DIY Concrete fireplace?
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DIY Concrete fireplace?Posted by Melissa Wayne at October 25. 2005
Re: DIY Concrete fireplace?Posted by Melissa Wayne at October 25. 2005
OK, the image of my present fireplace didn't show up. But you get the idea :hm:
Re: DIY Concrete fireplace?Posted by Brandon J. Gore at October 25. 2005
There are concrete overlays that could be applied to give the look of smooth concrete, but it takes a skilled tradesperson to apply these and make them look good.
What area of the country are you in? Perhaps I can refer you to someone.
Thanks for replying...I'm in SE Pennsylvania.
Re: DIY Concrete fireplace?Posted by mjfree at October 26. 2005
I had my plaster contractor plaster my fireplace. He mixed in a dryvit color (for stucco), and got something that closely resembled concrete.
Wow, Freestone that looks pretty cool. I wonder if it's fire-rated - we have a wood-burning insert. Did your contractor just trowel it on? (Not to make it sound like it's that simple - I'm sure it requires specific technique...) What is beneath the plaster?
Re: DIY Concrete fireplace?Posted by Greg Pohl at October 27. 2005
Wow, that really does look great. I had the same question, and I have to say that I think you just gave me my answer. Was it very expensive? I live in Florida, so it is pretty unlikely that I will be having a fire any time soon...but, I do have a fireplace, so it might as well look good.
Re: DIY Concrete fireplace?Posted by mjfree at November 02. 2005
This is a direct vent fireplace, so it was framed in with studs and sheathed in 1/2 plywood. My plaster contractor then stapled up a metal grid and hand trowled on a thick coat of plaster. It took two guys around 5 hours, since they kept trowling the surface to get a smooth texture and concrete look.
Re: DIY Concrete fireplace?Posted by Chris at November 05. 2005
I have a 1980's brick fireplace...but what's inside is actually an oversized woorburning stove that has been framed up to look exactly like it's a fireplace.
I had read somewhere that I could go over the brick with concrete parging. I'm not too sure about the fire rating, or about the process. As I understand, it is simply trowelled on and then grinded and buffed.
Last month's Metropolitan Home magazine had a picture of a bathroom vanity that had 1/8 artisan plaster as it's surface material.
Also, last month's Fine Homebuilding has a DIY concrete fireplace section in it where they fabricate concrete tiles, a la Cheng, and then hang them with adhesive and poured-in hangars.
Looks sleek and super super easy.
I guess it depends on how much you want to disassemble before putting up the concrete look.