How to Install a Faux Stone Fireplace How to Install a Faux Stone Fireplace

What You'll Need
Screwdriver
Mortar and mixing tray
Masonry cement
Faux stone
Metal sheeting
Timber for frame
Screws
Drill
Small Brush

If you are looking for a great way to decorate your living room, then you may consider installing a faux stone fireplace. The stone used can be much cheaper than the expensive type, and cultured and man-made stone is a great choice for fireplace arrangements and designs. You can choose a range of stones, which will be different colors and shapes which can be carved to your own design. A faux stone fireplace does not need to be fitted by an expert, in fact you don't even need an assistant, and can manage this all by yourself in a few hours. Getting this job done doesn’t need the assistance of a professional if you have some basic home improvement skills. All you have to do is follow a few simple guidelines to get the job done quickly and easily.

Step 1 – Building the Frame

Ensure that you create a frame which is large enough to accommodate the stone's width. You should take the time to coat your frame with a waterproof varnish or glue, in order to prevent dirt and moisture from penetrating behind the stones. You should then fit some metal sheeting over the surface of the frame, using nails or screws.

Step 2 – Fitting the Stones

You should try and get as close a fit as possible, and also allow for some variation in shape and color in order to give the impression of a natural rock fireplace. Often you can find that some of the stones will not fit in with your design, and you may need to cut them down to fit. Leave enough space along the sides to fit in the mortar, but not too loosely fitted that the stones are not supported.

Step 3 – Apply the Mortar

Once that is completed, you will have to mix the mortar. Make it slightly runnier than a cake mix, but not so sloppy that it won't adhere properly to the stones. If it is so thick that it crumbles as it dries, it will also not suit your needs. You should then take a trowel, and start applying some mortar to the metal sheets. Work slowly, fitting each stone into place, and then applying mortar to the top so that you can place the next stone into position. Hold each stone in place for a few minutes, and then use your drill to make several holes in the stone, and screw it into place.

Step 4 – Finishing

Before you finish the project you will have to add some mortar to the edges of the stone, so that it looks as though it has been used to hold real stones in place. Leave to dry, and then brush off any excess stone.

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