Pinner diluted white paint half and half with water. The brick's dark color was slightly whitened each time she applied a coat. She kept reapplying coats until it whitened the dark color to her satisfaction.
Make your own fireplace.no chimney required. Use an old mantle structure and have several candles serve as your "fire." This lovely vintage room lends itself perfectly for this idea well. White mantle and mirror, candles and lanterns.