How do you apply airstone brick on fireplace wall with a mantel?

by Mne28760313

I am wanting to apply the airstone brick, that looks like stackedstone on my fireplace and up the wall. I have an existing mantel there , and want to know if I should remove it, and how to do so. The airstone will go around fireplace ( gas insert ) and up the wall to the ceiling. The pictures are from the internet that i attached. The look I want , and how my set up is now. I will not be putting a TV above fireplace though.

This is the stone look I want .... all the way up the wall. I will not put my TV up there.

This is basically what my fireplace and mantel is now. Mine is all white though, but exact mantel surround.

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