Slip a new mantle over the old one: Fireplace update. Create a mantle that slips over the top of the existing brick and anchors to the wall on either side! I'm going to have somewhere to hang stockings this year! Now I need stockings.
Building a Stone Veneer Fireplace: Tips for Design Decisions
You can get a high-end look with impact details small and large: try adding bun feet to free-standing cabinetry to give it a furniture-feel, or add some beadboard paneling to spruce up an island. Or you can get really creative with a focal point that is l