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S19 E25: Colors, Fireplace Upgrade

Kevin and Tom travel to Montana to set up an accessible home gym for a Navy SEAL veteran. Mauro shares how to select the right paint color, and Mark updates a fireplace with a stacked stone veneer.

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Host Kevin O’Connor travels to Billings, Montana to meet Bo Reichenbach, a Navy SEAL veteran who was injured during the war in Afghanistan. Bo shares the story of his service with Kevin and discusses the home he built with help from Building for America’s Bravest. Bo is also an American ice sled hockey player, but training to be an olympic athlete in rural Montana can be tough. He has to travel 45 minutes each way to train at a gym in town. Contractor Tom Silva meets up Kevin and Bo to help them set up an accessible home gym.

After, paint expert Mauro Henrique sits down to talk about how he got into painting and what he loves about it. Then, he talks about color: how to choose it and what goes into selecting the right paint color. Mauro shares what colors he likes to use and gives some advice to homeowners when picking paint for a space.

Later, mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner give her concrete fireplace a facelift. When the homeowners moved in, they found a fireplace made out of concrete block without any other finish. While a wood mantle and paint have been added since then, Mark has been called in to upgrade the fireplace even more with some masonry. He chose stacked stone veneer for the fireplace surround and stone slab for the hearth. A manufactured stone veneer is more budget-friendly than natural stone. It's easier to install and gives it the same great look. Mark demonstrates how to apply the stone hearth and the veneer and gives tips along the way.


How to Build an Accessible Home Gym

Ask This Old House general contractor, Tom Silva, and host Kevin O’Connor head to Montana to build an accessible home gym for a Navy SEAL injured in the war in Afghanistan.


Celebrating Craftsmanship: The Principles of Painting

Ask This Old House painting expert, Mauro Henrique, sits down to talk about how he got into painting and what he loves about it. He then talks about color—how to choose it and what goes into selecting the right paint color. Mauro shares what colors he likes to use and gives some advice to homeowners when picking paint for a space.


How to Install Stacked Stone Veneer on a Fireplace

Ask This Old House mason, Mark McCullough, helps a homeowner update her concrete block, wood burning fireplace with a stacked stone veneer and a slab of stone.

Where to find it?

Mark installed a stacked stone veneer by Eldorado Stone in the color “Chapel Hill,” with Type S mortar and an adhesive bonding agent, all of which were provided by Sansoucy Stone.

For the hearth material, Mark installed a slab of bluestone, which he got from Cavicchio Greenhouses.

The other tools and materials required for this project, including the masonry drill, wire mesh, and masonry hammer, can all be found at home centers.

Original Air Date: May 30 2021 Season 19; Ep.25 23:42


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