refacing fireplace


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Old 01-06-14, 02:03 PM
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refacing fireplace

Hi there, I am new to the forum and I am hoping that I can get some good advice on a project. I am pretty handy with a construction background but I have never worked with stucco, plaster, thin set etc.

We just bought a townhouse that has already been updated save for the fireplace. I would like to create a southwest style type face to the fireplace. Here is the DIY link to give an idea. Resurface a Fireplace With Stucco : How-To : DIY Network

The instructions are limited and I have several questions:

Can I apply the bonding agent to lava rock and just apply stucco over it?

Will the gaps in between the rocks pose a problem? (some gaps are rather large)

Should I attach wire over the rocks before stucco plaster or should I chisel them all off and start new?

whats the best material stucco, plaster etc. for this type of job?

thanks in advance for you help and input.
 
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Old 01-06-14, 04:52 PM
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I love stone fireplaces, so not a fan or what you intend to do, but that just is my opinion. I would remove the stone and start from scratch. You may be able to save the hearth and skim that with the stucco. However, there stone has too many different planes to try to skim with some material to smooth to begin the project. I would take it down to the studs, add cement backer or ply with wire lath and build your project from there.
 
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Old 01-11-14, 10:35 AM
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Okay. Thanks for the input I appreciate. I also sent pictures to a friend who does this type of work and he pretty much told me the same thing.
 
 

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