How to build a stone fireplace surround

Written by annie mueller
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Cold winter nights are made for a roaring fire with a great big hearth to sit on. Enjoying a fire framed in a stone surround that you designed and built yourself is even more rewarding. Choose stone that matches the interior of your home, and customise the size and shape of your surround to suit your needs.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Mortar
  • Trowel
  • Slate or cultured stone
  • Plywood or alternate wood for pattern
  • Tape or marker
  • Grout
  • Sealant

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  1. 1

    Prepare a pattern for your surround. Measure the space for the stone surround around your fireplace and mark the same shape on a large piece of board.

  2. 2

    Purchase the stone for your fireplace surround. There are many options as far as colour and size, and though you can shop for stone online, it's best to avoid the shipping cost by going local. Visit your local nursery, home and garden store, or speciality stone shop and choose a stone that suits your home's decor. Purchase mortar to apply the stone.

  3. 3

    Use your pattern to create a design with your stones. Place the stones as tightly together as possible on the wood pattern.

  4. 4

    Clean off the existing surround or wall that you will cover with your new stone surround. Mark the edges if applying to a wall so the stones do not extend beyond your desired space.

  5. 5

    Mix the mortar according to the package directions.

  6. 6

    Following your pattern, apply mortar to the back of each stone and press it firmly onto the wall or old surround. Repeat with each stone, mixing up more mortar if needed. Let the mortar dry thoroughly.

  7. 7

    Fill the space between the stones with grout. Wipe the excess off with a towel.

  8. 8

    Apply sealant to the entire surface and let it dry thoroughly.

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