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Old 05-05-2011, 09:43 PM   #1
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To paint the fireplace or not, that is the question


We're buying a house with a corner propane fireplace and I think it's a bit too dark and overbearing for the space. I wonder if I should paint it a white colour or leave it as is. If I do decide to paint it, how would I go about it?

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Pix and more info please. What's it made of?

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Sorry, forgot to add a pic! It's surrounded by some type of wood but not sure what exactly it is. I've seen many fireplaces with this type of surround but I think it's starting to look a little dated and this one just looks huge in the smallish living room.
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I much prefer a stained wood to a layer of paint. Plus it matches the floor nicely.

Yeah, it might look a bit big. But a painted elephant in the room is still an elephant in the room.

If it were my place I'd leave it.

At least live with it a while. It's very hard to undo painted wood.
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you could always paint it with the wall color to make it go away ..............maybe freshin up the black as well to finish it all off
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You say "We're buying a house." Does that mean that the furniture pictured is not yours?

The couches, rug and wall colors all tend to blend together and disappear leaving just the fireplace. If that is not your furniture, and you get more color in there, you might find it is not as bad as you think.

I know others disagree, but I just really hate to paint a nice wood.
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I like it like it is. You could probably remove and store the top knic-knack shelf and put a plasma TV on top of the actual mantel part. Since it is in the corner, you would be able to watch TV from anywhere in the room.
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I am no interior decorator, but spin that love seat back against the wall.The way it is now gives a hallway effect and projects the firplace too much.
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It's not my furniture...we don't take possesion until next month.

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