last time I painted I painted the fireplace wall red to add a touch of daring. I also textured it by adding 12 pounds of dry wall mud on it with a putty knife to add some interest. Since the whole house is being painted by moi, this is the before. The after will be coming a little later. I left the texture on the wall and it took two days of painting with a brush to get in all the little nooks and crannies. Thank goodness I only put texture on one wall.