refacing a brick fireplace

molsonOctober 4, 2002

Hello,

I'm purchasing a home with an old mid 60's brick fireplace. It's in great shape and looks ok, but we want to have a more contemporary decor. Is it possible to simply cover the brick surround with some sort of cement and reface it with tiles and a new mantle?

Thanks!

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DanielaC

Well, Molson, we were in a similar situation. We had three firplaces in this house, one of which was a brick face painted white. We didn't care for that look, so we decided to change it. Our carpenter put up wonderboard over the brick, then the mason came by and put up slate tile, 12x12, with a dry stacked appearance (we didn't want thick grout lines). End result....looks fabulous. We also purchased a mantle that we saw featured in the Better Homes and Gardens magazine in their home of the year. A craftsman in Ohio made it to the specifications of our fireplace, and it's absolutely beautiful.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2002 at 12:10PM
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tesla29

(realize this is an older thread) - I'd love to see a photo of your fireplace, DanielaC - it sounds just like what SO and I are trying to do to our 60's wall 'o brick....can ya post one somewhere and email me??

thanks!

tess b.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2003 at 10:03AM
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KTKelly

If the brick isn't painted (smooth to touch), then you could resurface without adding the wonderboard.

Thinset mortar or masonry cement will do the job, depending on what you're going to resurface with.

Want to tile? Use thinset, and tile away.

Resurface with stone? Could use thinset or masonry cement.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2003 at 11:38PM
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msrmunch

I have a brick fireplace, but want a more contemporary look with almost no cost. I thought of painting the brick, but I don't like that look. I thought of covering it with mortar or a cement type material to smooth it out some (kind of like stucco) and then painting it. Any idea if this will work and what material should be used?

    Bookmark   February 1, 2003 at 8:32AM
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cardamom

DanielaC, I also would love to see a picture of your firepace.

Karen

    Bookmark   February 9, 2003 at 1:06PM
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daisydog

I have a floor to ceiling brick (blah-brown) fireplace...I am thinking of venetian plaster...am going to a class to check it out. Is it fire-proof?

    Bookmark   February 23, 2003 at 10:03PM
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rebelsquirel

Hi, I'm new here and realize that this is an older thread.
But I am buying a home with a floor to ceiling brick fireplace. I would like to cover it myself with something like thinset and then paint it. Does anyone know if this will work? Does anyone know of anything else that might adhere to the brick and give me a smooth, fire-safe painting surface?
Thanks in advance.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2003 at 4:24PM
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tesla29

DH and I just plastered over our 60's wall of brick, but didn't end up with a smooth surface (we wanted rough "loft look " brick - don't ask ; ). It's thick enough to hide brick color but you can still see the outline of the wall under. I've since painted it same color as the other walls in the room and finished with water/glaze mix that gave it a sort of "waxed" finish (not flat finish like the other walls). We're planning on a salvaged wood fireplace mantel/shelf (no sides) or a piece of limestone. We've received many compliments on it and I doubt it was as much trouble as creating a smooth new wall surface over the brick - frankly, I'd drywall over it if that's what I wanted! The plaster was a pain to mix and clean up, but gives a nice effect.

Went to masonry supplies dealer and bought 2 large bags of plaster (just checked in the garage and can't find it so I can't give you the name), dh mixed it up with hands in a huge plastic tub and troweled it on with a large flat bricklaying trowel - intentionally un-smooth with some places showing through.

I'm having trouble with my server space but can send you photos if you email me.

good luck!

    Bookmark   July 1, 2003 at 10:14AM
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wooistme

Can you take the brick off and start over? Mine is painted brick as well. Who started that horrible idea? It's in a corner and forms two "points" in each corner that just collect dirt and can't be cleaned easily. It's also raised above the floor making it a nuisance to clean.

I want to take the brick off and replace it with ceramic tile on the floor and wall and make it more flush with the wall and floor, therefore easier to clean. Can I do it? The foundation is slab if it matters.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2003 at 11:14AM
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gregd

My wife and I bought a house with a very "70's" looking fireplace--It was a southwestern style, just a border of brick over a domed fireplace, surrounded by a stucco wall. YUCK!

I had a mason square the opening of the fireplace and had him apply cultured stone over the entire wall. It is gorgeous! It really updated the house alot. You are not stuck with your "trendy" 60's or 70's fireplace!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2003 at 3:50PM
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Padme

I was wondering how difficult it would be to remove the bricks too. We bought a 100 year old house and there is this big, Brady Bunch-looking brick fireplace in the dining room. All of the other fireplaces in the house are carved wood.
The hearth is this 2 foot high brick hearth, but I'd like to take it out and replace it with mosaic tile to match the wall frieze if I can. If I just took out the brick hearth, would the brick surround fall down?

    Bookmark   August 2, 2003 at 9:01AM
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qbert_game

I just bought a house that has a full-length red brick fireplace in the den. I hate it already and want to change it. I would like to disguise it instead of resurfacing it in stone because we took down a wall to combine the formal living and den space and now the fireplace is not in the middle of the new room. If anyone has pictures of painted or other surface changes to their fireplace I'd love to see them.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2003 at 2:35PM
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fauxme

I have a prefab fireplace that was faced with brick. Hated it.

I just finished refacing it with stucco. I applied a scratch coat right over the brick and then used smooth finish stucco over that. It's beautiful! I'm about to faux finish my new "stone" fireplace.

BTW, Home Depot people kept telling me that they didn't make a smooth finish stucco. They said it was all in the way you finish it. May I just say . . . boloney. Yes it does exist and it gives a finish that's very stone-like. I researched the product and then special ordered it at, where else, Home Depot. Hehe. Saved $8 a bag over the building supply store(stuccoed an outdoor block wall).

    Bookmark   November 6, 2003 at 9:17PM
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Susie0128

we recently refaced both of our red-brick fireplaces with ceramic tile. we love the look. if someone can tell me where to upload pics of them, i will!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2003 at 3:31PM
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kokomo61

We didn't reface our fireplace, but we did do a few things to break up the floor-to-ceiling look...

1) Added a carved mantel roughly halfway up the wall (found it on eBay for $109!)

2) Put a nice framed picture above the mantel

Since it's an unvented gas fireplace, we had to put a metal hood on the opening, which helps even more. We had considered taking the brick off, refacing with a dry stone link, etc. but rejected them initially because of cost. (We have too many other projects going on right now).

It really made a difference, and didn't cost a lot.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2003 at 9:20AM
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that_other_guy

I'm in the same boat as many of you - I have a red brick floor to ceiling I want to remodel. Thinking along the lines of sheetrocking the top half, texturing and painting to match the wall - slapping some crown molding on the edges and tiling the lower half. If you did the tile - did you use hardyboard (cement/masonry board) or slap the mortar on the bricks and go from there?

many thanks!
Robert

    Bookmark   November 18, 2003 at 5:03PM
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vanj1

fauxme, I would love to see photos of your fireplace and any info on how to do would be great also if you could email to me. Thanks

    Bookmark   November 18, 2003 at 11:29PM
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pamkcs

Has anyone had marble or granite tiles put over brick? My fireplace is also floor to ceiling, and we really want to change its look!

    Bookmark   November 19, 2003 at 9:00AM
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fauxme

Vanj1, I don't have any photos of my fireplace right now. Maybe I can get my hubby to take some and I'll send them to you.

What I did to my fireplace was to clean the brick. Then I applied a scratch coat mortar directly over the brick with a trowel. (I masked off all around the brick first.) I let that dry for several days before applying the smooth stucco. That was applied with a finish trowel. I kept a spray bottle of water handy to help smooth out my work.

After that was completely dry, I applied a wash of color (very diluted latex paint). I used 2 different colors. The stucco takes the color unevenly, giving it an old European wall look. You could color the final coat of stucco with the powdered pigment made for stucco as you mix it. That will give you a uniform color.

My fireplace is prefab, so it has metal vents in front, glass doors with a cheap discolored brass metal border, and wood handles on the glass doors. I painted everything but the glass with high temp. black paint. Looks MUCH better!

I also painted color directly over my oak mantle allowing the grain to show through. Then I antiqued it with a burnt umber. After that, I waxed it with paste wax for a great patina.

Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2003 at 4:11PM
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krecchia

fauxme: I too would really love to see some photos of your fireplace when you get some taken. We have a brick fireplace that we just picked out (not yet purchased) some slate tiles for, but I saw a picture in a Crate and Barrel catalog of a fireplace that looked like it was either cement or stucco, and now I'm thinking I'd rather try doing something like that. In fact, you can see part of it in the online catalog photo...it's an ad for a fireplace screen, here's the link :

http://www.crateandbarrel.com/itemgroups/2055_0.asp?query=fireplace%20screen&DIMID=&Page=1&fromLocation=Search

Click on "view in a room"
Do you think it looks like cement or stucco??

    Bookmark   November 25, 2003 at 5:33AM
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Tree622

If anyone has photos or " how to"s please send to me. We have an old red brick fireplace to the ceiling that we are trying to change inexpensivley.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2004 at 6:27PM
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bstnhokie

We are in a similar situation. We have two floor to ceiling brick walls that include a brick fireplace. We want to lighten it up somehow. We could either:
1) Paint it.
2) Cover it with stucco or cement or something.
3) Try and put up wood paneling of some kind.

Trouble is...we don't know how to do this! HELP! If anyone has any ideas, has done, this or has any How-to's...PLEASE email me and let me know what you did!
Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 17, 2004 at 9:06PM
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ophiemom

Has anyone covered a fireplace with drywall? I'm wondering if we can attach the drywall with construction adhesive or if I should fur it out with furring strips and then attach the drywall to the strips.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2004 at 4:24PM
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lindyk

Did anyone see Divine Design last night? They remodeled a brick fireplace by removing the wood mantle, breaking off the brick that was protruding to support the mantle, and then replacing the mantle with a wood surround that covered most of the brick. It looked like exactly what I want to do with my fireplace. Does anyone have any idea of what this project might cost?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2004 at 12:39PM
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rrichards334

Are we making a big mistake? We are having a new house built and decided on a brick surround/hearth. The builder said it was the only brick surround in the development but he liked it. The house is a cape with a Shaker style cabinets. It will be the exact fireplace as pictured in the link below. Our current house has a brick fireplace and it is a look and feel we are comfortable with.

Bob

Here is a link that might be useful: fireplace picture

    Bookmark   March 8, 2004 at 9:11PM
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lindyk

Bob: I think that fireplace looks great! That's pretty much what Divine Design did in the fireplace remodel, and I'd be happy to get mine to look like that. It's a classic look and it's perfect for your style of home.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2004 at 12:28PM
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Susie0128

Bob: That's the exact fireplace we refaced with tile! LOL I say, if you like the look, go for it. Everyone's tastes are different; why not have what you like?

    Bookmark   March 9, 2004 at 2:59PM
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idahocuckoo

I saw a DIY show that used stones to cover the brick. They put a layer of mastic over the brick and then randomly set in small, smooth river rocks along with a few glass beads/marbles. I assume you have to use small stones because of the weight factor, but it looked SO much better than the old brick. Just an idea.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2004 at 3:29PM
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kalypso

To fauxme:
I am wanting to stucco my brick fireplace. Can you please give me the name of the products that you used?
Thanks!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2004 at 12:09AM
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vlys

Can someone post before & after pics of
their fireplace refacing job?
Thanx!!

    Bookmark   August 6, 2004 at 7:01PM
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gailgardens

Two years ago we had our 13'x 8' fireplace wall drywalled over..The drywallers attached metal to the brick and the drywall was screwed onto the metal. We then added a huge metal fire place surround that we had a metal worker create. But we still have the ugly raised brick hearth. I am getting ready to call one of those companies that advertises overlayments to uneven concrete and acid etching...to see if this job is within their scope.. I will also research masons to see if they can trowel concrete over the brick.... We want the hearth to appear as a smooth slab of concrete....I will let you all know what I learn.....I wish I trusted myself to do this job with quikrete...any thoughts
Gail

    Bookmark   August 8, 2004 at 3:09PM
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LindainBath

Last night on Debbie Travis' Facelift show on HGTV they resurfaced a fireplace that seemed so easy to do. Her carpenters put 1/4 inch plywood over the brick fireplace and they then used spackle over that wood to make it look like limestone. Her wonderful painter, Jim, then used umber and a gold to make the spackle look like limestone. It was beautiful. She has a book out called "Debbie Travis Decorating Solutions" that has fireplace remodeling in it. Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2004 at 5:02PM
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fmarshal

I read all of the postings and would like to see pictures and/or detailed info on how to reface this wall of bricks.
Would like to use ceramic tiles.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2004 at 9:49PM
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pamkcs

Yes, pictures please!

    Bookmark   October 30, 2004 at 6:51AM
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gkk2001

I am going to use stucco. Found a local stucco plant and bought enough to do the fireplace and an ajoining wall. Will have to install metal lath for this one do to an older coating placed on the brick.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2004 at 11:10PM
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dgo1223

I just now saw this thread.

I had a ugly 70's floor to ceiling red brick one that I cleaned, primed, and painted. I then took tile and tlled the hearth, and all around the opening in a complementary color to the painted brick. I love it, and wished I had done it sooner. Counting the paint, primer, tile and thinset, I only spent about $50 and some elbow grease in it.

If anyone wants to see a pic, I will post one.

Donna

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Sivs2

DGO1223--Yes, I would appreciate if you would post pics.

I also have an ugly 60s/70s floor-to-ceiling brick monstrosity, so this forum has been very helpful.

One thing I haven't seen addressed, though, is a raised brick hearth. I don't suppose I can remove it--does it structurally anchor the fireplace and chimney?

If it's not structurally significant, then maybe removing it is an option.

Any thoughts?

Other than removal of the raised hearth, any suggestions for how to beautify it (assuming we are going to cover/disguise the brick in some way?

Thanks!

    Bookmark   December 11, 2004 at 1:08PM
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reno_fan

We had a horrid 70's floor to ceiling brick fireplace. Previous owners had a thin, small mantel built. It was out of scale with the rest of the room.

We had a new mantel built, and painted the brick. (We want to dry stack stone, but that'll have to wait....)

Here's a before and after.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2004 at 7:06PM
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bziemba01880

renofan, that is really lovely.You've done a nice job of warming up your space. Where did you get your mantel?

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reno_fan

bziemba, We had our carpenter make the mantel when he was building our kitchen cabinets. Actually, he asked if he could do it. He hated our old one so much! LOL!! I guess those "craftsmen" just can't stand seeing subpar construction....

    Bookmark   December 13, 2004 at 10:31PM
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tracyswerdfeger

I think we have twin's - twin houses that is. Question for you about the refacing the brick:

Would you recommend having the refacing done first or the tile work (which in our case we are going to use slate)?

I am thinking that if we get the entire brick resurfaced and then put the slate over it as a hearth (I guess that is what it is called ie, novice that I am) it will be too bulky.

I am imagining that we get the slate done first and then the mason sufaces around it, but I just don't know!

t.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2004 at 11:51AM
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mkirkwag

I haven't seen my problem here - maybe it's something only a local builder did.
First of all, it's that extra-long flat brick (as opposed to "real" bumpy brick); second, it's a very ugly dark red (no differing tones like clay brick); third, it's longer than it is tall, which makes it imposing and does nothing for the wall; and finally - and this is the odd thing - they installed a cantalevered concrete slab about 12" off the floor for a hearth. The edge is rough to imitate a broken stone slab. It's painted black. I could probably live with that if the brick wasn't, well, brick, but underneath it's supported with three metal supports that run from the wall to near the edge, so matching whatever we put on top of the brick has to be cut around these stupid supports. We looked at examples of boxed in versions, but given that we want to diminish the sense of size of the fireplace in this rather small room, it didn't seem like a good option. Besides, they were ugly. We had thought we might just make a really wide mantel, but then it would have to end at that slab and start up again underneath. I think that would look silly.

If anyone else has redone this type of fireplace, I'd love to see before and after shots. Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 6, 2005 at 8:14PM
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just_wondering

Another plea for pictures ... please, please, please let us see pictures!!! I'm considering a fireplace makeover and need ideas, but I have a very hard time visualizing what you all are describing. You can post your photos on webshots, or yahoo or something like that, and then just add a link at the end of your message. Thanks.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2005 at 10:30AM
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skivino

While researching info on how to reface our ugly floor to ceiling 60's brick fireplace I came across this website. I thought any still in the refacing dilemma would like to see.

Here is a link that might be useful: Before/After pics of brick fireplaces refaced

    Bookmark   May 16, 2005 at 11:49PM
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atmiller398

I don't know if this helps but my Wife is a faux painter and they paint the brick on fireplaces to look like stone.
Here is ours before.

And ours after

Our neighbor's before.

And after.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2005 at 1:16AM
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nancysuz

I have a mid-50's home with a cement brick fireplace and wall I want to smooth out. Which is better - drywalling over the brick or plastering over it.
Would chipping the bricks away be an option??

    Bookmark   June 4, 2005 at 12:21PM
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ctlady_gw

We have just "unwrapped" our fireplace, which turns out to be red brick which had been encased in floor to ceiling paneling that was 8 feet wide. The chimney itself actually shoulders in partway up, and is in surprisingly good shape considering that it was clearly never intended to "show" -- a little rustic (rough mortar, etc.), but not unacceptable. We don't want the red color and want to downplay the "rustic" nature of the finishing work. We're considering whitewash, paint, or stucco. We plan to cover the surround, which has just been rebuilt with cinderblocks to allow for tiling, with multi-colored slate tiles. Does anyone have pictures of a stucco finish (either diy or professional job) on a chimney?

Also, are there any good sources for oversized screens (this fireplace opening is 48" wide by 33 inches high)? We're going for a fairly contemporary look, and love the bow-front stainless steel screens but can't find one large enough. Thanks for any suggestions!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2005 at 10:03PM
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Tacjam

Here is how I handled my floor to ceiling brick fireplace.

Here is a link that might be useful: My Photo's

    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 2:13AM
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dgmarie

I know this post is orginially pretty old, but I'm wondering about the cost of cultured stone over an existing brick fireplace. We have a two story brick fireplace in our great room that someone decided to use beige brown brick on. Yawn. I'd rather not rip it out if I can cover it up. Any idea how many $$$$ this will cost to cover it with cultured stone? It looks great from what I've seen.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2005 at 1:22PM
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angelsmom43

To anyone out there that wants to reface a brick fireplace....Try centurionstone.com. There are some really beautiful cultured stones out there to drastically change the appearance of a boring, outdated brick fireplace. You can also go to homeclick.com to find some gorgeous and affordable new mantels or fireplace surrounds. Good luck!

    Bookmark   October 7, 2005 at 4:18PM
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angelsmom43

To anyone out there that wants to reface a brick fireplace....Try centurionstone.com. There are some really beautiful cultured stones out there to drastically change the appearance of a boring, outdated brick fireplace. You can also go to homeclick.com to find some gorgeous and affordable new mantels or fireplace surrounds. Good luck!

    Bookmark   October 7, 2005 at 5:05PM
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secondchance023

I have this aweful fireplace. It is brick from ceiling to floor and in a corner also. My house is tuscan style. Any ideas?

    Bookmark   October 29, 2005 at 10:28AM
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JirehSH

Seems we are faced with a pretty common problem...that ugly 70's red brick fireplace. We want to reface with river rock to match our "cottage" look. Anyone ever tried this?

    Bookmark   November 16, 2005 at 12:24PM
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dianeconley

atmiller398,

I too love your wife's fireplace faux painting. You metion she is a faux painter - do you happen to live in the sacramento area? I'd like to see about hiring her for mine.
Thanks

    Bookmark   November 17, 2005 at 1:52PM
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patrushka_ma

I want to face my old brick (traditional) fireplace with granite, but the brick face already sticks out beyond the wall by at least an inch and then the big old wooden surround on top if that. If I put a 3/4" slab of granite all around and then try to put my wooden surround and mantle back on, will it look too boxy and stick out too far? Can the fireplace face bricks be cut back or is there a fire risk involved with reducing their width? Can you recommend anyone in Massachusetts who does this type of work? Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2005 at 10:03AM
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mayheneghan

Misery loves company. Thank you all for the great ideas. I too have floor to ceiling painted brick wall around my fireplace and the painted brick raised hearth that runs the length of the wall. I would love to remodel/reface it and have been searching for ideas for years. I have additional problems to consider: removal of the three sets of protruding bricks that support the plank of wood which serves as a pathetic excuse for a mantel and do I cover or leave exposed the four vents near each corner of the fireplace opening which (I have been told) is supposed to vent hot air from fires back into my house. I would love any suggestions.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2005 at 10:50AM
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linda_mom

Here's what we did, all slate, covering an old sagging brick fireplace... (the couch is next in line for an upgrade!)

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   April 1, 2006 at 6:58PM
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missy1313

I just finished covering our brick fireplace and it came out beautiful and the brick was that old Mexican brick so it was rough and alot of jagged edges.
First we bullnozed the edges (made them round) then went over it with drywall mud about 3 times then I used the venetian plaster. I love my fire place now.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2006 at 7:54AM
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blueiris24

Linda, I love your fireplace -- there are so many different ideas that I like -- Missy, any chance of getting you to post a picture of yours? I think we're going to redo the kitchen and family room in a Santa-Fe type theme, would love to see what you did. Thanks.

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missy1313

blueiris as soon as I figure out how to use my digital camera I will post pictures before and after.

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blueiris24

Missy, have you mastered that camera yet?! LOL I just came back here for more ideas and found my post from the spring -- still trying to decide which way to go.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2006 at 12:36PM
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cordovamom

We covered the top of our brick fireplace with sheetrock, the bottom with 12 x 12 marble tiles and built a new mantle, we love the look. You can check out my pictures to see the results.

Here is a link that might be useful: fireplace remodel

    Bookmark   October 17, 2006 at 9:10AM
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boxerkisses4me

heres mine !! I love how it turned out good luck

Here is a link that might be useful: brick fireplace redo

    Bookmark   October 18, 2006 at 10:42PM
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dragonlady_2007

Some very good information and tips here. Does anyone have any advice on the following: I have a pot bellied stove as a fireplace. It sits on a hearth in the corner of the room and is made of old crumbly brick which has seen its day. The two conjoining walls are also bricked up about half-way. I plan on re-facing the bottom brick and the back but can I marble all the way up and if so, what keeps the marble from falling?

    Bookmark   January 10, 2007 at 7:04PM
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bkubesh_kubesh_org

I refaced my brick fireplace with black galaxy marble, and built a cherry mantle surround. I had trouble deciding whether to put the marble all the way to the floor, or use the cherry. Ended up with Cherry wood on bottom of hearth to floor. I really like it.

Here is a link that might be useful: My Fireplace Remodel Pictures

    Bookmark   January 13, 2007 at 2:49AM
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dgmarie

Any suggestions for this puppy appreciated. In good shape but not my color. Built in the late 1990's. Contractor told me it would cost $5000 to reface with corningstone!

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cordovamom

The scale of that room from what I can tell in the pictures demands something grand. Right idea with the builder putting floor to ceiling fireplace, wrong materials used and boring design. I think it would look very odd to sheetrock over the top and tile the bottom just because of the scale of the fireplace between those windows. Refacing floor to ceiling in a stone product seems like the way to go. Also put in a grander mantle , something with some substance and not just a mantle shelf.

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dgmarie

oh yes, the mantle will be going. It's a ridiculous, useless thing that is 4 inches wide!

But corningstone--don't want a lodge look or southwestern. I haven't seen a product application that isn't one or the other.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 5:43PM
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cordovamom

What about building out the top part into a raised panel wood look (you'd have to make sure you follow fire codes for combustible materials). Use mouldings to give the top part of the fireplace some depth and stature. Paint the raised panels white, possibly mimic the arch of the windows. This would allow you to hang a nice piece of art up there but would still pull the eye up to the high ceilings. You still want the grandeur of a large fireplace in that room, but you want it to make a statement. Build a substantial mantle and surround, maybe use marble or granite or slate tiles as your surround tiles.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2007 at 7:42PM
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malhgold

anyone either put mortar on top of their existing brick fireplace or use whitewash/limewash to cover up? I am trying to go for a NY Loft look...somewhat chalky looking, not finished perfectly look. Found something in a magazine that looks like it has mortar applied unevenly that looked pretty cool. Problem with all this is, once you start, there's no turning back. Not like painting a wall that you can change the color if you don't like it. Thanks

    Bookmark   February 17, 2007 at 2:51PM
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laurad169

I just bought a home but it is only 4 years old and it has a floor to ceiling fireplace. It a gas fireplace - but the brick is not traditional rectangular bricks. It is like river stones, stacked and pieced together with mortar. The hearth is about 1 foot off the ground, so it already starts off bad. The mantle is 3 feet off the top of the fireplace. Do I drywall over it and box it in? Oh and the mantle has like concrete blocks ???? What were they thinking? I have looked at the pics here and they are beautiful, but all I have seen are TRUE brick fireplaces, whereas mine is stone. Thanks

    Bookmark   February 23, 2007 at 9:30PM
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koko2007

I know this is an older thread, but I'm hoping someone can help. We have the floor-to-ceiling dark brick (not smooth), and are remodeling. All those I've spoken to around here are telling me we need to rip out the brick so as not to create a shadow box for the fire place. Also, my husband would like to hang an LCD tv (not plasma) over the mantel. Has anyone done such a project?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2007 at 1:11PM
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bkcwzy

I have a floor to ceiling brick fireplace that is painted white. The hearth is 9" high. I need to tear down the hearth. It doesn't work with a toddler trying to "help" a crawling 8 month old. Tried babyproofing it, but no adhesive lasts that is eventually removable. Any suggestions what to do with this thing. I don't want to rip out the hearth and end up just put tile on the floor and it looking like crap, but I've got to do something soon. Thanks for any tips and suggestions.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2007 at 5:37PM
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fern4

bump

    Bookmark   January 23, 2008 at 2:05PM
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gailgardens

Anyone catch the Divine Design(Luxurious Family Room) episode where Candace refaced the fireplace with a product that looks fabulous and is described as looking like marble, heat proof and less expensive? It might be a good product but I have been unable to find the product name anywhere! Any thoughts...thanks
Gail

    Bookmark   January 26, 2008 at 1:42PM
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mp_wheeler

drystonemason - thanks for the offer! I wish you lived in Colorado.

My husband and I have a 70's wall o' brick. Really, the entire back wall of our den is covered in blond brick and the sides have custom built (70's style) cabinetry over the brick. We are planning to rip the cabinets out but our question is, what is the best way to reface this much brick? We plan to put travertine tile below the mantel to break up the look but on the rest of the wall, from what we have read, we have a few options.
1) Use a lime based plaster (not drywall compound) to fill in grout lines and eventually build up and smooth out to a rough, toweled on surface
2) Use mortar and stucco to achieve the same look.
3) Using drywall we can either frame out the whole wall and start over or use liquid nails (a lot of it) to put sheetrock on the areas that are not tiled.

Hoping you might have some suggestions on what the easiest route would be considering it IS a whole wall. I will see if I can get a picture to insert which might be helpful.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2008 at 12:02PM
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jonathanoneilburnett_mac_com

If the brick is not sealed or painted, you could use mortar to create a scratch coat and apply stone. You could do the same with thin-set to apply tile. Add an acrylic additive to the mortar or latex to the thin set. You can also do any of your suggestions. They are all good.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 1:08PM
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jimfreeman4job_yahoo_com

How can I find a contractor who can help me reface my brick fireplace. Is there a directory of these people some where? My goal is to cover the exsisting red brick with something else if possible.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2008 at 11:20AM
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raisinfarmer

We have a 20 year old fireplace done with new used brick. The color is mostly pink. Not pretty.

We are adding a mantle with legs and refacing the lower portion and hearth with tumbled stone tile.

We want to cover the upper portion with sheetrock.

Is it best to used liquid nails to adhere the sheetrock?

Should we put a layer of OSB behind the sheetrock?

Should the upper portion be sheetrocked before the mantle is installed?

PLEASE HELP!!!

THANK YOU!

    Bookmark   October 27, 2008 at 10:23PM
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erin_n_hunter_gov_bc_ca

Hi all,
We have a 1980's house with 2 brick fireplaces. The downstairs one we knocked out the brick and drywalled it in and it looks fabulous and modern - but it was a lot of work! Upstairs we don't plan on doing a major reno so don't want to go to that extent of work. Now that we have painted the walls, the reddish colour of the brick doesn't look so bad. But now we need a new mantle. We want something contemporary and will likely paint or stain it black to match the black hearth. Anyone have any brick fireplace reno photos where they didn't cover up or paint the brick?

Thanks!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2009 at 12:38PM
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mmilewits_yahoo_ie

I have a 60's house with a prominent reddish brick fireplace to the ceiling and matching brick arches on either side of the fireplace--
would love some suggestions on modernizing the dated look and contractors that do that kind of work in Houston.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2011 at 5:49PM
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