Fireplace Makeover Phase 2: New Tile Surround

Several months ago, we began the fireplace makeover project in our great room. As much as I love classic wood fireplaces and mantels, our wood stain was a little too-orange for my taste. Plus, we're planning on adding thick crown molding in this room, and I thought a crisp white mantel to match the future trim would be best.

This was our original fireplace-

Then painted-

We knew from the beginning that we wanted the tile surround to be replaced. The pinkish-beige basic ceramic tile was anything but luxe. However, with a wedding this Fall and a busy holiday season, the tiling stage was put on hold.

We were planning on making this a DIY project. However, Justin has never tiled before and was uncomfortable tiling against the wall. This is a whole other beast compared to floor tile. So, we decided to get some bids. We decided upon a man that my boss has used for several tiling projects in his home. He gave us a fair price and we decided to give him the OK.

Justin and I purchased the materials ourselves. After looking all over town for tile, we kept coming back to one...from Home Depot. We like the mix of metallic and stone. Plus, it was dark enough to pop against the white fireplace surround and provided some much needed texture to our room.
link to tile HERE

Our tile crew got to work-

Demo was quick and easy

I didn't want to stand over their shoulder continuously taking pics, so I don't have many in-process shots. However, here is the final reveal-

Much better!

A few more detail shots of our great room-
old crate was a flea market find

vase collection from Home Goods and Gordmans

large canvas from Home Goods, metal S from Crate & Barrel and original print by Tyler Coey

campaign side table from Urban Outfitters

thrifted end table, Target lamp, gazing balls from Home Goods

antique Jasper secretary cabinet from Craigslist

It makes me anxious to 'finish' this room. I don't think anyone's home is ever truly 'done' because our tastes change, lifestyles change etc. However, I am ready to make this room look more finished. As I mentioned above, we want to add crown molding as well as new carpet, a new coffee table and a narrow, long console table behind our sofa. Baby steps...