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thefutureofamerica
tiling faux fireplace

Hi all,

I am planning to build an ornamental (as in no fire beyond a candle or two) fireplace in my living room, and I want to face it in subway tile. It's basically going to be a knee wall mounted in front of the existing wall with a salvaged oak mantle over the top. But I really have no constraints on materials/construction to speak of. Given that, what would be the best way to face the knee wall and adhere tile to that facing material?

Thanks for your input!

JLMCDANIEL
Re: tiling faux fireplace

Face it with cement board. excellent for mounting tiles.

Jack

thefutureofamerica
Re: tiling faux fireplace
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

Face it with cement board. excellent for mounting tiles.

Jack

Thanks for your response.

Do I need an underlayment under the cement board like a plywood or OSB or can I mount the cement board directly into the studs of the knee wall? There's never going to be any load to speak of on this, but I just want to make sure I'm providing enough rigidity along the plane of the knee wall to prevent cracking grout down the line.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: tiling faux fireplace

Yes, cement board is brittle and if you hit it it will break. You can use plywood.

Jack

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