The fireplace was one of those things I didn't know what to do with for like... 3 and a half years until late at night last week when I decided to just paint the damn thing white. and it worked!
This is what we started with (cue the Jason//Halloween music). Yes, we actually said "wow, yeah, we'll buy that house".
We painted the walls right when we moved in.
BAM! Case of the late night paint crazies. This took 2 coats of white oil based (read: stinky) enamel paint. Open your windows when you do this. I didn't prime it (too lazy/impatient). Trevor had already painted the inside of the fireplace black, and we don't plan on actually using this fireplace, so it's just regular black paint)
I love how happy the space feels now that the fireplace is all white.