That ugly plywood surround drove me crazy from day one. But I'm a single mom on a VERY limited budget and just as limited experience. But I figured what the hey, it's MY house, if I mess it up no one will yell at me but me. So I gave it a try and I have to say, I'm pretty proud of the results! Now, if anyone can help me put in a wall switch to turn the fireplace on, I would appreciate it! It's a remote control and it pooped out (yes, I changed the batteries in both the remote and the remote box). It turns on manually at the box but what a pain, I just want to add a wall switch and toss the remote out the window! YouTube makes it look easy but I'd like to hear from someone who has done it...Thanks!
Did this backwards...this is the after...retiled hearth, surround, new mantel with a fresh coat of off white paint.
This is the cheap, ugly mantel/surround that came with the house. I was SO glad to find reasonable tile and the courage to DIY (total amateur).