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Old 2013-09-07, 05:35 PM
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After a successful diagonal backsplash install last weekend, we've decided our next project is likely going to be stone surrounding the fireplace.

2 Questions:
1) Would you remove the mantle or add the stone around it? I've mostly seen the stone with no mantle but wanted to see if anyone has seen it with a mantle?

2) Would most folks do the extra work of putting the stone around the windows as well, not just above/around the fireplace? I think it gives more of a complete look personally but realize it's a heck of a lot more cutting (like our 45 degree backsplash install was last weekend).

I've attached a photo as reference.

Thanks for any feedback folks!
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I would remove the mantle and do the stone the width of your existing mantle up to the bulkhead. I wouldn't worry about including around the windows especially since you're moving in April. Can't wait to see how it turns out!
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After a successful diagonal backsplash install last weekend, we've decided our next project is likely going to be stone surrounding the fireplace.

2 Questions:
1) Would you remove the mantle or add the stone around it? I've mostly seen the stone with no mantle but wanted to see if anyone has seen it with a mantle?

2) Would most folks do the extra work of putting the stone around the windows as well, not just above/around the fireplace? I think it gives more of a complete look personally but realize it's a heck of a lot more cutting (like our 45 degree backsplash install was last weekend).

I've attached a photo as reference.

Thanks for any feedback folks!
I would probably do the entire wall, just for the fact that it does give it more of a complete look as you said. However, I've seen it done both ways and they both are nice.

I tried to search for some pictures of those who have kept the mantle in and I found this.



I actually think it looks nice. However, I found this...



And this one I don't like. I really think it depends on the stone you use and whether it complements the tile you have surrounding your fireplace.
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Old 2013-09-09, 09:25 AM
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Awesome, thanks Dennis&Sarah!
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Just stone the entire wall & call it a day
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We left our mantle in and were happy with the way it turned out for us.
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It's not as cut and dry a decision when there is no bump out to define the area for tiling. We will use ledge stone to tile between mantle and fireplace and use it elsewhere for a feature wall.
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After a successful diagonal backsplash install last weekend, we've decided our next project is likely going to be stone surrounding the fireplace.

2 Questions:
1) Would you remove the mantle or add the stone around it? I've mostly seen the stone with no mantle but wanted to see if anyone has seen it with a mantle?

2) Would most folks do the extra work of putting the stone around the windows as well, not just above/around the fireplace? I think it gives more of a complete look personally but realize it's a heck of a lot more cutting (like our 45 degree backsplash install was last weekend).

I've attached a photo as reference.

Thanks for any feedback folks!
You would remove the tile that is currently around the fireplace and within the mantle, right??

I'd go with #1. Personally, IMHO, I don't think there's enough wall on either side of those two windows to make it worthwhile to put stone on the entire wall. It'll be an awful lot of small cuts and it won't add a ton to the look.
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I think putting stone around the windows would look kind of weird. In my opinion, it would make it look like a fake fireplace if that makes sense. I think it would look great if you just put stone the width of the current fireplace from the floor to ceiling, no mantle. Good luck!
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Fantastic feedback folks, thank you. Dunky, I like your look too!

Now I need to figure out how difficult the mantle + exisiting ceramic tile removal is going to be and if it's going to damage the drywall, in which case I'll need to repair/replace.
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