We liked the fireplace wall well enough but it didn't really suit the house so after six years of wood burning fires we decided to change over to a gas fireplace. We ordered it last month and so we had to tear off the deep blue tiles and the faux Grecian mantle and see what was behind it all.
Surprise, we found a few more square feet of living room. A false wall had been built in front of the original fireplace to cover it up. You can see the garish yellow walls behind where the shelves were--and the additional floor space, that was miraculously finished to match the existing floor.
After tearing off the false wall and the studs, this is what was revealed: a classic 1960s brick fireplace. Well, the 1960s were ok but we're going to update this with something--either tile or slate. Many decisions await us here. Do we add a mantel or go right up to the ceiling? Or both? Do we extend the hearth all along the fireplace wall? Do we close it in? What tiles or stone do we face it all with? Should it all be the same material or different? What colour? Oh the agony of it all.
I know that we'll come up with something that we like but the process is unsettling. How do you feel about renovations?