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help me give my fireplace a make-over

Posted by needanap (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 19, 07 at 0:18

We have a working wood fireplace which is surrounded by handpainted ceramic tiles with birds on them (came with the house). They are sweet, but not particularly my taste, and do not go with the room at all. The other thing that bugs me is the shiny brass doors. Everything else in the room is kind of Ralph-Lauren like, with lots of earth tones and wood. I want to make the fireplace more rustic and earthy, but without a huge hassle or expense. My designer recommended removing the brass doors, using a fireplace screen instead, and covering the tiles with granite (which I think is too shiny) or other ceramic tile, and leaving the mantle alone. My DH is afraid of drafts unless we have tight fitting fireplace doors. I don't know if that is a valid concern or not. I also want to get your opinion about what type of tile to use, (or if you think the birdies are just too precious to cover up). Any ideas would be welcome.
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Shown below are some tile suggestions from my designer, just to show a few examples which I don't love, and the bottom pic shows a lovely Honey Onyx tile on the left (I would use just large tiles, not the mosaic), and a random tumbled stone pattern on the right. I love the idea of a stone fireplace/hearth, but do you think it will look funny with the white mantle? (I'm not opposed to painting it, but do not want to rip it out.) And then there is the question of what to put on the floor in front of the fireplace. More small tiles, or a large slab of something?

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RE: help me give my fireplace a make-over

If you keep the damper shut, the doors [or lack thereof] probably won't matter much. You could try refinishing them with a stovepaint. Comes in more colors than it used to, and even if it went badly it would be better than the shiney brass [IMO].

For the surround, you could use soapstone or an unpolished marble tile. Granite comes in a honed finish, but I've never seen it in tile [never really looked, either].

RE: help me give my fireplace a make-over

The granite surround look is very trendy right now. If you don't like shiny, ask your designer about honed granite or unpolished stone. I would match the floor with whatever look you are doing on the surround, either slab or tile. You might like travertine or Jerusalem stone both are light neutrals.

They have stove spray paint in black if you want to try that to cover the brass. You can order custom fit screens for a tight fit.

RE: help me give my fireplace a make-over

Just my 2 cents I like the gray slate choice. The picture above the fireplace is very nice but too large for the space.

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