Hello. I need some ideas on what to do with this fireplace. Because of it's location it's the first thing you see when you enter the house. I would really love to take it out completely but the task seems pretty daunting and expensive. The brickwork itself is sloppy with big gobs of mortar oozing unevenly everywhere... so I'm looking for a way to cover it. Paint is the last option. I'm thinking maybe a stucco, plaster or tile. I like the look of tile in general but it probably wouldn't work too well because of the irregular shape. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Here's a pic home.comcast.net/~gavinporter/Fireplace/FP%20007.jpg Also, this area of the house is over a crawlspace. I don't know how much weight plaster or stucco would add but it might be a factor. The brick does not go all the way to the ground. The fireplace sits on a large metal i-beam visible from the crawlspace.