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KHR
Florida
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Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:38 pm   Post subject: Ugly fake stone wall behind wood stove


What can I do about a really ugly fake stone wall behind my wood burning stove? Photo is at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/11663550@N08/1144942892/

It doesn't look too bad in the photo, but when you see it in real life, it's hideous!

Any suggestions for what can be done?




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Wrennie

Catskill Mountains NY
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Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:43 pm   


hmmmmm
Can it be removed?

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gardenmama

Vermont
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Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:45 pm   


have you thought about painting it the same color as the wall? then putting some kind of cabinets on either side, either armoires or other large bookcases? Painting the wall portion of the fireplace area the same color as the wall will make it blend in and disappear.

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Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:48 pm   


http://www.gardenstew.com/viewtopic.php?p=67456&highlight=#67456

Don't forget that you also got some good ideas back in Aug of last year when you posted this question.

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KHR
Florida
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Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:11 pm   


I suppose the stuff could be removed--but I don't feel I'm up to that big of a job.
When I originally posted the picture I thought I was going to keep the rock. I don't realize how awful it is until I got a chance to see it first hand.
It's not that I want the hearth to disappear--I just want it to be attractive. Painting it over is probably the easiest thing to do, but I'd want to paint it something other than exactly the wall color (which I discovered is a really pale yellow).
I've replaced that carpet with tile which is sort of a terracota looks, which I think will go well with the furniture, which is rustic Mexican.
I kind of like the pastel walls. I had planned to repaint with the caramel I had in my last house, but I think I'll keep the yellow.
Should a try a more subtle faux finish on the stones, than the garish faux they currently are?

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CritterPainter

Washington State
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Posted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 12:16 am   


Could you just spread mortar over the whole thing then tile over it? Seems doable if you scrubbed it with something like TSP first...

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KHR
Florida
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Posted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 7:16 pm   


Hmm. Maybe I could sort of smooth it out with mortar--give it a sort of rough, lumpy, country look. Some of the knobs of the stone stick out a bit.

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johnaydan
Mohnton, PA
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Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:23 am   


KHR wrote:
Hmm. Maybe I could sort of smooth it out with mortar--give it a sort of rough, lumpy, country look. Some of the knobs of the stone stick out a bit.


Maybe you can brush it up wit some POP(Plaster Of Paris) and then paint it to make it more and more realistic....

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KHR
Florida
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Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:52 pm   


Maybe plaster it over and then give it a whitewashed look. Keep the base top natural--I think those are actually real sandstone.

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