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Old 02-06-2012, 01:49 PM   #1
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Hi all, I have two projects on my list involving tile. I am completely new at tiling as well as to this forum. Will you please recommend a good starting point as far as doing research on methods and materials? I apologize in advance for my non-technical descriptions as I'm just catching on to the terminology. Also, I'd like any advice on which would be easier as it would be my guinea pig. The first project is the black stone-ish (slate?) upside down u-shaped area surrounding my fireplace, between the window and the molding and the second is my very small kitchen backsplash which is currently builder-beige flat paint and about 4.25" of laminate countertop at the bottom border. Photos are attached, please excuse my grease spots. :-) Thank you!
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:26 PM   #2
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I'm no expert, but I'll take a shot.

Your fireplace surround will take a bit more research.
What is the current surface? Did you want to apply the tile directly to it or are you going to remove the old stuff?
If you can get away with tiling directly to the current surface, this would be the one I'd start with. If not, the demolition will definitely make this more complicated. I know there are other threads around here on tiling a fireplace. Use the search button on the dark bar at the top of the page.

The back splash would be easier in one way since, depending on the tile you choose, you could probably get away with using the premixed mastic right on the drywall. The downside is since it is closer to eye level, any boo-boos will be more noticeable and you have to deal with the outlets. But hey, you gotta start somewhere.

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Oh no, if demolition is necessary I'll just leave it alone. :-) im just looking for little weekend projects. my husband says it is slate but not 100% sure.
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Don't know what your questions are, except you want to know where to get ideas. Google.
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