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Old 08-24-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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Removing an inefficient gas fireplace - help?


We want to remove this very large fireplace, to add sq.ft. to our livingroom, we are challenged with popcorn ceiling there is going to be an area of 5x3.5' area that will not have popcorn. Any ideas on how we can cover this area. We want to hang our TV is this area. So possible built in shelving above the TV, to cover the area?

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And without a picture how would we know what to suggest?

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Joe is correct, a few photos go a long way in getting informative feedback ....

is your fireplace an interior fireplace or on an outside wall? wood framed or masonry? direct vent or chimney? a few photos can answer such questions
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It is an outside wall. I've already started the removing the brick surrounding the outside of the fireplace. This does not have a outside chimney, It stops at the ceiling area. So we will have to build the ceiling in this area. It was for show more than anything. The way it was built, it just takes up a lot of floor space.
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same thing with the floor after you remove the brick. maybe use a different floor material such as tile
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You can buy polystyrene pellets in different diameters to help blend in with the popcorn ceiling. Just mix them in with primer and roll or brush on for such a small area. Then apply your finish coats.

You could rent a sprayer for applying popcorn texture with the little drop hopper thing. Same concept but you spray the material on like it was probably done in the first place.

Whatever you do, do not waste your money on those stupid cans of popcorn repair that give you about a 2 second burst for $20 a can.

Know that many of us think popcorn ceilings done only to skimp on taping and mudding and priming ceilings are the work of the devil! Many of us have spent countless hours getting rid of them.

The floor may be a bigger challenge but it looks like you have wtw carpeting?

Kind of hate to see you get rid of a fireplace but I understand if it is so inefficient you never use it it serves no purpose. They tend to be nice selling features though.

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I did remove all the brick which has given some floor space back. We are now looking to leave the fireplace, put a built-in over the fireplace for the tv. I was surprised to see how small the fireplace was after removing the brick. Thanks for the popcorn ceiling advise, we would love to remove it from the house completely. I may be back, we are completely remodeling this house from the 1990's. Removed all the carpet and are going to put in hardwood floors and tile in the kitchen and baths.
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