What do I need to do to achieve this?
I have a brick structure around my cooking area. Pretty much like this Boone's:
The only differences are:
1. The side walls of mine are half as wide
2. The opening of mine comes lower to the cooktop (or so it seems)
3. It goes all the way to the (9') ceiling.
I want to cover it to achieve a look similar to some combination of these:
Basically, I want the following:
1. Cover the brick (as it is not in a very good shape and is creating dust) all the way to the ceiling.
2. Lower the opening to 32"-36" above the cooktop in order to install a custom hood power pack, so that it won't be very visible. (My current vent situation is similar to Boone's).
3. Paint the cove and the (future) surrounding floor-to-ceiling cabinets in one color so that the cabinets look as part of the wall rather than kitchen cabinets.
4. For that, I need to increase the depth of the structure (front to back) by 0.5" as the existing 24" deep cabinet next to it is sticking out ~0.5".
Do we need to cover with something like a plaster sheet or plywood?
If so, should we then apply some sheetrock to it?
There is a house in our neighborhood that had all brick siding. Before selling it, the owners painted the brick to make it look like Italian plaster of a sort. Somebody told me that they "just painted" over the brick but I doubt it as it has no visible brick at all. The house has been sold and I cannot contact the former owners to ask as I never knew them.
I Googled and read several websites that talked about plastering over brick but the opinions were split (of course!). Some say that it is "a piece of cake" and some say "don't do it", while others recommend smearing mortar over it. ETC.
That is why I am asking you, savvy GWers. :-)
Here is a link that might be useful: Cove similar to mine