drywall against brick fireplace

Old 07-24-02, 06:49 PM
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drywall against brick fireplace

The house I just bought has a fieplace that "goes through" the wall to the other room. So both rooms have drywall walls that butt up against the irregular brick surface on the sides of the fireplace.

It looks kind of crappy, because the irregularities of the brick produce gaps between fireplace and wall edge. The previous owner had essentially custom carved the edge of the drywall to follow the contour of the bricks, but I had to tear out his walls, and I don't want to do another custom carving.

Is there some sort of molding that I could put there to make the gaps less noticable? It seems to me that any straight molding material will not match the irregular brick surface, unless its flexible or something.

I'd appreciate any help!
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Drywall next to brick fireplace

You will get a more professional looking job if the drywall is cut (carved) to fit up against the brick.
Old 08-13-02, 12:31 PM
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Most of the masons I know tack a piece of plywood up before laying the brick veneer,then pull it out after it sets up,giving you an open slot to tuck the drywall right behind the brick ends.I've seen the carved method many times but agree that it looks horrible most of the time.You can also pick out a piece of molding to tack up
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I have the same thing when I moved into the house we bought. A 4-season porch was added and we turned it into a family room. I then sheetrocked the porch side where the brick chimney is. What I did is kinda novel. To make the sheetrock look nice along the irregular brick edge was use "tear away beads" stapled to the sheetrock and then mudded smoothly to the edge of the bead. Now, normally the bead is then torn away to leave a smooth sheetrock edge, BUT I found the tear away bead looks REAL nice along the brick. So I left it along the sheetrock, smoothed the mud (sanding) to the bead. Then painted it. It looks awesome. It is not much work at all. Actually its easier then tearing it away and hoping the sheetrock is kept solid. If you want me to take a pic and e-mail it to you, let me know. Peace: e3 - spamman

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