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02-11-2010, 11:26 PM
Well, I'm making good progress on my stone fireplace wall/feature wall and thought I'd share some pics.

I'd love some feedback, tips/tricks, things to watch for, or things I may have not considered. I'd even settle for angry "you did it all wrong" replies, since I'd prefer to learn from my mistakes.. and I usually make a few.

Anyhow, a little about the project - we're reno'ing almost the entire house, and the fireplace used to be a wood burning model, which we replaced with a gas direct-vent unit (vented thru the chimney chaseway and out the roof). We wanted to do something to the walls to really make this a feature, and we decided on using real stone veneer, a dark grey crystally slate. They come as 6x24 panels, and pre-made corner pieces too.

We had an engineer check the math to make sure the beam below could take it, and he said we'd be good. It's a LOT of weight, so I'm hoping he's right!!

I covered the framing with 1/2" wonderboard, screwed and pl-premium'd to the studs.

I'm using Laticrete Platinum 254 thinset to stick the stone veneer panels to the wall.

As you can see in the pics, the fireplace is on the front of the wall. The left portion of the wall is a half-height wall in our dining room, which is behind the chimney chaseway (it's a split-level home). I'm covering all sides of the chimney chaseway and wall with the stone veneer.

Anyhow, that's about it! :blah: I'd love some comments/tips! OH - you can click the pics for larger views.

In the pic below there's a black marker line around the fireplace. That's where the stone ends, and I will set in some matching tile so the face of the fireplace will sit flush. The fireplace has a face-kit which is not pictured, and has to sit against something with an even surface, so that's why. (

I'll set some tile with a 1" perimeter around the light switches and a wall plug (not pictured) so they look similar to how the fireplace will, and so they will sit flush with the wall. (

It's hard to see, but to have a continuous corner from top-to-bottom on the right-corner, which goes down to the stairs below, I'm using corner pieces of veneer (they come pre-made, flat panels and corners) even on the flat wall but cut so it will look consistent all the way down. (

This is a view from the dining room, the back of the half-height wall and the back of the chimney chaseway. There's drywall leaning on it, you'll need to use your imagination.. nowhere else for it at this time. (

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02-11-2010, 11:49 PM
pretty ambitious project there, looking good so far.:)

03-02-2010, 01:46 PM
More pictures.. I'd say I'm just past 1/2 done.

I think it's looking pretty good!! ( (

03-03-2010, 05:33 AM
John, could you do us a big favor and post your pictures using the "Manage Attachments" feature? It helps us maintain your pictures on our database in the event you close your web-hosting account. Also, some of us (insert moderator to remain un-named here) are behind a firewall and can't see your pics.

The software re-sizes automatically, so it's easier than ever.

03-03-2010, 08:36 AM
Will do - I'll post them that way from now on.