I am in the process of remodeling my fireplace surround. I had envisioned a tile surround and "hearth" with a pillaster and mantle bordering the tile. After getting the old stone and mantle off I find that I have some challenges to deal with.. The lentil and the firebox brick are not flush with the drywall so simply tiling is not going to happen like I hoped. I am looking for some options to deal with the uneven surface and still get the look I want.
I think I may have to build up some brick to create an even surface and then tile over it which will box out the tile a bit.
Any other ideas?