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condoowner

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Hello fellow HRT members!

I need to finish my fireplace box (envelope or whatever its called) which I was supposed to be finished almost 2 years ago (!!!!) and this community has a lot to offer so I figured why not asking! The unfinished look is getting old and on my nerves...

The box consists in concrete boards (5/8in thick) supported by a steel structure made from steel studs. Its pretty sturdy and structurally sound.

I am wondering how to finish it. I am after a modern look, so anything rustic/traditional wont match the rest of the condo unit.

Any suggestions on how you would finish this thing? Looking forward to seeing what you guys/gals are thinking!

Cheers!

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bud16415

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I’m not one for ascetic design elements, but I would say you have the basic modernistic design right there now.

Finish off the surfaces with some skim coats and paint it to match the walls.
 

condoowner

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I suppose I can find a lightweight concrete that once mixed could be put on the concrete box to finish it up smoothly? Then perhaps a concrete sealant could be applied so its not perpetually dusty and easy to stain. Is there such thing?
 

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The "firebox" is inside the fireplace, where the fire actually happens. This would be the fireplace surround. You could go with a stucco finish, or large stone tiles. A polished black granite would look contemporary. Stacked faux stone would look modern as well.

http://mistones.com/mistones_media/biz/286/inst/absolute-black-granite-fireplace-surrounds-805497.jpg


http://www.anticoelements.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Edited-Antico-fireplace-project.jpg

http://st.houzz.com/fimgs/e1e168750f96eded_6557-w380-h380-b0-p0--modern-fireplaces.jpg

Do a search on contemporary or modern fireplaces for more ideas.
 

Elizabeth Lynn

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I think some stone tiles would look great and add some elegance and a rustic feel to your room. You have many different options though. You can even just paint it a dark brown to blend it in with your walls.
 

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You could even give it a faux paint finish if you want to keep the cost down.
 
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