Thursday, August 21, 2008

Uh oh.

This could be a problem...I may have developed a new obsession today. I decided a long time ago I wanted to redo the tile on our master bedroom fireplace. We picked out the tile when we built the house, but it's always bothered me. It had a peachy tone that drove me nuts...

I thought it would be a relatively cheap project. But after looking into it I realized it had the potential of costing hundreds of dollars, even though only about 20 square feet of tile was needed. The tiles I found (I was looking for something unusual) were going to end up at $600 or more.

So I took another trip to trusty Lowes and found just what I wanted. A tumbled stone in small mosiac squares -- it had all the colors in it that I wanted and I found slate tile to go on the hearth that worked perfectly with it. Total cost was $90 for the mosiac tiles and $22 for the slate.

I was going to try to do the project myself but my father-in-law insisted -- he is an expert at it (used to do it for a living) and I was happy to have him do it. They did the work today and I am THRILLED with the result:

Ohhhh my goodness, I am so excited. They will grout it tomorrow and then in a week I can seal it. Sealing makes it look like it's wet and makes all of the colors even deeper and prettier.
Problem is, I'm looking all over the house to find places I can tile now. I have extra scrapes of the mosiac tile and I am dying to use it somewhere! I think our foyer may be an upcoming project now that I've seen the difference tile can make. I think I may be able to do it myself too. This is not good! :)


  1. Hey girl - I'm sorry I'm always commenting. I LOVE what you did to your fireplace, though. What a perfect solution! Careful you don't start tiling everything is the house though :). I know those projects can become addictive.

  2. I am new to your blog and i love the things you do!! Your fireplace is gorgeous and as I scrolled down and fell in love withyour bathroom, I had a thought... Why not do a backsplash with that same tile over that sink wher the chair rail ended, about 4-6 inches tall?
    I love to decorate and am also working on doing some window abuse. Will try to post some pix once I get a new camera-mine sucks!

  3. You can come and tile my FP! It's a project I think we are doing this fall.
    Your blog is great, Saucy!

  4. WOW!! This looks wonderful!! I did just see something very similar done on HGTV!! You are a very good shopper!! Hugs, Terrie

  5. Very, very beautiful! I'm onlymehere from RMS and I heard about you through Terrie's Little Piece of Serenity. Glad she lead me to your site, it's wonderful! Cindy

  6. I came here on Terrie's advice. She was right. And I'm glad I followed her advice and visited your blog. I look at pictures from a few years ago and cringe too. I guess a lot of it has to do with what's stylish at the time. I love before and after things and your after pictures are definitely a great improvement on the before. I especially like the fireplace. How lucky you are to have an expert install the tiles for you.

  7. I followed a link from Terrie's blog. What a nice place you have. Love your decorating style and the fireplace turned out great!

  8. Girl you are always finding something new to do...this is my favorite by far! Awesome job!

  9. Question about this fireplace retile. I am really thinking of doing this with my family room (large white marble tiles) Did they have to take the FP off to retile. Please let me know.


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