Fireplaces have been around for centuries and are an ideal spot for spending time with friends and family. The old brick fireplaces have been replaced with newer sleek designs. One of the more modern looks for fireplaces is stone--either marble, granite, travertine or slate. You don't have to replace your fireplace to achieve the design. By adding stone over top of the brick, your fireplace will take on a whole new look without the cost of a new fireplace.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Degreaser soap
- Scrub brush
- Stone slabs
- Wet Saw
- Heat resistant tile adhesive
- Heat resistant caulk
Clean the fireplace with a degreaser soap and scrub brush, then rinse it several times with clean water. Dry the brick thoroughly with dry rags. The brick must be free of soot and other dirt so that the thin-set mortar will adhere properly.
Measure the front of the fireplace to determine the size of stone you will need. Purchase the type of stone that you desire in small slabs. Small stone slabs are inexpensive and easier to work with than larger slabs. Measure and cut the slabs with the wet saw to fit the header and sides of the fireplace. Measure and cut a piece for the hearth, if you are covering it as well.
Lay down the stone slab for the hearth first. Apply a layer of the heat resistant tile adhesive to the underside of the slab and place it on top of the existing hearth. Press it firmly so that the slab sets into the adhesive and any air bubbles are removed.
Apply adhesive to the side slabs. Put the slabs on either side of the fireplace, placing the ends right up against the hearth slab. Place the header slab on last using the same method. Press the all of the stone slabs firmly to set them into the adhesive. After the slabs have set, apply the heat resistant caulk to the seams.
Tips and warnings
- To prevent injury and to ensure proper placement of the stone slabs, use a helper to assist you.
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