Okay, I’ve got another design dilemma as we are nearing the home stretch. Like many remodels, ours has taken about double the time and double the money than the original budget.  As such, we’ve very little money to finish up the lingering projects, one of which is the double-sided fireplace in the center of the room.  I love this fireplace. We spent a lot of money opening up the house to create an “open concept” with the fireplace as a centerpiece between the living room and dining room.  It used to look like this, with a closed wall and cabinetry: IMG_3927 We demo’d the wall and the extraneous brick: image And now it looks like this:Photo Nov 30, 10 38 57 AM
My original plan was to cover the fireplace in a monochromatic stone cladding. I’ve always loved this look, and I thought it would add a nice focus to each room to have this kind of stone around the fireplace.

Stone Cladding:

The problem is, this idea is way out of our budget. Stone cladding is really expensive, and it’s also hard to find.  I think this idea is out of our reach at this point. So, here are the options that we can afford:

Stucco

Source: houzz.com via Kristen on Pinterest
Source: houzz.com via Kristen on Pinterest

  Doing a smooth coat of stucco could give us the look of concrete without the expense, and could be a quick and simple solution.

Drywall

Source: houzz.com via Kristen on Pinterest
Source: houzz.com via Kristen on Pinterest

  It seems like a lot of new construction homes have drywalled fireplaces. I think this could be an easy solution to wrap it in drywall, but I also think it’s a little boring.

Painted Brick

Source: houzz.com via Kristen on Pinterest
Source: houzz.com via Kristen on Pinterest

  The easiest solution would be to just paint the brick. But because the fireplace was cut on one side, we would have to repair it, and it’s possible the patch job will look a little . . . patchy. So, wrapping it might be easier. Oy vey. Any ideas I am missing? What would you do?