Wainscot a fireplace
Below is a photo of my current fireplace. I'm about to install new hardwood flooring in this room, and I'd like to update the look of the fireplace.
I've seen some fireplaces with a wainscot look. Can I do the same with mine by keeping the current mantel, painting it white, and building a paneled wainscot on top of the tile that surrounds the fireplace? The biggest worry I have is having wood paneling so close to the edges (glued over the current tile).
Photos of current fireplace, and a similar design that I'd like to achieve: