Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Stone Fireplace Makeover using Cultured Stone

It’s been a long time since I updated my blog. I’ve been busy doing all kinds of projects – fireplaces, interior walls, rec rooms, and some great exteriors as well. Keep an eye on this blog over the next few weeks as I will be updating a lot of new projects!

Today I have a great fireplace makeover to share. The temperature is dropping and it is officially fireplace season.

The new stone that I laid is flat, allowing me to place it right over top of old stone or outdated brick fireplaces. That means there is no demolition needed (no mess and no clean up!)

Here is the before photo. You can see the stone has been discoloured by years of fires in that cozy log fireplace. Cultured stone can also be used on gas or electric fireplaces.


Here is a look at the process. I always take some time to lay out the stones in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. It makes a huge difference in the finished product.


The stone wraps around to the other room as well, creating a fresh. modern focal point in two rooms.


Finally, here are the after shots. The old fireplace was stand-alone, and the homeowner and I decided to extend the new stone right to the wall. This grounds the fireplace and makes it a more cohesive look for this open-concept living space.

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And here is the other side of the fireplace, forming a focal wall in the adjoining dining room complete with two floating shelves.


Contact me if you would like a quote for your fireplace makeover! rwminnings at