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DIY Fireplace Makeover on a Budget Using AirStone

How to Makeover an Existing Fireplace to look like stone using a product called AirStone.

If you have been following my blog for awhile you may recall decorating photos that I have posted about what I call the “House In My Head”.  It is the house I envision as the “perfect for me” house.  It isn’t high-end, big, or trendy – just a house that has all the components to fit with my personal style. The DIY project I completed for this post is getting that “house in my head” a little closer to reality.

The House In My Head – has a stone fireplace.

Fireplace makeover tutorial using AirStone

Photo Credits: House and Home, Pretty and Posies, HGTV

The House in my Reality – has a brick fireplace.  I am doing a DIY Fireplace Makeover.

Fireplace Makeover – Before

Fireplace Makeover Ideas

I gave it a semi-makeover about 8 years ago by painting it white.

How to Paint a-Brick-Fireplace

Back in April I was in Lowes – like I am what seems like everyday and saw a display for a new product called AirStone – OMG!!! I got so excited and had to learn more.

I watched the video on the display and smiled big time – a stone fireplace could be mine and no stone mason or special skills needed – plus I could afford it on my limited decorating budget!

AirStone Makes a DIY Fireplace Makeover on a Budget a Reality!

Boxes-of-AirStone

I gathered all the pamphlets to read when I got home. I went to the AirStone website and knew this would finally be my way to get a stone fireplace.

Fireplace Makeover – AFTER

DIY Stone Fireplace Makeover

Find out how I made the Window Sash Fireplace Screen

AirStone comes in two colors – I used Autumn Mountain. It feels like real stone, but is much lighter. It does not feel like foam or cheap versions of stone facades.

Airstone-Colors-Spring-Cree

Note: When I did this fireplace over using AirStone, it was 2012 and brand new product. It was lightweight and easy to cut with a hack saw.

After AirStone was on the market for awhile, the company had many returns as the lightweight stones were breaking in the boxes in transit. So they made the stones heavier and dense which now makes them harder to cut.

For the second fireplace I did a few years after the one shown in this post, I had to use my miter saw to cut the stones. You can see and read about the second fireplace I did in this post: AirStone Fireplace & Mantel Makeover

Supplies-Needed for DIY Fireplace Makeover

supplies needed:

  • AirStone – You can buy AirStone at select Lowes stores.  I needed 1 box of Flat Edge stones and 1 box of Corner Edge stones
  • 1 tub of AirStone Adhesive
  • Putty Knife
  • Hack Saw with a new blade or a power miter saw with a smooth cutting blade.
  • Pencil
  • Wet Rag and warm water

1.  Clean the surface that you will be applying the stones to and let dry.

AirStone-types of edges

2.  AirStone comes in 3 different edges – Natural Edge – use where the side of the stone will be exposed. Flat and Corner stones.  There are also wide stones in each box so that you can create a realistic stone facade.

3.  Remove the stones from the boxes so they can acclimate to the air temperature as well as allow you to see the variety of shades in each box. You want to mix up the shades to create a realistic look.  There are little bumps on the sides of some stones.  Scrape them off – they are left over from the molding process.

How to makeover a fireplace using Stone

4. Figure out your general placement. I stacked stones to see how the mix of size and color variation would look before applying them.  You do not want the edges of the stones to line up – cut them with a hack saw if necessary to vary where the edges fall.  I drew black lines on the photo below to show you where they should be cut.

Painted-Brick Fireplace-Before

5. For a wall installation you may not need corner stones, but for my fireplace I needed them to go around the inner edge.  AirStone has a “Class A” fire rating and is safe to use around typical fireplaces.

Fireplace Makeover Ideas

When I got to the sides of the fireplace, I applied the corner pieces first and then added the rest of the stones to fill the sides,  cutting to vary the length of each.  When the front was covered, I added stones to the inside corner to make them even. You can see this in the last photo of the post.

How to cut AirStone

6. When I did this fireplace the stones were made differently then they are now. Cutting the stones was as easy as cutting a crusty French baguette, but instead of a bread knife, I used a hacksaw with a new blade. This is not the case anymore, you will need a powered saw with a very sharp, smooth cutting blade.

Marking-where-to-cut-AirStone

7. Use a pencil to mark the size stone you need.

How-to-cut-AirStone

8. Cut it on the face side of the stone, not the back side.  It is easy to cut.

9. For a wall installation start at the ground level and work horizontally. Make sure the first row is level, for it will be the foundation for all the rows above it.   I started to do this and realized when I got to the top of the fireplace – the last stone may not fit and I wanted the top stones to be whole since this is the most visible section of the facade.

Stone Fireplace makeover using AirStone

Instead, I started at the top and worked down, so the top stones would be the perfect fit. Doing it this way provided a little bit of a challenge, but I figured out how to get around it so the stones would not slip down as they dried.

10. To attach the stones  – use a putty knife and a thick coat of adhesive to the back of the stone like you are icing a cupcake, not buttering bread. Then press the stone firmly onto the wall allowing adhesive to compress.  If you get adhesive on a stone – use a wet rag and warm water to clean it off.

Fireplace makeover on a budget

I placed all of the stones across the opening of the fireplace, then pushed them up since they did slip down a bit.

Fireplace Makeover on a Budget

11.  I added a piece of dollar store foam board cut a little larger than the firebox opening.  Make sure it is a snug fit and even bows a bit so it holds up the stones while they dry.

Firepalce makeover using AirStone
DIY Stone Fireplace makeover

You can see a few of the wider stones that come in each box that I added.

How to make over a fireplace with stone

12.  Once I got to the bottom of each side of the firebox, I used scraps of the stone to hold the last stone up until I got a few pieces of face stone cut to fit the space.  (If I had started from the bottom up – this gap would have been at the top, so you can see why I installed the stone – top down. ) 

At the bottom – if it is not perfect – it does not matter as much.

See the links at the end of this post to see Part Two of my fireplace transformation where I show how I made over the grey hearth stone that the builder of my house never finished off and made it match the new AirStone fireplace.

AirStone Fireplace Makeover

This photo shows how I added stones to the inside corner edges of the firebox to make each side even and a sneak peek at the hearth makeover in progress.

Here is a link on how I painted the hearth to go with the AirStone:

How to add stone over a brick fireplace

For more information about AirStone, check out their site – it has many tips and videos that show just how easy and affordable it is to create a stone facade anywhere in your home.

UPDATE:

DIY fireplace and mantel makeover. This fireplace went from boring brick to wow by using a piece of repurposed furniture to create the floating mantel. | In My Own Style

I recently moved to a new home and made over the fireplace in the new house. You can read all about it in this post:

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Airstone DIY Fireplace Makeover

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128 Comments

  1. “Easy as cutting a French baguette”? Ummmmmm. Not even close. I used the proper blade and all….brand new. It took me 30 minutes to cut one piece. I’m not exactly a wilting violet either…at 5’11” and participant in yearly triathlons…..
    Other than that, I found the article informative.
    I would recommend using a miter saw with a masonry blade on it unless Popeye lives with you and even he would leave.

    1. Hi Stella –

      I redid 2 fireplaces with AirStone. Did you read both posts by any chance? For the first fireplace I did, the product was brand new. I was one of the first to use it. It was lightweight and very easy to cut like a baguette. Over the next year, Airstone was getting so many returns of the product as the stones were breaking in the boxes in transit. So they made the stones, more heavy duty where you need a saw. That is what I used for the second fireplace that was a much bigger job too. I like your reference to Popeye. :-) that you do need a sharp blade on a power saw. I am going to combine the two posts now to further explain this.

  2. Hello My name is Donnie Woods, I very much interested in a makeover for my fireplace. I truly love the Autumn Mountain. Is that the Smokey Grey look with the mirror at the top. I would love to purchase the stone and the mantle. Where can I purchase them.

    1. Hi Donnie –

      AirStone comes in 3 colors – the Autumn Mountain that I used and two other colors. I only used Autumn Mountain. You can purchase AirsStone at Lowes.As far as the mantel, it was custom made.

      I used AirStone in another house to create a much larger fireplace/mantel in my current house. I used the Autumn Mountain again and used the top of a dining room furniture hutch to make the mantel. Maybe it will give you an idea on how to make your own. You can read that post here: bit.ly/2xSrnn2bit.ly

  3. Beautiful job. How/where did you get the screen you used to cover the fireplace ? Was it a DIY as well. You are very talented for sure

  4. could you please tell me where you got your hearth stone? And I think I will try these! Have been looking at them! Thanks so much!

  5. THAT LOOKS FANTASTIC … I THINK …… “i ” …… CAN EVEN DO THIS. I’M VERY EXCITED.

  6. YOu make it sound like so much fun! I have wanted to redo my black marble fireplace surround and hearth, these firebrick would be great for the surround, but any thoughts on what I can do to the hearth to make it match? Can I use these stones on the hearth? Love that you did!

  7. You have done an excellent work in passing out the message through this blog, keep up the good work! Thanks a lot for this beauty Enjoying article with me. I am appreciating it very much!

  8. I’ve always stayed away from these types of projects because I thought it was more complex. After reading through your tutorial I’m surprised a how simple it is. I’m sort of a newbie house flipper and this is something I’ll definitely be incorporating into my future projects. Thanks for the share!

    1. (Sorry, I couldn’t figure out how to add a new comment, so I just clicked reply.)

      Diane– were you at all concerned about using the Airstone Interior Adhesive given that it’s only rated up to 120 degrees F? The exterior is up to 300 degrees. Even though the Airstone itself is non-combustible, I’m very worried about the adhesive not holding up to the heat of the chimney. Have you had any fires in yours since installing the Airstone?

      1. Hi Christina –

        Since the Airstone is only on the facade of the fireplace and not inside the firebox, I was never concerned about the adhesive not holding up. We had many, many fires (a few years worth) in the fireplace with the AirStone and never had a problem. Not one.

        I used the Exterior adhesive with a caulk gun for the new house fireplace since all the Lowes around me did not have the tubs of the interior adhesive and I didn’t want to wait for the new shipment to come in.

        Using the exterior adhesive was much harder to use then the interior, but worked just fine. We have used the fireplace in the new house a few times so far and there have been no problems. I hope this helps you make your decision as to whether or not you will use it.

  9. I noticed in list of what you bought you only bought the flat stones and the corner stones but no natural. Is that correct? Or did you mean you bought the natural plus the corner plus the flat? It all comes in separate boxes, right?

    1. Hi Sherry –

      Yes, each of the 3 types of stones do come in separate boxes. I did not use the natural edge stone since I didn’t have any exposed edges except for the corners,and the corner stones take care of that. The natural edge stones are to use to place when you will see the raw edge of the stone. The natural have a finished edge when viewed from the side. Does that make sense? Where I started and stopped the stones is hidden. If I was going to place the stones on a wall where you would see the edge, that is when you would want to use the natural edge stones.

      I recently completed a second fireplace makeover using AirStone. I didn’t need the natural edge stones for it either.

      1. Great job love how it came out any suggestions on what I could do with the tile that is in front of my fireplace it is almost level with the wood floor and is an outdated terra cotta color and not sure what I could do with that to match the airstone.

  10. Hi Diane, your fire place re-do was beautiful along with the pictures of your home. I look forward to seeing more on your blog. We currently have an ugly stone fireplace and I’m dying to redo it in store. Thanks for sharing your new project. Kim

  11. The paint looks grear but im just curious to know why did you not put the faux stone on top of the hearth? My fireplace has a hearth made out of brick and would like to cover the top with the faux stone.

    1. Hi Marlene – The reason I didn’t use AirStone faux stone on the hearth is that AirStone does not recommend the product for horizontal surfaces, only vertical surfaces.

  12. Hi Diane, I am planning to use airstone to re-do my fire place…..it is a BORING plain tired gas fire place. I painted the room and it HAS TO GO!!!! I have found some awesome pics….I feel like I cane buy a project set and be good to go except for 1 thing…..the tile in front of the fire place (mine is flat even with my wood floor) what can I do?? Skimstone?? Help need ideas!! Thanks!!

    1. Hi Mary Rose – SkimStone would cover the tile and grout lines the best. It does take some time, but in the end I think it would be your best bet to use it to cover the tile. When I redid my fireplace with Airstone, the hearth was a slab of grey stone. I painted it to color match the AirStone. It has held up just fine with frequent used of the fireplace. You probably read it already, but I posted about it here: http://bit.ly/2uJgHp4

  13. Diane, hello! would like to send you a picture of my fireplace and see what your feed back would be. I am contemplating updating my fireplace This weekend. Your advise would be perfect.

  14. I love the dramatic change in your fireplace,and it looks very expensive, even though it wasn’t! ….my kind of project! I saw a kitchen / butlers pantry display in home depot with a stone backslash.- I loved it and wanted to do it in my dining room( I’m remodeling my kitchen and extending my kitchen into the dining room-but I wanted to keep it polished/dressy looking) ,home depot’s display room was perfect, but my husband immediately nixed the idea saying the stone would be ‘too exspensive’.Now , I can tell him we have another alternative!! Thanks!! Plus, I just bought a gas fireplace on Craigslist and I could extend the stone idea to the fireplace!!

    1. Hi Pat – The AirStone is one of the best DIY’s I have ever done. It is one great product that looks as good today as it does when I first installed it a few years ago. I will be using in it again in my next house if it doesn’t have a stone fireplace.

  15. Hi Diane, I was tickled to find your site and what you have posted to help others! My husband & I want a real stone look for our 32″ log fireplace but it has been a problem getting that done & so for years just left the plywood as is. I was thrilled to find out about the Air stone and really like the Autumn color in the store but got home with ugly stone in all my boxes ! I saw where you painted your hearth to look as you wanted it to. Can I do that with the AirStone to have a richer autumn color? I just can’t stand the grey color and we are tired of the plywood look and looked for so look for a cheaper way to have a stone place! I don’t want to paint the wood. Help and Thank you!!

  16. Love the idea and look – does anyone know: can the refacing material be applied to make a “regular” size fireplace and mantle into a two story? I have a non-exposed chimney of a wood burning fireplace in a two story great room. I want to remodel so the chimney becomes a two story stone look the height of the great room. Looking for anyone familiar with the limits of the refacing materials. Thanks,

    1. Hi Chris – I don’t see why you couldn’t do this. It would look fabulous. The only limits I believe are not using it in exterior applications and your imagination. To find out for sure, ask over at the AirStone site.

  17. Hello,

    I wanted to let you know that my husband and I covered our fireplace this weekend with Airstone. First of all, we love the way it turned out. Second, maybe we were using the wrong kind of blade in our saw, but it was not as easy as cutting bread. LOL Please let me know what kind of blade you used in your project. Thank you for the helpful posts!

    1. Hi Teresa – Was your blade sharp? I used a hack saw with a brand new blade I bought at Lowes. The brand of blade was a Nicholson 24T x 10″. It is a white blade that came two in a pack. It was so easy to cut the stones, truly like cutting into a french baguette. I was one of the first users of AirStone – right when it first came out on the market. I know they could not ship the product back then since shipping broke many of the stones and people returned it. I did my fireplace a few years ago, perhaps they found a way to harden the stones more, but still make them so you can cut them. This is the only reason I can think of why your stones were hard to cut. This or a dull blade. I am happy to hear that you love how your fireplace turned out. Every time I look at mine, I smile as I would have never been able to have a stone fireplace without AirStone.

  18. My fireplace is not a flat surface. It is faux stone and I was curious if I would be able to use the air stone on it. This is beautiful, I hope I can use it!

    1. Hi Carie – Is the fireplace rounded or have angles? Since you can cut AirStone to any size you need, it may work. Do you have a photo of the fireplace? Seeing it I would be better able to tell you if it would work or not. You may want to check over at AirStone.com. They will answer your questions and are very helpful.

  19. This is exactly what my fireplace looks like too. Thank you for your post because I really didn’t know how to change mine. How did you remove the brass? My fireplace was orginially a real working fireplace which was converted into a gas fireplace. We don’t use it because it does provide heat since the heat escape through the chimney. The chimney shoot door is closed but it not sealed so during the winter our living is really cold because of this fireplace. We tape up the fireplace in the winter to reduce heat lost and prevent cold air from the fireplace. Any suggest?

    1. Hi Mia – To remove the brass fireplace doors, we simply unscrewed it from the brick. Open the doors and look behind your brass doors. There is probably big turn screws to loosen. It was very easy to do. To cover it in the winter, you could cut a plywood board that fits snugly into the opening. Decoratively paint it with a stencil. Attach insulation behind it. This would help keep the cold out and make the fix pretty. I made a fireplace screen using a window sash. It is decorative only, but it may give you an idea. Here is the link to that post: http://bit.ly/2WLyGaG

  20. What did you use for the hearth? I’ve applied my stone, but don’t know what to use on the flat surface. Looked at lowes paving stones, not sure I want to go that route. Did you have your “slab” cut to fit? Thanks for the fab instructions!!!

    Tiffany

  21. Hi, this looks fantastic! I was wondering what the screen is you are using to cover the hole? I am from uk, we have an ugly fireplace that we don’t use, and something like that would be so useful! Thank you, Inga

      1. Thank you, I did wonder if I’d find it elsewhere on your blog. Fantastic, I shall see if I can find one of those (once the kids are out of their destructive phase, that is). Best wishes, Inga

  22. AireStone now offers three colors and according to their website it is for interior and exterior use. I just did the bottom portion of my porch pillars (like Charlotte wants to do) and – according to my neighbors – it looks great. Naturally, the first thing I notice are the places I messed up. The only things you have to worry about are the type of adhesive you use and what backing material you stick it to. I used cement backer board. The AirStone website has most of the information you need.

    1. Thanks Bill for sharing this info. When I did my fireplace there were only two colors to choose from. I need to go over to their site and see what the new color is. I bet your porch pillars look great – AirStone is one fantastic product.

  23. I was just searching online for tips for using airstone on a fireplace and found your blog. We have the exact same fireplace!! And that is the color of stone I chose too. I will report back-thanks for the tips!

  24. Can this product be used for the bottom half of exterior craftsman style pillars and does it come in more than 3 colors?

  25. WE would like to cover the wood front of our freplace in our camper it sits on the back wall in the middle of the wall. Will this stone hole up & not crack if we either use the Air Stone tub adhesive or would the tube type work as good & will either hold the stone in place. Will the stones do ok and stay on the wood we stick it to. Our fire place is gas with life like ceramic logs. We probably not use it very little if at all. We like the stone look rather then the wood. Some of the units come with a stone front but ours did not & I am waiting to get up with the Rv company to see what type of stone they use on the camper units. If they use the same type than we would like to do it ourselves becasue it is a small amout that we would need and not sure if we can get it form them at a reasonable cost. If it is the same type of product what is your warrenty on this product if we use it this way? Would you respond with a email thei our address please on this matter. Thank you Was not sure what to use for website

  26. Hi, I am planning on doing this to my fireplace next weekend. I currently have pink ceramic tile on my surround (where you had the brick). I noticed that you applied this product directly over the brick – do you think this product can be applied directly on the tile or should I remove the tile first?
    Thanks!
    Christine

    1. Hi Christine –

      If the tile is slick and shiny, I would rough it up with 60 grit sandpaper and then clean it well. A 5-10 minute going over with a sanding block will be fine. You will then be able to place the AirStone right over the tile. Roughing up the tile will help the adhesive have something to grab onto.

  27. Diane….your detailed explanations and photos are great! Question…I am assuming that you used the “corner” pieces where the face of the bricks turn and go “inside” the opening. Then, the straight pieces went on the “front”. I have a brick hearth as well, not sure what materials to use to cover them…..I get the idea that the stone is not a good idea.

    1. Hi Jean – Yes, I used the corner pieces to go around into the opening of the fireplace and the straight pieces everywhere else. I do not think I would use the stone for the surface of the hearth, but maybe you could use it on the sides and then paint the top. I painted mine.

  28. This is amazing!!! I’ve been looking for a fix for my ugly red brick fireplace for quite some time and this looks so doable!! Thanks for the excellent idea!!

  29. Love this fireplace!! Great job! One question, are you.going to post part 2 of how you did the gray hearth? Im only asking because my fireplace has 4×4 red bricks there and I’m looking for a way to make it smooth like you did so I can paint it! I have 2 fireplaces that are exactly the same so Im looking forward to doing this project! Thank you again!

    1. Hi Bran – Yes, you can use AirStone on exteriors, but you need to use an exterior adhesive, not the AirStone adhesive that is only for interiors.

  30. We just bought a “fancy” house and we aren’t fancy! This might help us with the marble fireplace surround!!! I wonder???

  31. Do you know why Airstone company does not recommend placing this on a horizontal surface, such as the hearth?? I really wanted the hearth and fireplace to match. I can’t find anything on their website as to why they do not recommend this.

    1. Hi Erin – I am not certain, but I think it is because if someone stepped or sat on it, it may break or crack. When it is vertically stacked – it doesn’t get any pressure put on it.

  32. Now that’s a clever solution! So much of what I see on Pinterest is vain or silly. This post makes it worthwhile to wade through the others. Good Work!

  33. OMG! you did an amazing amazing job on your f-place, looks professionally done, its gorgeous! Congrats. This has now inspired me to continue on with my airstone project. LOVE IT!!!

  34. I am thinking about doing the same to mine, but have simple white tiles to cover. How did you paint your hearth? We will be left with tiles on the floor that run flush with our wood flooring. I wondered if I could paint it but your’s looks like you gave it a faux finish. Very impressive!

  35. Love your fireplace makeover! It is gorgeous. I have green, flat, shiny slate-like material around mine – – do you think this product would work or would mine be too slippery?

    1. Hi Dawn – The only surface it won’t work on are surfaces that are exposed to lots of moisture. It works over tile, but to be sure it can’t hurt to rough up the shiny tile a bit with some very coarse sandpaper. This will give the adhesive something to grab on to. Clean off the grit with a tack cloth before applying the AirStone adhesive.

      1. You can use it outside too. In areas where there is moisture or humidity, you need to use a different adhesive. Airstone recommends Loctite PL Premium Construction adhesive for such installations.

        1. Hi Bonnie – Thanks for sharing about the exterior adhesive. I would love to make a BBQ grilling area and bar outside with a stone wall. Oh – the possibilities are endless on how to use AirStone. :)

  36. Great job on the fireplace. My young designer daughter and I will be doing something simular in the very near future. First up – adding some stone to the front of the house, like on the lower half of the pillars in front. One piece of information I can not find is; What are the lengths of the corner piece legs? Again, great job. You give the less adventuresome of us courage.

    1. Thanks Bill –

      I loved working with Airstone – it was so easy. I am looking forward to adding it to the wall above my fireplace now. It will look wonderful on the lower half of pillars and will be a fun dad/designer daughter project :) Once the project is complete – make sure you upload some photos on the Airstone site. The corner pieces are approx. 3″ x 7″.

  37. Fireplace makes the atmosphere hot as well as it also add beauty to the home. You have shared some nice styles of fireplace. Thanks for the share.

  38. Oh, I really love fireplaces. They bring that warm aura in a house aside from really bringing warmth during the winter season. You really did a great job on this. I never thought that one can DIY something like this. This absolutely gives me more courage to do such things on my own. You made it really look so easy, but I suppose it is not. However, it will definitely be worth a try. Thank you.

  39. I NEED an exposed brick wall …. my sanity needs some character in this place!

    I’ve read the info on this product and think it will work, though I do wish they had traditional “red” brick.

    I can’t find a cost for this anywhere though. None of the Lowes in my area carry it, the closest is 3 hours away. I’d like to get an approximate cost.

  40. This looks absolutely fabulous. I would like to try this product on a long wall in our 2nd living area. Not sure if it is lightweight enough for that, but I sure do love the texture!

    1. Hi Vicki – It is lightweight – not like foam lightweight – but still very lightweight. If you live near a Lowes that carries it – you should check out how it feels so you get a better idea if it will work or not on your wall. It looks great on a wall. Check out the videos on the airstone.com site where they show many different applications.

  41. Love the fireplace. Actually got interested in AirStone when planning for a kitchen backsplash. We haven’t started the project yet. Wanted your input on how easy you thought this would be to keep clean in a kitchen environment. Husband is even wanting to consider for shower remodel. Any thoughts???

    1. Hi Brenda –
      It would look great in a kitchen and I think if it wasn’t right behind the stove it would work. The stones feel like real stone and are porous. I am not sure if oil splattered on it – if it would leave a stain or oil mark, even after cleaning it off. I would want to test it first to make sure. I got some adhesive on the front of a few of the stones and it wiped right off, even after being on for a while. I am not sure if it would work in a shower. Outside of it – yes – but not inside – too humid and moist.

    1. Hi Teri –

      Thanks for the pin XO. Do you know that you can add a Pin button to your browser bar if you use Firefox. It lets you pin anything regardless of the website having a pin button or not. It is very easy to add and worth using Firefox :)

  42. Diane! Beautiful job! What an awesome product. I’ve never heard of it, so thanks for the introduction. Definitely something worth checking out! I’m going to include a link back to you in this week’s highlights! ;) Thanks for sharing!

  43. Just what I was looking for!!! We need something for behind/above our cooktop and I think this would work! Thanks for the great tutorial…yours looks fab!

  44. Hey Diane, I have the EXACT same problem, but my fireplace is grey brick and I want stone. I saw that product on a show on HGTV and then saw it at the store, I am seriously considering using it. I think the color was a bit dull when I saw it at the store, maybe the lighting, I love it in your place but I am not going to have white around it like yours. Really cool, I may just have to give it a try!

  45. Hi again!

    Okay, I stopped in Lowe’s today to check it out and I’m sold. Didn’t pull the trigger yet (wanted to talk with Hubs one last time). He did want me to ask you a couple of questions though. First, would you mind sharing the dimensions of your FP (size of firebox opening and overall size of entire FP). Second, did you have a lot of product left over?

    I’m really excited about tackling this over the weekend. Thanks so much for sharing your DIY bravery with us. You’ve given me the confidence to go for it!

    1. Hi Suzy-

      The dimensions of my fireplace: 4′ x 3′. The firebox opening: is 32″ x 27″. I used two boxes. 1 box flat and 1 box corner stones. I did not need the natural edge. I had a few pieces left from each box. 1 bucket of adhesive will be plenty. It is so easy to install – truly like icing cupcakes and cutting a baguette :)

      1. Thanks for answering my questions! Our FP is 4’x6′ – so I purchased one big box and two small boxes of flat. Because of the venting inside our FP box, we won’t be using the corner pieces. Hubs and son are going fishing tomorrow in the AM and I hope to have this project done by the time they return. I’ve prepped all my stone (removed the little “bumps” and laid out my pattern). I’m both nervous and excited.

        I really appreciate all your help with this. Hope mine looks as great as yours when I’m done!

  46. I like your fireplace update Did you use an old window and add shelf brackets for suuport for the screen you show? Looks great!

  47. This looks wonderful! I have a full wall brick fireplace that I hate. You said you want to tackle a whole wall – I can provide! :)

  48. This is amazing- great job! I’m so impressed that it looks so much like real stone and that you did this yourself. Fabulous!

  49. Diane – my husband is going to KILL me. Well, actually he may come after you! If I come to him with ONE more DIY project, I’m toast!! That looks freaking AWESOME! I’ve never seen that at Lowe’s but I’ll be looking for it the next time I’m there! I have black/brown granite 12×12 tiles around mine and looks as crappy as crappy can be!

    Thanks for sharing that!

    1. Hi Jaye-

      Sounds like your husband doesn’t mind doing one or two of the projects you bring him – that makes him a keeper :) Just tell your him that by reading blogs and getting so many DIY project ideas that you are actually saving lots of money – no need to hire a contractor or buy super expensive materials. Maybe he will love you for thinking of the bottom line as you decorate your house into the home of your dreams.

      Right now AirStone is only sold at select Lowes stores. When I first saw it they had a big display with a video on the main aisle. Now it is over on the construction side of the store near the concrete. No display anymore – just the boxes on the shelves.

  50. Your fireplace looks wonderful Diane! And you’re not the only one with a house in your head!

  51. Very cool! I had a faux fireplace at my old house and this would have been a great fixup for it. Unfortunately my new house doesn’t have anything like that. But it was fun seeing your tutorial.

  52. The fireplace looks ah-mazing! What a cool product, and your tutorial is so easy to follow! I think the manufacturers should include a link to your website in their instruction manual. :) Thanks for sharing!

  53. This looks fantastic Diane! I am trying to find a solution to my ‘ugly brown brick fireplace with heater’ as we’re renting! Wonder if I could make a template out of MDF and use Airstone on the MDF for a non permanent facade. Although MDF might not work as heater surround…. Hmmm. Anyway thanks for the tutorial!

    Maddy

  54. *** Just “found” you by “happy accident”~~~~ WOW! You are ONE… TALENTED… DIYer, that’s for SURE!!!

    I’ve been back-reading mannnny of your old blogs and you just amaze me… (A DIYer I am NOT! Dang it all!)…

    ANYhoooo, I signed up to receive your postings by e-mail, and look forward to reading & enjoying your blog even more!

    Thanks and best,

    Linda in AZ *

  55. I just realized I have the same exact fireplace surround as you! Mine has not been painted although I’m toying with the idea….and now toying with the stone idea as well. I don’t like my fireplace I just am not sure exactly what to do with it. Now I can see it’s potential!

  56. This was inspirational! I’m an old dog and I’m learning some new tricks. Thank you for helping me see what is possible. p.s. Every time I see your little picture I think of Patti Lupone and I hear her gorgeous voice belting out a broadway ballad— do other people tell you this or am I the only one ?

  57. Popping in from the Tatertots & Jello link party…and Wow! That is amazing! I don’t have fireplace, but I wonder if I could make a faux one on the wall with this product and hang a mantle…hmmmm…you’ve just inspired me!!!

  58. Diane!!!!

    Your are so “BRAVE”. What a great job and it only took 3 hours? Holy Moly girl…. you are just brilliant. No way could I do that, it would take me 3 weeks to get up enough nerve to try to do this.

    Wow! Spectacular is just one of the many words for now. And most of all, I am happy that you are happy!

  59. that looks crazy-good! i’d love to try that on my mammoth brick fireplace! i have an arched opening so i don’t know if it would be super complicated.

  60. Wonderful post with easy to digest information! I think this is exactly the type of product we have been searching for to reface our fireplace; heading to the manufacture website when I finish here. Since I haven’t seen this at my Lowes maybe we aren’t one of the “select” ones but you’d think someone in driving distance would carry this! Thank you so much for having the same less the purty brick fireplace surround as I do and figuring out **our** solution :) We’ve already built a “wood slipcover” for the mantel and adding moulding above the fireplace but that plain brick was still harshing any design upgrade we came up with.

    Robin
    happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

  61. i have been wanting to do something like this forever…but DH has been resistant–UNTIL NOW! thanks to you and your awesome tutorial, he gave me thumbs up to try this on our boring builder tiled fireplace surround (and, he even agreed to help!). if all goes well, i plan to tackle two large archways in my great room as well! EXCELLENT JOB!! thank you!

  62. Diane,
    You never stop amazing me! Beautiful fireplace!!! You are willing to take a “risk” in trying new ways to achieve what’s in our heads. I commend you!
    Thanks for letting us know about this wonderful product.

  63. Saw your link at addicted2decorating. Love the fireplace makeover! I’ve been thinking about doing something with my brick fireplace too, which is similar to yours. Love the DIY stone that you can cut with a hacksaw!

      1. I love this looks so expensive , I cant seem to findthis in the uk or a cheap enough alternative from usa, you guy have the best stuff and so much more affordable.
        Any help would be amazing.