Would you paint this fireplace tile?

jcrossanJanuary 27, 2013
Thinking about painting over this tile with a lighter color. The tile isn't original, nor does it match the other fireplaces in my home. The living room doesn't get a ton of natural light and I feel like the fireplace is a black hole (I know the large speaker doesn't help...unfortunately it has to stay nearby). The wall color is Sherwin Williams "bamboo shoot."
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dunblak
If this is in a large room and you have rustic furniture and/or accessories that work with the earth tones and informality of the tiles, consider unifying the fireplace by painting the mantel in a harmonious shade. The white mantel simply doesn't work with the tiles. If you have a more traditional, formal space, resurface with wood and millwork.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 8:53AM
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Erica Knapp Hubler
No I love the tile. It looks great
    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 8:59AM
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Erica Knapp Hubler
Maybe strip & stain the mantle
    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 8:59AM
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Ironwood Builders
I want your tile!
    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 9:15AM
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Sterling Wilson Design
I think one way or the other, the tile has to go. Cheapest way is to paint it, but it still wont look great.
best to tear it off and build a wood mantle surround.
    Bookmark   January 27, 2013 at 9:20AM
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jcrossan
Thanks for the suggestions!

The rest of the decor is far from rustic - two Eames chairs, Barcelona table, etc. I'd prefer something light, clean, and at least somewhat consistent with the other fireplaces. I hope to retile, but I have neither the funds nor the skills right now. The fireplace in the photo below is similar to my other fireplaces.
    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 10:16AM
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Sterling Wilson Design
Your furniture sounds really nice, I used to to work for Knoll :)
Maybe you could get a good plaster guy and plaster over it and paint it a light warm gray.
    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 2:58PM
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jcrossan
Oooh nice!

Anyone have a cheap, temporary solution to lighten it up a bit until I can make a permanent change?
    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 3:30PM
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mpoulsom
painting is prob your cheapest solution for the time being. or getting a piece of sheetrock cut to the size of the tile area and painting that for a temporary fix. if you do it the sheetrock way and just cover, when redoing it permanently, you may be able to salvage the tile and sell it to someone else or donate it to habitat or thrift store.
    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 3:37PM
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