Refacing fireplace


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Old 11-24-03, 07:26 PM
Milele
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Question Refacing fireplace

My 1939 basement fireplace was painted in white by previous owner and even though I tried to remove the paint and restore it to the original beauty (standard simple brick) I have not been successful. I would like to tile it or putting cultured stones (only externally) on it. What should I do? Please help. TX
 
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Old 11-25-03, 08:10 PM
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Milele,

You can apply a cement backer board directly on the fireplace brick by use of tap con screws or use thinset mortar as long as you have done a good job of cleaning the paint off the brick. This is as long a the brick is in good condition and flat. The key here is a Flat Surface.

The you can install tile with thin set mortar. There are a variety of trim pcs available to enhance your look and finish edges.

Try these,

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/know...0252-1,00.html

http://tlc.discovery.com/fansites/ho...roject_08.html

http://www.tilenut.com/Batchelder/Fi...tles/index.htm

http://www.tileandstonetips.com/

Hope these help!
 
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Old 11-28-03, 04:51 AM
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Doug,

I currently have a fireplace insert setup in my house and it is faced in black marble. I would like to remove the black marble and reface it in a stone up to the mantel. Is that black marble facing removable without destroying walls? It appears to be a dry wall but I would assume they had to re-enforce the wall where the marble was placed to be able to handle the weight. They are marble slabs about 1/2 thick and around 14" square. We have been remodeling the house and the facing in no way ever matched the decor in the house even with the furniture that was in prior to our purchase. If you prefer, I can post a digital photo for you to see what I am talking about. Thanks for any info you can give me.
 
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Old 11-28-03, 07:07 AM
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fastsk8r,

It's conceivable that the tiles are adhesively installed. This may destroy the substrate but this will be not known until you get at least one tile removed.

Doing stone looks great and reapplication of this can easily be done.

Do what you are wanting but remember that no guarantees can be made that the substrate will be salvageable. Replacement may be necessary and at that point you can either go with drywall or cement board. The weight is vertical not laterally so whatever is there is just a backer for the tile application.

If you'd like, send me pics to my e-mail. It always nice seeing what you have now and finished product later. If you'd like, you could provide a url to let everyone see what you have now. Sorry, we cannot post pictures here.

Hope this helps!
 
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Old 11-28-03, 12:53 PM
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Doug,

I hadn't thought about that but the vertical weight is possible. When the surround sound was installed, the center channel is sitting on the mantel and the wall board behind that was simply dry wall. I noticed the vertical marble was much smaller in width than the floor marble. The floor marble is about a 1/2", but the vertical appears to be about 1/4". I will shoot some photos before I begin. I am currently looking at what type of stone I want to put in. The mantel is pretty much basic, nothing fancy at all. It definitely doesn't fit together with the modernistic look of the marble. I would have expected a full wrap around mantel to trim the marble if aesthetics were the issue. Odds are it is all builder grade.
 
 

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