, so we would rather it be empty/decorated or switched to an electric insert. We've thought about adding a wood surround for dimension (but what shape?), adding herringbone tiles inside (but there are so many weird angles/jogs inside), removing the wood storage/planter compartment (but concerned that it is structural). Any thoughts/ideas would be greatly appreciated!!

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