Updating on Old Rock Fireplace

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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 DebWhite from Wichita, KS


October 16, 20100 found this helpful
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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.

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December 29, 20100 found this helpful
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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.

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December 29, 20100 found this helpful
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If you just have to change it, sheet copper or brushed stainless would work.

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October 13, 2010

Updating on Old Rock Fireplace

We tore the fireplace insert out and are going to replace it with the old wood-stove that I had in my childhood home. I am looking for ideas; I am really into rustic, western, nature, and just old decor in general. It is a rock fireplace and pretty large, any ideas for this space? I have even thought about taking the shelves out of one or both sides.


BluHeelerz from Seagrove


Updating on Old Rock Fireplace

A pair of old cowboy boots lashed together with leather cord, and used to hold wheat stalks, bittersweet, pheasant feathers, etc. makes a good western sit-about. Use horseshoes arranged in a quilt type pattern to decorate a wall. Use strips of calico to tie them together.

I once took colored buttons and glued them to cardstock to look like different fruits for a kitchen project, wonder if you could do this on cork board in a good barn wood frame, and make it look like a wild mustang head. Wow just found myself a new project too!

By dede smith

Updating on Old Rock Fireplace

Oh yeah, forgot this idea! Make an enclosed closet out of the existing shelving. You can use an old outhouse door, or a hutch type cabinet using framed chicken wire. (01/28/2009)


By dede smith

Updating on Old Rock Fireplace

If you are ready to get rid of the fireplace, then go ahead and get rid of the shelving as well. Paint where the shelves were, you will be surprised at how much difference taking the shelves out will make. Good luck, and please post pictures, regardless of the final decision. We would all love to see the final outcome. (01/29/2009)

By Tami

Updating on Old Rock Fireplace

I wouldn't do anything except paint the mantel black. I might think about painting the bookcases black as well. If you don't like black, think about white. But I think black fits into your Western theme better. White can be prissy.

Most people are building bookcases alongside their fireplaces and TVs so I can't see removing those wonderful bookcases when you have them. They add value to your home as they look like built-ins.


Also, I was going to recommend painting your stone fireplace until I read further and saw you like the western type decorating. I think this stone work fits nicely.

Go with your gut feelings when making these decisions. No one else knows what you feel like inside and you are the only person you have to please. You know best what is good for you.

Good luck. (01/30/2009)

By Carol in PA

Updating on Old Rock Fireplace

I am sure whatever you do it will look great. Just adding a lightened version of the picture because I couldn't see it too well.
Good luck to you.


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