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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fireplace Surround Project

In my last post on our Entryway/Mantel project I showed pictures of the retiled entryway and hearth, putting up the fireplace mantel, caulking and priming it. Next we painted the mantel and started on the fireplace surround.

Using tile mortar, we attached polished river rocks to the wall. It was a tedious process placing them just so and getting enough mortar on them for them to stick. But, it was also kind of fun like an art project in a way.




We let the mortar set for over 24 hours and then we grouted. The grout was a mess! We couldn't use a typical grout float over the rocks so we had to do it all by hand. Basically I would scoop up grout with my fingers and push it in between the crevices and spaces surrounding each rock. What we ended up with was a whole lot of black grout on the mantel, the floor, and our hands.

We let the grout sit for 20 minutes then used our grout sponge to smooth it out and off of the surface of the rocks. 2 hours later we began the process of removing the grout haze from the rocks. We still need to do a couple more wipedowns to get all of the grout dust off.




Also, while the mortar was setting we painted the wall a darker shade since the original one was a little too pink for us. We also attached the wood trim to cover the seam between the slate and wood and filled the nail holes with wood filler. This still needs to be sanded and another coat of stain needs to be put on followed by a coat of polyurethane. But, we are almost done with this project! I hope to have the final before and afters up soon. All in all, I am really pleased with how it turned out and I love the river rock surround. Yeah, and the dogs totally photo bomb everyone of my pictures.






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8 Comments:

Blogger C7Lan said...

I continue to be amazed by your mad skillz.

January 12, 2010 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Babs said...

zomg, I was about to type the exact same thing, C7, but also work in the word "hookerface."

January 12, 2010 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Mrs in Training said...

This looks amazing!!

January 12, 2010 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

WoW! That looks great, I love the river rocks! I'm amazed as well.

January 12, 2010 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Mo said...

That looks gorgeous!

I would also like to change your imaginary new job to DIY home project guru.

January 12, 2010 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

Hi,

I came across your blog and thought you might like to take a peek at mine. I live in the French Alps and write about food and renovating our old watermill. Would you be interested in exchanging links?

Sarah

http://atasteofsavoie.blogspot.com/

email: atasteofsavoie@gmail.com

January 13, 2010 at 1:52 AM  
Blogger Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

Wow, what a great diy. I love it!

January 14, 2010 at 8:18 PM  
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December 8, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

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Fireplace Surround Project

In my last post on our Entryway/Mantel project I showed pictures of the retiled entryway and hearth, putting up the fireplace mantel, caulking and priming it. Next we painted the mantel and started on the fireplace surround.

Using tile mortar, we attached polished river rocks to the wall. It was a tedious process placing them just so and getting enough mortar on them for them to stick. But, it was also kind of fun like an art project in a way.




We let the mortar set for over 24 hours and then we grouted. The grout was a mess! We couldn't use a typical grout float over the rocks so we had to do it all by hand. Basically I would scoop up grout with my fingers and push it in between the crevices and spaces surrounding each rock. What we ended up with was a whole lot of black grout on the mantel, the floor, and our hands.

We let the grout sit for 20 minutes then used our grout sponge to smooth it out and off of the surface of the rocks. 2 hours later we began the process of removing the grout haze from the rocks. We still need to do a couple more wipedowns to get all of the grout dust off.




Also, while the mortar was setting we painted the wall a darker shade since the original one was a little too pink for us. We also attached the wood trim to cover the seam between the slate and wood and filled the nail holes with wood filler. This still needs to be sanded and another coat of stain needs to be put on followed by a coat of polyurethane. But, we are almost done with this project! I hope to have the final before and afters up soon. All in all, I am really pleased with how it turned out and I love the river rock surround. Yeah, and the dogs totally photo bomb everyone of my pictures.






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