When we moved into our house (almost exactly a year ago) My very first... "I'm going to fix that" thought came when I saw the fireplace.
This was the first fireplace I've ever had in my own home, and after drooling over the mantle decor all over the Internet.....I just couldn't find a place in my heart for these Hunter Green Marble Tiles. The only thing that they seemed to go with was the current paint colors....and I wanted to change that. So, the fireplace tiles needed change too.
Eventually, I would really like to replace the tile with something more eye-popping, but that will require taking apart the wood surrounding it, busting up the tile and re-tiling.....someday...maybe :)
I couldn't believe how easy it was!
I went into the paint store and asked them just how I should go about painting the tiles. Seriously. You can paint ANYTHING! LOVE!
Basically you just need to sand down the surface (get rid of the gloss), and apply a coat of white pigmented shellac primer. Very stinky. Dries quickly...
You can paint whatever you'd like.
Notice I didn't bother worrying about the grout lines yet....I just went and got a little paint sampler bottle (Walmart for like $2) and used a tiny craft brush to paint the grout lines a darker color:
I still can't believe how nice it looks!
(Plus, I really love hearing people tell me they thought I was crazy when I told them I was going to paint our fireplace tiles)
Here's a side-by-side of the whole thing.
Do you recognize the green from our Kitchen?
one more time:
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