I kinda hate my fireplace.
I’ve never actually used it for fire, unless candles count, and the tile is UGLY.
It’s icky, there’s really no way to describe it. And once I painted the living room gray it stood out like a sore thumb.
So I did some research by reviewing these tutorials:
After picking up my paint and taping off the edges I got to work. First up I used some leftover beige grout from the bathroom tiles and filled in some gaps in the brown grout. After cleaning that up I started with the first layer using this white latex primer from Zinsser:
The bottom was much harder, both to keep the dogs off and to stopping the dog hairs from messing up my white paint. Even after 3 coats it wasn’t quite perfect.
Now, the tutorials were very clear that you should use a water-based polycrylic to protect the tile. And using an oil-based primer would turn the tiles yellow.
Yeah, I was stuck with streaky, yellow protective finish.
So I busted out the sand paper and did another layer of primer and decided to leave it for now.
Here’s what it looked like when I was “done”
Even if I’m the only one who will ever see it.
So I picked up this plastic quarter round primed white and cut it with my hand saw to fit. Using clear liquid nails I glued it in place and secured the quarter round with painter’s tape.
Of course it was messy and took forever which begs the question “why not just re-tile?” Well, because tile is expensive. And messy. And even more time consuming.
Did you notice that the mirror also got an upgrade? I’ll share that soon!