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Refacing ugly stone fireplace

Posted by bncandy01 (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 7, 11 at 20:46

Hi all,
Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for how to reface a stone fireplace where the rocks are very uneven and stick out randomly. We really want to remodel our ugly anthropomorphic stone fireplace with small stacked stones.

See pictures here of current fireplace and desired stacked stone fireplace.

I have no idea if the current stone is just a facade or what is underneath it. I do not know the best way to smooth everything out so that I can tile the stacked stone on. Any suggestions for what I should do? Take a chisel and hammer and chip the rocks away? Fill in the gaps with mortar and smooth it out? Demolish everything and start over?

I also want to get rid of the vents because they make the fireplace looks like a man with 2 eyes, the hearth looks like a mouth, and the mantle looks like a uni-brow. LOL.

Thanks in advance!

Btw if you have any good recommendations for a contractor to help us, I would also appreciate it. We prefer to DIY but this may need professional help. We live in Phoenix, AZ.

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RE: Refacing ugly stone fireplace

After reading this I was intrigued; and basically people are saying to drywall over the existing stone.. just double check with safety codes for your area (making sure nothing combustible is within 9-12" of the fireplace, including furring strips and drywall). If you then plan on purchasing meshed stacked stone the installation should be considerably easy. Hope that helps some.

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