How to cover a brick fireplace with drywall

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How to cover a brick fireplace with drywall
Drywall projects require patience and time. (drywall tools image by Sherri Camp from Fotolia.com)

In many older homes, fireplaces are made of brick. For one reason or another, a homeowner may decide that he no longer wants a brick fireplace. To solve this, the homeowner can cover that brick fireplace with drywall and make it blend with the rest of the walls in their home. With patience and determination anyone can undertake a drywall project. Covering a brick fireplace with drywall is no more difficult than any other drywall project.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Small notch trowel
  • Bucket of construction adhesive
  • Fire-rated drywall
  • Plastic corner bead
  • Staples
  • Staple gun
  • Sanding sponge
  • Drywall joint compound
  • Drywall topping compound
  • Drywall mud pan
  • 6-inch drywall taping knife
  • 8-inch drywall taping knife
  • 10-inch drywall taping knife
  • Measuring tape
  • Drywall saw
  • Pencil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use the measuring tape to determine the dimensions of the area on the fireplace which needs to be covered with drywall. Mark the measurements on the sheet of drywall. Cut the drywall to size using the drywall saw.

  2. 2

    Use the small notched trowel to spread the construction adhesive evenly ontof the bricks. Make sure that all notches are even and that all bricks are covered with a thin layer of adhesive. Place the corresponding pieces of drywall against the brick and press firmly to ensure that the back of the drywall bonds to the adhesive.

  3. 3

    Attach plastic drywall corner bead to any corners using the staple gun. Use the 6-inch drywall taping knife to apply joint compound over the corner bead. Allow the compound to dry and sand smooth using a sanding sponge.

  4. 4

    Use the 8-inch knife apply topping compound over the corner bead. Allow to dry and sand smooth with a sanding sponge.

  5. 5

    Reapply the topping compound with a 10-inch knife. Allow to dry and sand smooth. Repeat this as many times as necessary until you have achieved your desired smoothness and have blended the corner bead into the plane of the wall.

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