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Unread 09-10-2008, 09:56 AM   #1
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Refacing brick fireplace with tile

Hi Everyone,
You all gave me such great advice when tiling my backsplash I'm here for more help. I'm thinking about tackling our fireplace. I'd really like to update the look by adding tile, a mantle and cabinets, so let me ask about tiling.
I haven't decided yet if I wnat to go with ceramic/porcelin or granite tiles. I have done lots of reading on it but have one question that never seems to be answered...how do you dealing with the edging? We have a raised hearth so even with a mantle edging will be exposed. Without having to polish up the edges, how do you do a 90 angle and make it pretty? I must be missing something here because I see so many pics of tiled hearths and they look fine.
Here's what I'm starting with (space to right of fireplace is empty caused I moved some furniture ofr the pic).


I'm sure I'll be asking more questions as we finalize plans too, so thanks for any info!

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Unread 09-10-2008, 02:12 PM   #2
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If ceramic, you can miter them use edge transition strips[think they look tacky], or bullnose.

If stone, I would cut everything to fit and send out the ones where the edges need polishing, no mitering needed.

The best look would be to wrap the whole brick enclosure with a nice mantle molding, so all you have to tile is the face and hearth.

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Unread 09-11-2008, 06:34 AM   #3
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but I would still have to tile before adding the mantle right? And then just measure out where I need to tile to?
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Unread 09-11-2008, 09:30 AM   #4
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Yes, pre-made mantle surrounds would be added after the tile, covering up the vertical edges. A matching piece of stained wood approx. 4" wide could be used to wrap the hearth. So no polished edges required there either.

Do a Google search on "fireplace mantles" for 1,000's to choose from.

Another way to do it, Nadine, is to back-miter the corner tiles, using grout along the edge.

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Unread 09-12-2008, 06:39 AM   #5
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Is mitering something that can be easily done with a rented tile saw and limited tile experince?
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Unread 09-18-2008, 04:15 PM   #6
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cost of tiling fireplace?

With many projects going on right now, I'm not sure I'll have time to tile the fireplace myself. What would be a typical estimate for a job like this? Tiling over brick with just basic tiles, nothing fancy.
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Unread 09-18-2008, 04:45 PM   #7
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depending on the area you are in (state ?, city ?) you might find a good tile guy to do the labor for $200 to $400.

that's also depending on the tile (material) used.
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