We have a brick fireplace (just bought this house) and are going to add a mantel with tile around the opening. Fot the bricks outside
of mantel, I would love to make it look like a wall and put a coat of plaster on it and then paint it. The bricks have been painted. Is this possible without using drywall and if so, what products should I use? I should add that we really don't want to make the fireplace look any bigger since it is 7' across and in a medium sized room...