Deer season is over and I’m ready to tackle some house projects! I love hunting and fishing but I also love to paint stuff and give things a quick and easy update! Our fireplace is surrounded by a mantel and cultured marble. It’s kinda boring to me and I wanted to give it a rustic flare. I admit I don’t know how to rip out a fireplace and I figured it would be cheaper if I could just paint it or put something over it. So I found a tile that looks like stacked stone but isn’t too thick and I could easily work with it. It’s called Oxide Ledgestone Natural Stone and is good for indoor or outdoor use.
I gathered all the supplies I needed and had to sand down the cultured marble. Cultured Marble is man-made and its finished off with a clear coat. I sanded down most of the clear coat to give it a rough surface so the tile and mortar would stick. I ended up having to do this project in 3 phases. First phase was Saturday, I put up most of the tile that I could that didn’t need support. The second phase, my husband and I had to build a support shelf out of 2×4’s so I could put the tile up across the top and keep it in place without it sliding. I added shims between the tile and support shelf to keep it flush to the mantel. I placed one row of tile and let it dry over night. In the third phase, we cut off about 2 inches of the legs on the support shelf in order for me to lay one more row of tile strips under the first set. Again, I added shims to keep it flush to the first row of tile. We let that dry over night and was able to remove the support shelf and clean up!
We are pleased with the outcome! It was a quick DIY project and we are happy we did it. What do you think?