We've got this wood stove, with a brick surround fireplace and mantle that I desperately want to update while still keeping the stove. (I've already got plans to update the surrounding shelves and we installed the red oak flooring ourselves a few years back). I'd like to do some kind of tile over the brick, but could suffer with just a paint job on it. As you can see from the photos the wood stove rests directly on the brick and I can't see how to get around it. (I don't think we are going to be able to remove the stove, do the work, and put it back in. It just weighs too much and I don't want the risk of hurting the floors.) Also, what kind of tile etc. should I use??? All the tile over brick updates I've seen don't have a wood stove... If paint, what kind can tolerate being so close to the stove? Next is the mantle, in the picture below you can see how there is kind of heat deflector plate attached to the existing mantle. We'd really like to do something beautiful for the mantel (it has so much potential!), but I am worried about the heat coming off the stove and ruining it.... Must we have a deflector plate? Any and all advice welcome I've done a lot of research, but not seen a set-up like ours. Am I just kidding myself or is this a doable project? Should I just hire a professional? I love DIY, but just researching this has been a pain.