We bought our house when Tuscany was an adjective for decor and not a region in Italy. Tuscany was the Farmhouse style of the early to mid-2000s. We thought it would be around forever and painted every wall in shades of brown and embraced granite tiles! In fact, our home has 12″x12″ tiles on almost every flat surface including fireplaces and counter tops. Let that be a warning to ship lap.
One of the many things we loved about our house was the fireplaces. The finished basement had a dual sided fireplace. It was like the “2-for 1” special of fireplaces.
But with 12×12 tiled square surrounding the fireplaces, it was time for a fireplace update. We opted to start with the basement fireplace because if we screwed it up fewer non-family members would see the fireplace fail in the
We decided to take on this project ourselves when my husband found this product at Home Depot. For convenience, we ordered a pallet and had it shipped to our driveway. We chose 6″ x 24″stacked stone panels because they were easier to handle, cut and apply.
Before we get to the pretty pictures we used backer board as the base. The backer board was easy to apply with screws and it can be cut with a table saw.
We used it to cover over the niches above both fireplaces.
Because of the arch above the fireplace, we added 1×2 boards to secure the backer board. We used a stone application Thinset to adhere the stacked stone panels to the backer board.
Here’s the before and after:
This fireplace update was a weekend project from start to finish. I love the look and the results were impressive. We went with a dark gray, slate with subtle “whitewash.” Both sides have the same stacked stone, but the lighting between both rooms shows the contrast. And, one of the fireplaces has a ping pong table in front of it!
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