hi!.. not sure if this thread should be in the decoration section of the forum or here so I'm sorry if it has to be moved.. so I have decided to upgrade my natural gas fireplace by redoing the box containing the fireplace insert. the current box is a drywall construction and like most of this condominium unit it was build in a hurry and is not square at all.. plus it looked kinda bad since it was painted very poorly. so I have started by removing the ugly wood molding that was installed around the insert. this molding was exactly the same as what's installed around the door frames. by removing these wood moldings I have noticed that the paint they used was strange and with only a small putty knife I was able to peel most of the paint in large 3 to 4 in chunks.. the paint looked a bit rubbery and very thick. underneath it is all covered with drywall mud. I will be posting some pictures tomorrow since my camera is out of order for tonight. I would like to install a modern clean looking material instead of simply repainting over the drywall.. I am thinking about rocks or something like that. anybody can point me to some ideas and most importantly what should I do next?? can I treat this like a kitchen backsplash?? thanks!!!