Has anyone ever updated an old flat stone fireplace surround? I don't want to remove the rock (too messy and I don't want to wreck the wooden floor). I'm thinking of using concrete (?) to fill in the unevenness and cover the entire surface. Thought I'd tint the concrete (I don't want the usual gray color) and maybe put something in it to add some interest to the surface. My style is modern so I'd like something to reflect that, just not this rustic. Does anyone have comments or suggestions? I could use a little brainstorming. Thanks.
By Deb from Wichita, KS
It think it looks modern the way it is!! You could stucco it. It is easy. But I think changing out all the old fireplace hardware to a more modern hardware might just give you the look you want.
Almost anything you put over it will crack and crumble. The stonework you have is beautiful and much desired, it would cost you thousands of dollars to build one like you have. Please take a little time and learn to love what you have.
If you just have to change it, sheet copper or brushed stainless would work.
My neighbor did a project like yours. He put drywall over his, a lot less mess than plastering over it. It turned out really nice.
It looks beautiful the way it is! But if you really want to make a change maybe you can swap out the fireplace cover.
I like it the way it is but if you must change it, what about brick veneer. You can buy it in thin sheets and glue it on. No one can tell it isn't the real thing.
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