Updating marble fireplace
The whole room had recently been remodeled leaving the fireplace looking like the last vestige of the older house.
It was also lacking a significant mantel, which the client found limiting.
There is more about how to do this safely in our book Remodeling a Fireplace.
Once the stone is removed, the fireplace can be faced in tile, brick, or another type of stone facade. Needless to say, this one change of fireplace facing completely transformed their living room.
I didn’t think it warranted a post since I just spray painted it as a temporary solution but seeing as we’ve been here five years now and we haven’t changed our fireplaces and my paint job has held up fine, it was time to show you how I did it. Here is the living room when we first toured the house. I didn’t know if it would work but I had no choice. So basically all I did was spray paint all the rough rock with a coat of primer (I used Zinsser Bin) and then off-white spray paint, about three coats. You can see on the hearth by the wire basket that some of the paint has scratched off.
Then we took down that wall between living room and family room. I didn’t know what to do with the hearth but time was running out, the floors were going in! I found some black BBQ paint (paint for high heat) and painted the brass glass doors. But the living room one we left the same (which has a non-working gas insert – we’d like to take it out and use it as a wood fireplace but still haven’t gotten around to it). I should really repaint the hearth but haven’t yet.
The remodeled fireplace design matched the custom cabinets and bookshelves in the room.
Our book on Fireplace Remodeling goes into detail on how to apply sheetrock and how to build a custom mantel. The original fireplace dominated a room that was filled with beautiful built-in custom cabinets.
This fireplace remodel required backer board installation before the fireplace was faced with Italian tile.