It might seem a bit odd to be thinking about fireplaces in the middle of the scorching summer heat, but in the realm of DIY, the offseason is the perfect time to begin planning ahead.
Redditor HoosierCAD took advantage of the summer weather to totally transform his old and outdated fireplace into something a bit more visually pleasing.
Here we have the original fireplace in need of a modern overhaul. He decided to add a stone exterior to bring new life to his living room.
He purchased this walnut mantel at a local mill.
Before he could begin the redesign, he needed to remove the TV and tape everything off.
He installed metal lath with roofing nails to help keep the stone pieces in place.
Next, he covered the metal with a polymer mortar, serving as a scratch coat. He made sure to layer the mortar thicker than the lath.
The biggest worry with layering the stone was determining how long to let the mortar sit before attaching them. HoosierCAD chose to let it sit for an hour, and applied the stone while the mortar was still tacky.
He created a jig out of scrap wood to aid in cutting straight edges of stone.
He was extra-careful about leveling out the stonework as he layered the pieces.
In two days' time the stone portion was complete!
He reinstalled the TV before moving on to the final touch.
Afterwards, he planed, cut, and sanded the walnut mantel.
Four layers of Danish oil and a wet sander gave the piece a nice sheen.
He attached the mantel to the fireplace and gave it a bit of shine with Minwax.
The completed project is the perfect accompaniment to the already installed wooden flooring.