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After over 20 years in our home we have remodeled almost everything in the place except the out dated fireplace. We've talked about doing this for years so we finally started. Our next door neighbor is a general contractor & has done many update to his home so we asked him to do it for us. The rock on the old fireplace is lime stone & matches the rock on the outside of the house so we will recycle it into a new mailbox while Cesar is here. More pics on it as it gets started later.

Here are a few of the old fireplace & the building on the new. We wanted a custom mantle & after taking to a few cabinet makers I decided to build the mantle myself. I have the tools & skills to make one like we want. It is made from Cherry & measures 5 inch thick X 10 inch deep & 74 inch long.

The old fireplace



Down to bare framing.



Ready for stone, mantle & granite on the hearth. it is now about 6 inches wider.
You can see a few pieces of the stacked stone tile we are using setting on the mantle ledge.



The mantle so far.




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Nice looking wood, Steve! That & the thin sliced stone veneer will look good. How dark are you going to stain the cherry?

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Benny we are going Dark Red Cherry as that is what the kitchen cabinets, dinning room set & entertainment center are. This way everything matches.

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Wow, that looks good.

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Wow, that looks good.
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Inspired by the new fireplace at the Iron Horse Lodge?

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+1.

Inspired by the new fireplace at the Iron Horse Lodge?
No I do not remember what the fire place at the Iron Horse looked like.
I've always likes the look of "Stacked" stone so that was why we chose it.
The Granite Hearth should be installed today & hopefully the rest will be done in the next day or two.

Here is the Mantle with stain & 1 coat of clear. I will sand it smooth with 500 grit & put on 1 more coat of clear today to Finish it off.


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Wow, that looks good.
+2 Looking forward to the finished product.

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No I do not remember what the fire place at the Iron Horse looked like.
I've always likes the look of "Stacked" stone so that was why we chose it.
The Granite Hearth should be installed today & hopefully the rest will be done in the next day or two. ....
It looks a lot like your new fireplace! Very, very tall and wide. It was a good remodel/upgrade for them.

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The granite is now installed & looking great.


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Thanks Jim buy it does help to have a GREAT contractor although I will take all the credit for the mantle.


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OK, no shortcuts here. Show us the complete ceiling to floor look. FYI you can turn the camera 90 degrees.

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OK, no shortcuts here. Show us the complete ceiling to floor look. FYI you can turn the camera 90 degrees.
Well I took the Pic this way as the bottom is not done yet. They are working on it now so it should be finished today.

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Well I took the Pic this way as the bottom is not done yet. They are working on it now so it should be finished today.
Ah, ya lo se! Was thinking you would wait to pt the mantle in place after all the stonework was done.

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The mantle is just setting in place right now (not attached) but they need it up to make the cuts on the stone so they fit tight to the Mantle.
As you see here the mantle fits to the backer board & the stone overlaps the mantle 3/4 of an inch or so on the top but the stone will but up against the back of mantle.
The mantle is about 3/8 inch wider then the stone on each end.


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It's looking really good so far.

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Here is the Mantle with stain & 1 coat of clear. I will sand it smooth with 500 grit & put on 1 more coat of clear today to Finish it off.

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The mantle is just setting in place right now (not attached) but they need it up to make the cuts on the stone so they fit tight to the Mantle.
As long as they don't scratch the woodwork, you're golden. That's one beautiful mantle!
Queue the jeopardy music.

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As long as they don't scratch the woodwork, you're golden. That's one beautiful mantle!
Queue the jeopardy music.
They have been very careful with everything.

Stone work is done, It needs a little grout in a few places then the sealer/enhancer put on the stone. I have some trim work & touchup painting to do around it this weekend. All in All I'm very please with the new look.




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Sweeeeeeet!!!

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OK The finial step is now done. I put the sealer/enhancer on today & what a difference it makes.
It darkened up the stone & brought out the rich colors of all the different stones.

Here it is with enhancer on the right half.



Here is the completed fireplace with the screen in place.


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BIG nod your way. Looks fantastic.

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Wow! That sealer really makes it pop. Ya done good Stevie!!

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You gitta nod outta Sammie? That oughta gitcha a kitchen pass or two!!!!
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You gitta nod outta Sammie? That oughta gitcha a kitchen pass or two!!!!
This is her Valentine gift from me So I'm set on Kitchen passes for the long run this year. I may even combine a few weeks worth of them to take a long weekend up to Arkansas.

BTW It is good to have my living room back together.
The funny thing is I needed a masonry drill bit to install the hooks to hang the picture on the fireplace. The casher at Home depot jokingly said my $3.00 drill bit was her biggest sale of the day so far. I told her that it was the last $3.00 of a $3,000.00 remodel. I told her my wife had a $500. picture hanging on our old fire place that did not match the fireplace so instead of getting a new $500. picture to match the fireplace we got a new $3,000. fireplace to match the picture. She got a good laugh out of that one.



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