you must be a strapping fella! I have considered it, but it's cemented to the foundation to either side of the fireplace and I'm concerned about damaging the foundation or chimney base...Also, I'm not sure if there's enough pizza on the planet to get our teens to do this one. I had hoped to cover it completely. The stones are far too big for the room (some are 16"x16"). I've torn off the big thick mantles that were on top - both sides drop under windows, and am thinking about thinner maple over the tinted finish - plaster/cement/??? (whatever I end up using!).