DIY Faux Concrete Fireplace

The time has finally come for us to share the details on our DIY faux concrete fireplace! This fireplace is up front and center in our living room. We knew we needed to make a big statement and we loved the idea of using an organic texture like concrete. This DIY faux concrete fireplace is extremely budget friendly and fairly easy to pull off! The main material we use to create this faux feather finish is from Ardex. One questions we get asked is “How can I makeover my fireplace”. If that is you, faux concrete is the way to go!

Concrete Fireplace Faux Finish

One questions we get asked is “How can I makeover my fireplace”. If that is you, faux concrete is the way to go!

Materials Needed for Faux Concrete Fireplace:

The Right Tools For DIY faux concrete fireplace:

Step 1 – Prepare the surface

Screw the cement board onto the wood framing. It’s best to run the sheets horizontally and stagger the joints. Cement board is cut with a special cutting knife similar to drywall. The metal Schlueter is placed on the cut ends around the fireplace to give it a clean look. After the cement board is applied proceed to screw metal corner beads on the corners.

DIY Faux Concrete Skimcoat

Step 2 – Apply Joint Tape

Apply mesh joint tape to all the joints and apply a thin later of Ardex feather finish over the tape. This will prevent the joints from cracking. Let this dry for 24 hours.

faux feather finish

Step 3 – Apply Feather Finish

Mix a full bucket of feather finish using the paddle mixer, and follow the instructions on the bag. Pour or scoop concrete into the drywall mud pan and start spreading on the wall. This product will dry very quickly, so it’s best to move fast. I keep a bucket of water and a large sponge close by. Use the damp sponge to gently wipe the surface to help keep the concrete wet while working. This is also a great way to smooth out the concrete.

Ardex feather finish faux concrete

We were able to get it all done in one coat but don’t be scared to apply another coat of feather finish if needed!

faux concrete fireplace with feather finish

If you are building a new home or looking to upgrade your current fireplace this faux feather finish is a great option. Once you master using Ardex Feather Finish you will be ready for a DIY white concrete countertop project!

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