A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

I’m on Fire (in a sense)!

Here’s one last look at the stone veneer fireplace that I’ve been wanting to demolish as long as the bathroom tile (almost eight loooooooong years).


Since we have the Bagster ready to go for the bathroom, it made the most sense to me to fill it up as much as possible — and what better way to fill it up than with fireplace façade debris?!

I wasn’t sure how easy/difficult it would be to remove the stone, so I wanted to test it out before the weekend. First I removed the mantel from the short end.


I’ve always known that this veneer is cemented to Durock that is attached to 2×4 framing, so no big surprise here.


With my trusty chisel, chipping away at the top released the stone from the mesh pretty easily. Others are a little more difficult and requires chipping from all different angles.

It only took about an hour (plus a bruised finger from whacking it with a hammer) to remove most of one side.




I anticipate that the top section will be a little more difficult and painstaking because it will be harder to access. Once the demo is done, there will (eventually) be plaster work to do in order to smooth out the textured walls that were covered by the stone. We were pretty much forced to cover the texture way back when — because there were so many cracks it would have been very difficult to match the original texture.

In any case, gonna be a busy, happy demo weekend!


  1. Morgan Culture on March 27, 2015 at 10:51 am

    OMG!! You’re finally going for it! SO- what’s the plan that you ultimately decided on? 🙂

  2. Jennifer on March 27, 2015 at 11:42 am


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