Monday, July 7, 2014

{diy} fireplace remodel

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Shawn and my list of home improvement projects seems to grow with each HGTV show we watch. About a week ago, we started talking about remodeling our fireplace. Because we're instant-gratification people, Shawn texted me at work on Thursday and told me he decided to demo all the old tile. Needless to say, we made the most of our three-day, holiday weekend.

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grout float
water bucket
level and tape measure
wet saw
towels {this project is messy, or at least it was for us}

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Day 1: We laid the floor tiles. We selected a 12x12 Greecian white marble tile. Natural stone varies so much in color and pattern that it took me longer to figure out where to place each tile, in order to get the flow just right, than it did to lay the tiles.

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Day 2: We tiled the wall, using 3x6 Greecian white marble subway tile.

Tip: Start from the bottom and work you way up. We started in the middle on top to make sure that the tiles were center on the fireplace. It became a problem when we started tiling on the sides, because the tiles were sliding down the wall. Hence the makeshift T-square on the right side, while I was furiously tiling on the left.

Also, it turns out that I'm much better with a trowel than Shawn is. However, he's a pro with the wet saw.

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Tip: Lay out all the tile to see the different colors and patterns of all the tile, in order to create the look you're going for and not have too much of the same color or pattern in any particular area. I laid out all 16 boxes of subway tile prior to tiling the wall. We only ended up using 12 boxes of subway tile {there were 8 tiles in each box}.

Tip: Buy more tile than you need. Again, natural stone varies in color and pattern so much, that it's great to have a lot of tiles to choose from to create the right look. Plus, it's nice to have extra tiles in case you mess up cuts.

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Day 3: After letting the tiles set for at least 24 hours, we finished up with bright white grout. The grouting turned out to be the messiest part of the project because grout is watery and gritty. I definitely recommend putting down towels for this part if you're tiling around flooring you're keeping. Shawn and I are getting new carpet on Thursday, so we weren't too concerned about getting the adhesive or grout on our carpet.

We are going to put a fresh coat of paint on the black casing around the fireplace {read: cover up the spots we got adhesive and grout on it}, and I'm still trying to figure out the decor on the mantel, but overall, we love how this fireplace remodel turned out, and quite proud of our first attempt at tiling.  Not including the wet saw that we decided to buy vs rent, we completed this project for about $200, and it really brightened up our living room and updated the look of our fireplace.  

So, what do you think? Have you ever tiled before?


Because of Jackie said...

Oh, it looks AWESOME! I love the white subway tiles and how pretty and fresh it looks!

Krystal R. said...

That looks great!! Good job to you guys!

Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

It looks soooo good!!!

Margaret said...

This looks amazing!! Awesome work :)

Renee said...

This looks great Holly! You're such a lil' handyman! ;)

Jess said...

Your fireplace looks fabulous!Love it!

Ericka said...

LOVE the way this turned out! So bright and fresh! Looks like way more than a $200 job :)

Brianne Bracco said...

Wow! You go DIYers!! It looks fabulous!

Anonymous said...

What a transformation! Looks amazing!

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

It is stunning! Can't believe that was a DIY!

Whitney Alison said...

That looks so great!!! Look at you HGTVers you!

Anonymous said...

looks really good. love the subway tiles!

Melissa {Persnickety Plates} said...

I love it! I'm pinning for my someday-maybe-wheneverwesellthishouse board :)

Mary said...

Wow! Nice job!! Looks amazing!

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