I need design ideas for my fireplace mantle, we had a fire in the floor in front of the hearth so all tile on floor is new (unfortunately wrong color choice) oh well! That has to stay because the front entry is same tile. We plan to eventually convert to gas. My question is the funky hole meant for wood storage, we never use, it's cold and ugly.
Soooo would you
1. Drywall over hole retile brick and build a beautiful mantle or
2. Leave hole, retile brick and built beautiful mantle right across all width Or
3. Paint brick with either combo 1 or 2
We plan on eventually removing far left window and door and put in a French door that leads to existing three season porch. Also to the right of fireplace is front entry door.
Thanks in advance