The best way to start is by making a cardboard template of your existing fireplace surround. But, for those of you that L..V.E. our DIY concrete fireplace as much as I do, please read on to learn about how we did it! You want to make sure you buy one that allows you to hide all fasteners so the finished product looks as if it was glued to the wall. Either gas, electric or wood-burning, the fireplace’s surround is really what stylizes the look. Step 1) We tied the legs of two pairs of tights together to make a simple, light ‘rope’.
As you see here the first Surround served as the base for the stone encasing – which will later demonstrate itself as very ingenious/fast/hassle free solution to getting a new fireplace design. I had to make sure I had vertical and horizontal boards in the right places so the cement board could be attached. Kathy K. had placed her fireplace burner too far back, and as a result got a lot of ugly sooting on her wall. It was the stye of this one with two pillars holding up a mantle and I’m making it stone with a hearth seat, lol. Please browse through and while you’re looking if you don’t see what you’re looking for, take heart; we worked closely with these customers to make their dreams a reality.
I did not do the final install on the fireplace surround and mantel as Jamin and Ashley had some local contractors that did the painting, shiplap and install. If you find your fireplace mantel offered for a lower price, let us know and we’ll beat it. In addition, if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may return it within 30 days for your money back. We painted two coats on all of the places on the fireplace with the Pure White that wouldn’t be covered with stone.
For years, we have successfully created many of these fireplace accents, and our past creations now adorn some of Connecticut’s most stunning homes and business establishments. We only used bay and ivy to make ours, but you could use any evergreen foliage such as fir, holly or yew. I painted the wood with two good coats of white paint, and the brick with Ebony Fields by Valspar.
Restoring an antique fireplace mantel may be worth it. My wife and I have a gorgeous solid-walnut antique fireplace mantel in our family room. Having the mantel already made helped a lot, and there are plenty out there if you take the time to look. Cut out a section of drywall and screw wood blocking between the studs if there are no studs to connect the new framing to (Photo 12). After some discussion though it was decided that it wasn’t the best direction to go. And the frame had to come off – especially if the custom surround was to be installed properly.
I called the handymen who did a ton of the work around here when we had the fridge/floor fiasco I explained what I wanted to do, showed them pics, then showed them our upstairs fireplace and THEY SAID EASY PEASY SQUEEZY!! This will also make sure the paint sticks and lasts on your fireplace surround without chipping and staining. The fireplace unit plus installation and gas hookup was around $3,400, which was the bulk of the expense (that didn’t include electrical, just the unit, gas and venting). Please view my designs, where you will note I keep everything visible and advertise costs of fireplace surrounds next to the designs.
You can browse through a gallery of fireplace mantels here to get some ideas on how you would like yours to look. But the safety of this solution depends very much on what kind of fireplace you have. When installing the surround you will drive 3″ screws through the back support into the wall. It was such an honor to help make a room more inviting and comfortable for families going through some very hard times.
I am just continuing to research if there is a way to grout textured tile or if we are OK leaving it as is. I know that grout is used to prevent the tile from moving or shifting after installation, and we definitely don’t want that to happen, so we just want to be sure prior to sealing things off. Surface molding creates a beveled face and gets rid of the flat look that your mantel once had. We do carry fireplace mantel shelves and surrounds that can be overlaid upon an existing brick facing, but they are only designed to be mounted to a flat surface. Once you’ve taken out the fireplace surround, you might find there’s a fireback.
Porcelanosa’s Par-ker , a porcelain tile with a natural wood look makes an excellent choice due to its easy installation and maintenance; not to mention its superior durability. Choosing your own special ornate touches is one of the nicest things about designing and building your own fireplace mantel. David and Mary had a typical brick fireplace that had a built in bookshelf added to it. The look was not only dated, but made the room feel small and crowded.
It is your responsibility to make sure our products do not violate your local building codes. First thing we did was find the center of the wall and decide on the measurements based on the existing mantel front. Of course it’s not a photo hanging on the wall, but this fireplace almost looks like one! I had before me a solid, secure and level (thank you carpentry gods!) fireplace frame just begging to become the surround of my dreams.
If you can ice a cupcake and cut a French baguette in half with a bread knife then you have all the skills you need to create a stone façade just about anywhere in your home. We measured the faux firebox door and left a little space at the bottom to create a threshold and prevent the surround from bowing. Before we get started, make sure to follow me on Instagram , Facebook , YouTube and Pinterest to keep up with all my latest builds and free projects!
It would look more than a little odd, in my opinion, to have a rough-timber beam as a fireplace mantel in a room that oozes French Provincial architecture. Our fireplace did not have a surround so we are going to adhere our new marble surround directly to the brick. You may want to paint the wood to match the pillars (which are usually white) or paint everything a different color. In rooms with very high ceilings you sometimes see a framed panel, the over-mantel, above the mantel.
With the proceeding picture showing the clients cardboard mock-up; the mock-up is a great way to gauge the size / shape of the surround before producing it. Remember custom work cannot be returned. A dated fireplace is given a British Colonial look with the addition of staircase posts, molding and a coat of fresh paint. Once merely a means of cooking up grub and keeping rooms warm, it’s now a ceremonial focal point that symbolizes the cozy comforts of winter—and a wood mantel gives the hearth even more warmth. Mix the grout according to manufacturer instructions, and apply it to the tile using a rubber float at a 45-degree angle.
Enhance your existing fireplace surround, removing flat trim and adding a three-dimensional wooden mantel and pilasters/columns to make it the centerpiece. Scout around for an antique fireplace mantel that speaks to you, get creative with photorealistic wallpaper to create a faux brick or stone background for the opening, and you and your room can be transported back in time – no magic required!
Finally, before I could consider the framing finished I needed to plan for the next step – attaching the cement board for the installation of the tile. This will give you time to accurately lay out the fireplace location on the floor, build the platform and run the vent. I went to the AirStone website and knew this would finally be my way to get a stone fireplace. All my custom made fireplaces are suitable for solid fuel, wood burners, gas and electric fires.