You’re probably wondering how expensive it is, because I would want to know the same thing. It comes in boxes that will cover 16 square feet, and each box retails for about $50, available at most Lowe’s stores. We needed just over one box, so we purchased two of them, and spent just $100 (with some leftover for another project) on the stone. You also need a bucket of adhesive, which cost us $15. There is a TON in the bucket, and was more than enough for our entire project with also some leftover. Our fireplace is flat to the wall, with no corners, but they do sell boxes of corner pieces for those of you that do.
It comes in two different colors: Autumn Mountain (which is what we used) and Spring Creek. Autumn Mountain has warm tones–creams, browns, and tans, while Spring Creek is of a cooler tone, and lots of greys. I loved both, but the Autumn Mountain color matched the rest of our home better–our existing tile, carpet, and cabinetry–which we would not be replacing. Our trim is also a cream, rather than white, and it made a big difference as well in what our choice would be.
When we bought it and brought it home, I wasn’t sure how easy it was actually going to be. Even though I didn’t like it, we would still be destroying a brand new fireplace, and once we started hammering, there was no going back. But…I hated the tile enough that I didn’t care. ☺I figured anything would be better than that! So…we went for it! I was pleasantly surprised at how straightforward it was, and while it does take some time to do right (what project doesn’t?), it wasn’t hard. I’m going to show you how we did ours! ( Most of the work was one at night, thus the photo quality of some pictures…)
We removed the front glass part of your fireplace, and put it aside. Then the fun part began—demolition time!!! We used several tools to help us remove the tile around the fireplace, including a hammer and dremmel. We tried to keep the cement backer board, but it was impossible to remove the tile and keep it intact. I didn’t remove the tiles from the bottom floor of the fireplace–you’ll see what we did later in the post.