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Updating old fireplaces

It was so much easier than I thought it was going to be – and I love how it turned out!

The specific paint I used is a primer and sealer in one and ) Step 1. How to Paint Tile – Easy Fireplace Paint Makeover I hope you enjoyed this tile painting tips post!

Wash the tile before painting to remove any dirt or grease. It’s fresh, bright and I love the white against our gray wall color and the black fireplace insert! My next project is to paint some bathroom accent tile using this same method – I’ll let you know how that goes!

I made up a mixture of 2 cups of warm water and 1 drop of dish detergent in a small plastic container and wiped down the tile with a cotton cloth and the soap mixture.

After cleaning the tile I gave it a final ‘rinse’ and wiped it down with a slightly wet cloth (with just water, no soap) and let it air dry. Tape around the entire tile with the painter’s tape. Paint away using the flat artist brushes and the white tile paint! Each coat dries quickly though so I was able to finish in 2 days. Not completely matte, just a very soft shine – it’s perfect!

I even taped out the hearth tile by applying the tape right onto the carpet! After 1 coat: When the paint has completely dried remove the painter’s tape.

Older fireplaces, found in many homes in Kelowna, were not very efficient or aesthetically appealing.Often, they had little or no mantle and just tile around the fireplace opening.New fireplace units are built with sealed combustion chambers so they don’t require air from inside the building.They also replicate a real wood fire in a much better way.Typically, these fireplaces will easily heat a living or family room space depending upon its size.As you can see in the picture, this particular fireplace was updated with a dry stacked stone product that carried on to the ceiling.The mantle was built to match the kitchen cabinets in the adjacent space.When installing a mantle, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s specs for clearances to combustible materials.New gas fireplaces generally do not require a hearth.In existing homes (as in the ‘before’ picture) there was a tile hearth.To avoid costly hardwood floor repairs it was more cost effective to install a tile that complemented the stone on the fireplace, as was the case here.

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    Remodel Your Fireplace - Replacing a fireplace wall is mostly an aesthetic choice, but if yours is a commanding focal point in your room, then it could be worth the time and effort for an overhaul. Plus, an updated fireplace can also increase resale value. Cost Drywalling over a brick fireplace could run about $1,500.…