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Old 02-03-2011, 05:34 PM   #1
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Installing Stone Veneer Over Tile (see pic)

My wife has become become obsessed with doing something about our tile fireplace (see pic). It actually doesn't bother me too much. Anyway, she would like to do some sort of stone veneer. I would rather not go through the process of removing the old tile, as I imagine that I would tear up the trim and mantle in the process and since this is our family room I would like to keep the process as simple as possible.

Does anyone have advice about putting stone veneer over tile like this? What would I do with the tiled portion of the floor?

Any advice is much appreciated.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:24 PM   #2
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Why don't you just have her institutionalized?


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Old 02-03-2011, 06:37 PM   #3
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:46 PM   #4
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What kind of stone vernier?--I'm still laughing---sorry--

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Maybe you can talk her into just painting or refinishing the trim. Let her pick a color that will make that tile really pop.
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I would think you would have a very difficult time adhering some stone to the tile. I would suggest buying a multi tool that would allow you to easily remove the tile. You would have to break one of the tiles up for a starting point, but then you could use the multi tool to remove the rest. Clean the existing grout off and then reapply the new grout/adhesive for the stone work. product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_quantity_sold |1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Oscillating%2BTools_42948 07784_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr |0||p_product_quantity_sold|1&facetInfo=Oscillatin g%20Tools
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She would probably want to change the padded walls of her cell in the institution...

We'd be looking at some kind of thin faux stone, something like this product from StoneCraft which is available at Lowe's ( It would have to be something thin enough so that it could cover the floor tiles and not be so tall as to obstruct the fireplace. I've read a little about doing this, and while I would feel comfortable installing the stone on a bare wall, I'm not sure that I feel comfortable, or if it is even reasonable for me to try, on a tile fireplace surround.

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You can use any faux stone you choose. Scuff the existing tile and install the new faux stone using modified thinset tile mortar. Same goes for the hearth. Retile it (hearth) or find a suitable contrasting stone to use. this one is real easy.
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Agreed - use thin set and that stone won't budge.
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Curious how your project went as my wife wants me to do the same thing to our fireplace. Did you only use thinset on top of the tile? Is the stone holding solid? (using Coronado stone from lowes)
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For our exterior and interior stone veneer, we put a layer of thinset on the plywood, then welded wire mesh, then attached the stone veneer with more thinset - I assume you would do the same over tile.


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