Our fireplace had a greenish marble facing and no stoup, just the marble flat on the floor. We pulled the marble off and built a stoup out of 2x4's. We choose a tumbled stone tile and a
glass mosaic inlay and put a diamond tile pattern in the stoup for a little detail. This project took a lot more planning because the tile had to be started in the middle of the top of the fireplace to insure it was centered and the worked down on the sides and taping the tiles to each other instead of building from the bottom and stacking up.We purchased everything for this project from one tile store.
*Options I considered for this project:
No other options, tile was our first choice
*Questions and unexpected events that arose during the project:
Figuring out how to start in the middle of the top and then work down, instead of stacking the tile from bottom.
* Cost Comments:
2x4 tiles $0.59 each
6x6 tiles $1.25 each
8x8 tiles $1.44 each
Mosaic Glass 12x12 $16.99 each
*My motivation to do this project:
My wife has hated the green marble since we moved in.
We visited a lot of tile stores to compare tile colors and prices, and looking at tile fireplace pictures online. After removing the marble, I had to build the stoup from 2x4's to get the correct height.
Make sure the mortar you pick will adhere to drywall and the metal facing of the fireplace.
Tumbles Stone Tile - $0.00
Glass Mosaic Tile - $0.00
Commented on Feb 11, 2011
Hi pam, the marble is what I removed and replaced with the stone tile. If you are looking to
put in the marble, I would suggest having help. The pieces of marble are very heavy and need to be glued in place.
Our kitchen had a plain white tile back splash. We had to remove the old tile, which pulled parts of the drywall with it. Once all the tile was removed, I patched the holes with new
drywall and put a fresh coat of compound to give us a smooth surface to work with. We chose a tumbled stone tile with a glass mosaic inlay. The tile we bought at a local tile store and the glass we ordered online.
When removing old tile, be very careful not to due too much damage to the wall. Replacing drywall and patching holes is more difficult than smoothing out the existing wall. Tiling is a 2 man job, one person measuring and cutting tile and the other applying mortar and spacing the tile. This way you can use all the mortar you mix before it dries even it you mix small amounts at a time.
I have no experience with tile, this was my first project.