The homeowner wanted the top of the stone surround to be twelve inches from the bottom of the mantle rather than the small two inch strip that was currently in place.
There was a small problem with that – you cannot stick tile to metal. Especially metal with temperature fluctuations that a fireplace produces.
I cut fiberboard, a cement-based backerboard, and installed that around the fireplace. To cover the inside edges of the fiberboard I cut a 1/4″ by 1 1/2″ channel out of the back of the chair rail (the trim pieces around the inside of the surround) and wrapped them over the edge of the backerboard.
The stone is a split-faced stone which is cut into 1 x 2 inch rectangles and butted against one another. The face of the stone is unfinished and leaves a very textured look with a lot of depth. A very rustic look perfect for a fireplace surround.
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