Though the bedroom is quite big compared to our old one, there are so many doors that there's only one wall for a dresser. It makes sense to me to hang the TV over the fireplace so we can have the top of the dress free. Ultimately, I'd love to make the mantle a little more substantial and maybe even enclose some of the shelves on the built in bookcase so we could house the cable box in there so we can hang the TV. At that point, I think we'll tile the hearth and change out the insert/screen thing (how's that for precise language).
There are other more pressing projects on our "to do" list, so the mantle won't be done for a while. As we painted, I wondered if I should just slap a layer of white paint on the brick. I'm torn. I've never felt passionately about leaving brick uncovered, but I know some people thinking painting it is a horrible idea. So I went to Houzz to see examples of brick and painted brick fireplaces.
First, the painted brick fireplaces...
Design by Marianne Simon Design
The brick in the bedroom is in pretty good shape, so I'm tempted to leave it alone for now. However, the images of the painted brick are so nice and bright. We have another brick fireplace that is almost certainly getting a coat of paint, so maybe I should leave this one untouched for now.