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Apply Culture Stone to Fireplaces

Updated:2014-01-20 14:28:31
Most traditional fireplaces contain natural stone or brick, but this look may not work for every homeowner. Natural stone is generally expensive and hard to install; if the work and expense is not worth the look you achieve, you may want to consider culture stone. Culture stone is composed of stone pieces, dyes and cement to take on the look of natural stone without the expense or weight. In general, installing these stones uses mortar and grout to hold the pieces in place.

Instructions as follows:

                                          

Firstly, clean the surface of your fireplace to remove soot, dust, dirt and other contaminants. Use product-specific cleaning products to clean the surround; if your fireplace is made of brick, you will clean differently than if it is made of marble. Allow the area to dry completely before applying any mortar.
Secondly, lay out your cultured stone on newspaper or another template of your fireplace. This will allow you to arrange the stones into a style of your choosing, varying shape, color and texture to fit your design idea. Leave about ? inch of space between each stone to allow for mortar installation.
Thirdly, mix your mortar per product instructions; different brands of mortar will require different amounts of water. Mix well until there are no lumps in the mortar. If you are using mortar coloring to change the look of the mortar, keep track of how much color you use; if you have to make a second batch, you will need to use the same amount or the color will not match.

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