Home Improvement Project Finished - Photo Added.

Home Improvement Project Finished - Photo Added.

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  • Yep, should use lighter colored grout.

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  • Nope, it looks good with the granite and the rocks.

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    Thumbs up Home Improvement Project Finished - Photo Added.

    OK, this is about as off-topic as it gets...

    I'm helping my parents with a home improvement project this weekend. We're remodeling their fireplace. We already put the black granite on the bottom, and cemented artificial rock to the vertical surface. Now we're putting grout between the rocks.

    The question is, is this grout too dark?



    Have to make a decision soon before it dries. Thanks

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    I voted for a lighter grout. I'm thinking maybe a gray.
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    If you are talking about the dark grout in the lower part the answer is yes it is way too dark. The Grey colored grout up higher looks much better. Just my opinion.

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    Thanks for the input.

    Anyone else?

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    I total agree with your wife LOL
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    It seems a little dark, but with the black base...it may work...it's what you get used to...search the i-net for fireplace coblestone finish work...
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    Go lighter the black is way to dark!!
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    OK, thanks guys, pulling it out and going with lighter grout.

    Thread can be closed now.

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    Show us the finshed product when you're done!
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    The black grout looks very unnatural to that particular stone color. The jet black grout overpowers the stone.

    Go with a medium warm brown/gray.

    There is no need to attempt to match the grout line color with the black Granite slab.

    Not when attempting to do that creates an effect that totally goes against a natural "stone wall" look.

    You can tie the vertical plane in with the black Granite slab by spray painting the fireplace insert with a mid gloss black high heat paint.
    It is natural and accepted for Iron to be black.

    Also...try not to finish your grout so perfectly smooth.

    You can start out making by making your grout smooth like that but, then quickly go back and trowel in some higher grout swipes with a butter knife that you have ground flat at the end.

    It's called "controlled imperfection" and it looks much more primitive & pioneer than perfectly smooth grout lines and doing that will help to create some natural shadow lines in the grout which will give you visual variations in the grout coloration by taking advantage of light & shadow.
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    Finished.

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    So it was a four-weekend project, but I helped my parents (who live just a few minutes away) to remodel their fireplace as part of their preparations to sell their house and move south (real south, Panama or Costa Rica south).

    I couldn't find a "before" picture. It was a big brick hearth to start with.

    The first step was to take measurements and have slabs of black granite fabricated to go on the hearth and inside the "wood box". The brick hearth was far too "bumpy" (some bricks were much higher than others) to put the granite on directly, so we built a "dam" around the hearth and poured self-leveling compound (cement mix with the consistency of a milkshake, basically) to bring it up to level. This took a full day and two "pours" to get right.



    Concrete drying. You can see the dam, and the brick surface before the rocks. There are identical bricks under the concrete


    Granite in place.



    Finished. The grout color we chose is obviously much lighter than the original one, which you can see in the first post, above.

    The wooden plank and molding on top were cut from a maple tree that fell in my parent's yard. It was planed and then hand-sanded and finished with tung oil.

    My parents did most of the detail work, I just helped with the "heavy lifting" of mixing/pouring concrete and putting up rocks.

    For those that are wondering, that's an original Woodstock poster above the fireplace, a few signed guitar pickguards, and a signed BB King photo on the sides. Can you tell my parents are ex-hippies?

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    Looks really good.
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    Looks Great! You got it. ------->
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