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Old 02-25-2010, 09:58 PM   #1
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Hello all! My first post here.....

Over the past 6 years we have done countless improvements to our small home. Over the last week, we made out biggest improvement yet; brand new hard wood floors.

While we love the floors, it became more apparent than ever that we need to do something about the fireplace. The photos below show what I'm working with, but the colors look to be slightly off...the walls are a "light beige" and the tile is "Terra Cotta" - neither of which works with this fireplace.

I'm on a very limited budget, so replacing the tile itself isn't an option right now...

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Old 02-25-2010, 11:52 PM   #2
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How about painting the tiles black??

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Old 02-26-2010, 03:07 AM   #3
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If re-tiling isn't out of the question I would go that route. The small tiles next to the large ones are a serious clash. Second choice, frame the wall portion in wood using MDF and paint and re-tile the floor portion.
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How about painting the tiles black??
Painting is what I had in the back of my mind....but if I painted it black, would it clash since everthing else in the house is a very light color?

Would painting it a lighter color "go" better? Perhaps matching the darker "hue" of the Terra Cotta title?

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Old 02-26-2010, 05:02 PM   #5
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Yeah, I would go with a color that comes close to your tera cota or a lighter color. This may be obvious but don't paint the grout, if your want to change the color of the grout stain it and than seal it.
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:22 PM   #6
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Here is a good place to get some info on painting your fireplace.
http://www.younghouselove.com/2009/0...ick-fireplace/

They too had a darker fireplace and they painted it, it looks great. They also give good info on how to do it.

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I think painting is the way to go. Several shades darker then the floor. But I don't think your going to be able to avoid painting the grout. Even if your very careful you'll still get bleeding. Also you might be able to just stain everything if the tiles are pourous .
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If you stain and seal or just seal the grout first than you wont need to worry about the paint seeping in so much. But I would really just re-tile it, that small of a hearth would be semi cheep.
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I know there are stone-like products that could work and I think you can put some of them over the existing brick. Here's one site. If not, at least the photos might give you some ideas.
http://www.culturedstone.com/technical/fireplace.aspx

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