I have a disused concrete fireplace that I want to brighten up a bit.
The house is a victorian terrace. The room is on the first floor. The
chimney was blocked off some time ago. The fireplace is concrete and is
flush with the floorboards so the previous owner just carpeted over it.
We are going to expose the floorboards so the concrete fireplace would
look unsightly. I want to tile the fireplace but I want to keep it
flush with the floorboards. Can I chip out the concrete and lay tiles
on top but flush with the floorboards? If this would not work does
anyone have any other ideas?
Yes, you could certainly chip it out, and you would have to if you wanted to
put tiles in that were flush with the original surface. But you'll find it
very difficult to chip it out. You'd probably be better off to sledge hammer
the whole hearth out and relay concrete a bit thinner.
It would probably be very difficult if not impossible to reduce the depth of
the concrete by chipping it out, it is likely to break up completely. As the
fireplace is in a first floor room you find that this concrete hearth is
resting on some of the brickwork that forms part of the chimney breast in
the room below. If so, you may be able to lift the hearth out completely
then make good to a depth that allows the tiles to be laid flush with the
floor boards. If you can lift a floorboard adjacent to the hearth this might
let you see what the hearth is resting on and whether you can lever it out.
If not, you may have to try breaking it up without damaging the brickwork
below or the surrounding floorboards.
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