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How to Build a Stacked Stone Fireplace Surround

Add a rustic touch to your living room's decor with a stacked stone fireplace surround.

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  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Prepare Surface

No prep work is required for a brick surround. For a tile or stone surround or other uneven surface, first remove the surround material and cover surface with cement board.

Step 2: Mix Mortar

Mix masonry thin-set in a bucket until it is the consistency of peanut butter.

Step 3: Apply Mortar to Stones

Select the first stone and apply thin-set to the back of the stone with a trowel. This process is known as “back buttering.”

Step 4: Stack Stones

Working from the floor up, stack stones. Offset joints for a random look. Let set for 24 hours. No grouting is required. Top fireplace with a mantel.

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