How to remove slate rock from fireplace Or, can I just plaster over i?

by Denise
  8 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 14, 2018

    You can build a frame over the slate rock and then drywall.

  • Denise Denise on Aug 14, 2018

    I have zero skills! I saw an hgtv show where the jack hammered it off, then stuccoed the fire place. I was hoping I could just slather something over it-smooth it out and paint it. Guess I’m out of my league. 🤪 thx for the input, though!

  • Ana Bacallao Ana Bacallao on Aug 20, 2018

    I think it would be hard to slather cement or any other material and make it all smooth and even. I go with the idea of covering it with the special dry wall that you can use near fire, can't think fo the name, and then paint or do whatever you want. BTW, my fireplace is covered in river rocks and I love it.

  • Denise Denise on Aug 21, 2018

    I love river rock fireplaces,too. I also like my

    slate fireplace. It just seems that all decorators say it’s too outdated and needs to go! I’m 67- maybe I’m outdated and need to be resurfaced! Ha ha

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 02, 2024

    Get it done or removed by proffesionals, much cleaner and quicker than doing it yourself when you have no experience or tools to do the job well!

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 02, 2024

    Hi Denise, hope this helps you. You can easily remove the stone with a chisel and a pry bar.,do%20it%20on%20your%20own.

  • It's undoubtedly messy to remove stone veneer off an accent wall or fireplace. I'll proceed with the plan of painting it or doing anything you want after covering it with the particular dry wall that you may use near fire. I can't think of a term for it though.

  • Janice Janice on Jan 03, 2024

    I would find a person who does stucco work and ask them if your idea is feasible. Seems to me (who has never stuccoed anything) you could screw chicken-wire to the fireplace and then stucco. A good stuccoer would be able to make short work of it and would have the tools, know how to appropriately mix the stucco, and be able to do it....usually two layers.