raised concrete fireplace hearth
I have a 1970 dark red brick fireplace. The real problem is the hearth, which is a slab of concrete shelf one foot off the ground. Obviously, the firebox is one-foot up, too. Has anyone dealt with such a hideous feature in their fireplace remodel? How? We plan to put a traditional white mantel/wall over the existing brick (with some brick showing around the firebox), and flanking white painted bookcases. The room's ugly wood panelling is now painted pale yellow.