Applying veneer stone to fireplace surround

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Applying veneer stone to fireplace surround

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I am in the process of adding some built-ins around my gas fireplace and refacing it with stacking stone veneer. The current fireplace has a white wooden mantle with what looks like a slate surround which is about 5 inches wide (could be wider if it runs behind the mantle). I am trying to apply stone veneer to the fireplace surround to go with the look I am trying to pull off, but I would like to do it without causing any more damage than I have to. Can someone please advise if it is possible to apply the stone veneer driectly to the current stone/tile surround or if I am going to have to demo that surround and start from scratch?

Thanks for any insight you can provide.
 
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I assume that the mantle has "legs" going down each side and the slate is inset relative to the legs and the fireplace. I think you would want to remove both the slate and the legs, add backer board and attach the stone to the backerboard. The stone will most likely stand proud to the legs and make the legs look inset relative to the stone. It will also make the stone look like an after thought. I would remove the legs and have a floating mantle with stone all around.

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It will also depend somewhat on what "stacking stone veneer" actually is. With lighter weight synthetic material you might get away with sticking on top of what you already have but real stone would probably require some demo work. I think a picture of what you've got would help alot since you mention sticking on top of both stone and tile.
 
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Picture of the current fireplace

This photo is from the listing when we bought the house so please don't judge the poor quality of the photo it is all that I have.

As you can see the surround is the dark stone tile which feels like slate. The mantle does have the white "legs" I think you were mentioning. Hope this helps.
 
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This was the thought about where I would like to end up. Obviously this is a much more grand fireplace then I have, but I hope it gives the right impression.
 
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I think the existing slate surround will need to come off. You may need to remove the wood mantle first if it overlaps the slate. Exploring the seam between the two with a box cutter or putty knife should help you tell. If you work carefully you probably can get the slate pieces off without breaking them so you can use them elsewhere or sell them.

Style wise though I'm not sure the slate area is big enough to look right with a stacked style stone. The area is so narrow that it's probably one stone wide so you would not get that random, stacked stone look. You could do some kind of stone but it may look a bit more formal since it's hard to get a random look unless you go to small stones.
 
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You can also see how thick the legs are in the picture you provided. The stone is recessed and inset relative to it. The legs are also pushed to the extreme edges of the hearth which probably differs from your existing set up.

A project as big as this and with the visibility of being the main focal point in a room needs to be done correctly. I would plan on removing the mantel, removing the slate, removing the sheetrock, installing cement backer board (stone is heavy) and rebuild based on the specs of what you have in relation to the stone you plan on using.

Do you have a picture of your fireplace? We can provide additional guidance if we can see exactly what you are working with to start. Also provide a link to the stone veneer you are planning on using.
 
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