About 12 inches of drywall was removed on most of the walls so I decided that if we were ever going to re-do the fireplace NOW was the time! It only had 12x12 ceramic tiles on it and was very plain. Tim and I both have always loved the look of natural stone and decided we could resurface it ourselves.
The entire project probably cost around $400 for the materials but we did it all ourselves and I still love it.
Here's a before picture - all decked out for Christmas - very plain and boring!
And here is the after picture -
Much better - don't you think?
Here's an in progress picture -
The stacked slate came in 6" x 18" pieces and fit together like a puzzle. The hearth tiles are 12 x 12 slate floor tiles and our wood floor installer put the wood floor and trim in after I laid them down and grouted them.
It is one of my all time favorite projects that Tim and I have ever completed - and we are still married - so you know it was a success!
This picture shows the white flat trim that we added to the sides to cover up the raw edges of the stone. Tim did a great job with this and it looks like it was part of the mantel.