Thank you for your reply!
Boy, do I ever WISH we could just not look at it! The dang thing is smack ahead of our front door, so there is no way for anyone entering the house to not get an eyeful. It's a beaut, isn't it?
I appreciate the options you posted, but I apologize, I probably should have been clearer in my initial post- we've considered all the options, and while it would be nice to do something more in-depth, our financial limitations have led to our settling on the decision to simply repaint it. We're okay with that.. I'm just looking for advice on colors/techniques to make it look as good as it possibly can (for a brick painted fireplace).
I'm not very good at natural decorating stuff- knowing what colors and finishes work together and stuff. Given the type of home we have and the wall color in the room, what would be good colors to consider? Matte or glossy finish? Should the mantel be painted a different color than the rest of the fireplace? What kind of paint would be best? Do I need to sand or rough it up prior to painting?
I know it's a litany of questions- sorry! Pretty new to this stuff and learning as I go