(here's a pic of the completed fireplace and chinking)
Next we covered the tar paper with metal lathe.
Then I began rough fitting the stones and laying them in a pattern on the floor
before we actually set them in place with cement.
(3 years of work and this is the only pic of me working???)
Next came a thin layer of cement over the lathe
We "scored" /cut lines into the cement while it was wet to give it a rougher finish,
which should help the stones adhere to it easier.
One by one, each stone was given a scoop of cement of the back and fit into place
We were completely finished installing all of the stones in place except one last red stone that my husband had held aside for the top center. He installed that last red stone and we took a step back to admire our work. We were quite pleased with the results.
....it happened, that last red stone fell. It broke quite a few stones on the bottom hearth and destroyed my perfect pattern.
After I quit crying, we removed the broken stones and began to try to fill in the spaces with other stones. We finished it, but it will never be quite right, in my opinion.
The joints between the stones were filled in with cement,
the excess cement was gently brushed off of the stones and this project was left to dry.
We thoroughly enjoy the fireplace, despite the stone mishap.
We'll be cuddling up by it tonight, probably watching a Christmas movie!
Is it too soon for Christmas movies?
Shhh, I had Christmas music on last night while cooking.
'til next time,