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Has anyone EVER seen this before?? Help!!
Steve Miller
January 28, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I need help - not sure if there is any way to fix the mortar- Also, check out this ceiling!
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kimdee24
Wow, it's interesting fireplace week on Houzz! And what a crazy ceiling texture, I've never seen anything like it. Wow!
January 28, 2013 at 7:13PM     
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carolannr
Looks like the person doing that just didn't want to rent the texturing gun! Its obviously done with a splash brush and loose drywall mud. I even seen it before when a DIY homeowner wanted a chesp shortcut to cover his bad drywall seams!
January 28, 2013 at 7:22PM   
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onthefence
I do have to say that's kind of a neat fireplace. The chains hanging off the right side are a little alarming though!

It looks like someone already tried to fix the mortar on the hearth portion.

I agree with kdeley - it's interesting FP week here!
January 28, 2013 at 7:25PM   
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Darzy
Holy Smokes! Yes, interesting fireplace week! Except for the mortar part, I actually like the shape. :) That ceiling? Nope, haven't seen anything like it before. Scrap that off! lol This could be a really "cool" place.
January 28, 2013 at 7:31PM   
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Steve Miller
Planning on putting new drywall on ceiling and installing a bonfire style gas log set into fireplace - just hoping I can chisel the mortar off - BTW, the green rug is going too!
January 28, 2013 at 7:35PM   
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Darzy
For the fireplace...how about a thin wood veneer rich wood tone wrapped around the top and bottom? But, do leave the brick ledge? Or, wrap copper top/bottom? Very cool.
January 28, 2013 at 7:38PM     
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onthefence
Curiosity is killing me though...what IS with the chains on the right?
January 28, 2013 at 7:40PM   
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Steve Miller
The chains control the flue - Actually the brick, heavy chain & ceiling make for a very gothic atmosphere
January 28, 2013 at 7:43PM   
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Darzy
Do you want to keep the Gothic look - updated? What style would you like to go? Cuz, I'm thinking modern. On the brick wall, cover with a 3D wall panel and everything else smooth sheetrock. IF you smooth out the mortar/FP round.


January 28, 2013 at 7:46PM   
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Brooke Olson
I love Darzy's idea of the veneer on the top and bottom. And bring back the mid-century feel in the room. Love it...reminds me of my grandparents mid century remodel in their florida bungalow.
January 28, 2013 at 7:46PM     
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lefty47
HI -- So true I have never seen so many interesting fireplaces , as this week . This one is a hum dinger ! That ceiling is terrible , I think there might be bats in there . Anyway , I think you should keep the style of the fireplace but maybe have it rebuilt , that's the only way. They use to do that sqwished morter in the 60's , I think they use to call it the California look .But that ceiling will have to be torn down and new drywall put up . You never mentioned the carpet , but I hope that is going to go also.
January 28, 2013 at 7:51PM     
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bethanne1
What could the chains have supported?
January 28, 2013 at 7:51PM   
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14thstreet
I've seen that ceiling texture a few times. Around here they call that sort of application cal-coat and it is a different process and material than drywall and mud. Unless your walls are regular drywall and texture, this may be throughout the entire house. It is extremely durable and tough, with sound deadening qualities. In certain regions it is quite popular, but not known in most. Unfortunately the only way to remove it is to start over. If it is indeed cal-coat it is a VERY hard material...I would imagine it would be less work to put a new ceiling in than to try and sand it.
January 28, 2013 at 7:52PM   
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Steve Miller
Carpet IS going - Love the veneer idea! We have been planning on going with the re-clammed wood, restoration hardware look -
January 28, 2013 at 7:54PM   
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Ironwood Builders
Back home in Indiana we called that ceiling texture "stomp". It was/is loose drywall mud squished onto the ceiling with a big double brush... Generally done by tract builders to save $$ on finishing.
January 28, 2013 at 8:12PM   
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mmilos
The ceiling has gotta go. I like your fireplace and Darzy's veneer idea.

I'd gladly swap my "California" indoor fire pit fireplace for your "California" fireplace. ;) Unfortunately mine would be harder to veneer without making bigger.
January 28, 2013 at 8:48PM   
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onthefence
That makes sense about the chains. Thank you ;-)

There are some great ideas here and you've got a great starting point. Can't wait to see where you go with this.
January 28, 2013 at 8:49PM   
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Jefferson Park Collection
That Fireplace is HOT! I used live in the San Fernando Valley in the late 70's. Reminds me of all the parties I went too and the houses that had fireplaces like that.
January 28, 2013 at 10:13PM   
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Dee Gould
I have no idea about fireplace however I must say..this hse must have some amazing features...I would never have gotten pass the fireplace before heading back out the door! ceiling...awful...drywall over...good luck w/ all
January 29, 2013 at 8:21AM   
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Steve Miller
hse?
January 29, 2013 at 8:30AM     
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By Design EK
I like the idea of covering the brick if you can in this case. It is very heavy feeling but I love the rounded fireplace. I would tile over it if possible, a meshed tile would be easiest to curve. Love the ceiling texture, just kidding it made me laugh like stalagtites, definitely someones crazy idea and I am sure getting rid of it and the green carpet will help see the space in a whole new light! Good luck!
January 29, 2013 at 8:41AM   
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nasmijati
The mortar on the fireplace is called "weeping mortar," and was popular in the early to mid 1960s. I like the unusual shape of the fireplace. Could you get a consultation from a mason on repointing it?
I am sure there must be a more attractive way to operate the chimney flue.
January 29, 2013 at 11:50AM   
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Steve Miller
Thanks eztia - that really helped me find more info and to see how other people removed it!
January 29, 2013 at 12:15PM   
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nasmijati
Glad I could help. Will you post progress photos? This will be fun to watch!
January 29, 2013 at 12:56PM   
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Anna Rafdahl
That fireplace is very interesting and could be incredible! How about covering it with glass tile, a more modern approach. Even copper would be cool Good luck
January 29, 2013 at 1:04PM   
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