Can I drywall around my fireplace?
I'm finishing off a basement that has a fireplace. It was never finished off, just like the rest of the basement. I am framing in walls and drywalling the entire room. We want to drywall around the fireplace.
Do I have to do any masonry work at all? I noticed when some people cover over an existing fireplace surround they have used cement backer-board. If I were to do it that way, can I just mud/tape it and then paint?
Thanks - benj