There are two original fireplaces in this house.
The fireplace in the top room has not been overpainted, it came away from the wall very easily. The fire effect is actually fixed onto the wall with very gunky thick glue.
The fireplace in the ground floor room has been overpainted, there is also paint on the fire printed paper.
These fireplaces are very roughly made, no neat sanding or finish.
Back view. The side pieces were cut out of a single block with the steps up to the top, and recesses cut out at the front.
So why if you are going to cut a piece of wood so acurately, would you not sand and paint it neatly.