If you have an ugly fireplace, but also have a complex about painting stone, I am here to save the day! (Now pretend I’m leaping into the room wearing a cape with like, a picture of paint can and a fireplace on it. I’m a very specific pretend super-hero).
First, let’s take a closer look at that ugly fireplace. If it’s anything like Better After reader Lacey’s, that’s good news! Look closely. That reddish hue is NOT a natural brick color. It’s just some glossy maroon paint. Woof! Anything’s better than that. Get out your white paint, and while you’re at it, why not beef up that mantle with something substantial to top off the look.