I just moved into my first home. 103 years young! The fireplace was not functional and was this weird shape so with the help of some friends I tore out some of the old brick and shortened/widened it. I had to cut out a groove in some brick and slide a square tube from end to end to support it while the mortar set. I got some cool slate looking tile from Home Depot and created a new surround. I really love wood so after I made some cabinet carcasses I made some countertops and floating shelves to line the wall. My first time making a bowtie and a cool little passthrough for cables that I could plug the cable box into. I forgot to photograph it but I had my dad come and cut a line in the brick above to run wires to the tv as well. I think it looks amazing for the space even if the room is a little small.
I thought I liked the rustic beam look until we put it up. It was actually one of the hardest things to try. It was a 6x6 used railroad tie from a a big box store that we had to cut down to proper size... and didn't even use it lol.