Below are images of the fireplace in our family room.
We have a Federal-Style House and this fireplace does not carry through with that theme, is very dull,ugly brick, and is too
large for the room. I would like to reface it with a white mantle and tile around the opening to make it recede into the wall. (The country wallpaper will be gone in favor of coordinating style upgrade.)
My main question: There are three stairstep levels of brick that I have indicated that protrude. I would like to flatten both protrusions to apply the wood surround. How were these bricks applied? Can I chisel them away? Any suggestions?
I am not using a purchased mantle and surround but plan to apply
wood and do some panel molding effects.
The present mantle is hollow and was built with crown molding and will be repainted or removed and rebuilt.
I would appreciate any advice from those who have done such a project.