Updating the Fireplace with Tile

When we first moved into our Blue House, the fireplace looked like this:

Fireplace Before at BetweenWeekdays.com

Super pretty right? That’s the photo we took right after we took possession of the house back in December 2012.

Not too long after moving in, we beefed up the trim and the mantle supports and painted it all black. We also removed that weird little shelf to the side of the fireplace.

Black Fireplace at BetweenWeekdays.com

The black was a huge step for me, but now we have tons of black-painted accents in our home. This was just the jumping off point, and I love it.

While we had our master bathroom tile work done, I asked them to add tile to the area below that mantle. I had purchased two sheets of this tile two years ago at Lowe’s. I knew I’d eventually get around to having it installed.

Fireplace tile at BetweenWeekdays.com

I’d say this is much, much improved. Wouldn’t you?

Here’s a close up of the tile:

Fireplace tile at BetweenWeekdays.com

I know the colors aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m in love! The men who installed the tile were nervous about getting the cuts and the pattern just right since it had to be pieced together in some sections. Apparently glass tiles are difficult to cut, but these guys were pros and had it installed and grouted in what seemed like no time.

To date, this is one of my favorite makeovers in our house!

TDC Before and After

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