I want to reface my fireplace and I would like suggestions. Do I need to tear everything down that is currently up? I want to make it a stone wall with a reclaimed wooden mantel. I know I will have to get rid of both the tile surround and replace the tile insert on the floor, but I don't know what to do with the rest of it. I need help. I can't attach the pictures I have for some reason...
You need to prep it so that it can accept the stone. This means that any added on surface (like tile) or any protrusions will need to be removed. If you are down to brick, then you can add stone directly on top of that. If it's a frame wall behind the tile, then you will need to build back with a backer board or a lathe wire stucco. The main thing is that you have a single smooth plane from floor to however high up you want to go with the stone.
jaybee is correct. if i may add ..
on the wire mesh, it is wise to add a scratch coat
then the rock.
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