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Cover a yucky brick hearth?

Nova's picture

Hi there, I just joined these forums and look forward to learning and sharing here...what a great site!

We live in a nearly 40 yr old split level bungalow with your typical layout...complete with a horribly ugly, floor to ceiling, red brick hearth in the living room that wraps right around to the dining/kitchen. it is a working fireplace but it's rarely used.

Has anyone ever covered one of these with either drywall or a more decorative stone or brick? I have visions of a modern, showy wall with an insert woodstove one day :rolleyes: however the first task is covering this brick. It's really gross.

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sandycyr's picture

my sister in law did this - they had an ugly fireplace that actually the bricks were falling off - they ended up drywalling over it and then applying ceramic tile that looked like slate - it looked great and updated!

selina's picture

Hi, I recently went to the Home Show in Toronto and found a faux brick product that can be applied over top of brick, plaster and drywall. The company name is Soho Brick ([url][/url]). I attached a picture of the product, I hope it's helpful.

Nova's picture

Tangotori...yes that's what I'd love to do. Good to know you can do this yourself. I love the second example. I have a feeling this would be on the very high side in terms of cost.

Nova's picture

Thanks everybody for your thoughts. I agree with those of you who say it's the grout that make it stand out. Sweetpea, I really like your daughter's paint job. Looking4ideas, I have imagined a similar's fun to have a wishlist! ;)

Nova's picture

Yes, this is my first attempt at attachments...hopefully this works. Our living room walls are a warm taupe and our kitchen walls are salsa red - both colour could change as the whole house is due for a paint job.
Here is the monster brick!


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