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Q I'm installing a wooden fire surround, which has two brackets to keep it in place. The problem is that they protrude either side of the surround and don't look very attractive. Is there a way of concealing them?

A You can, of course, paint over them with the same colour paint as that used on the chimney breast. For a more professional finish, put the surround in place and draw round the brackets with a pencil, then remove the surround. Chisel out the plaster slightly where the brackets will sit, then they'll be sunk into the wall when back in place. Fill over the top with a suitable filler, sand, wipe clean and paint - and you'll never know they were there.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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