Lucky for me, our house was in need of some serious updating when we bought it. One eyesore that screamed makeover was the gigantic fireplace in our living room. Here it is before:
I wanted to make the room brighter and more unified, so I painted it bright white. (the trim, baseboard and walls are also painted, more on that later) Here it is after:
Since buying a new fireplace screen wasn't in the budget, I decided to just spray paint the one we had with heat resistant paint. (The big black box on the mantle is our TV).