Cover up a tile surround on my fireplace?

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The builder used one row of 12x12 tile as the fireplace surround to match the floor. The fireplace now has a gas log so heat is not a problem. Any ideas on how to cover it? Right now it's just a drab (blah) beige. I hope to replace the mantel, too. It's too shiny and generic for me.
q cover up a tile surround on my fireplace
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 14, 2017
    http://www.hometalk.com/categories/makeovers/fireplaces-mantels
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 14, 2017
    Mantel would look good as a display shelf somewhere, It does nothing for the Fireplace! Why not put another row of Border Tiles all around the fireplace and then a Wood or Stone or Slate Mantel on to p. or you could just trim around the Fire opening with Border tiles laid over tiles or use a Metal opening Trim - Stainless steel,Copper,Bronze Brass etc.....Or you could just use Decals to make it look different etc.............
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    • EleanorPhillips EleanorPhillips on Sep 17, 2017
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  • Jamie Haas Jamie Haas on Sep 14, 2017
    Hi Nancy
    I used stacked stone from Home Depot to cover the brick and built it all the way up to the ceiling. I got the mantel there as well.
    Good luck!
  • Sharon Sharon on Sep 14, 2017
    As to the tile, its paintable, and you could also stencil it to make it look like another type of tile from Arts n' Crafts to Mexican decorative, delft etc. The new Rustoleum Metallic paint or the Hammered collection comes in lots of colors... https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_3_18?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=rustoleum+metallic+paint&sprefix=Rustoleum+Metallic%2Caps%2C216&crid=3JL6DMPEOWCKY
    Agree on the mantel is odd, here's some ideas, you can make some pretty nice mantels with just multiple mouldings. https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?rs=ac&len=2&q=fireplace%20mantle&eq=fireplace&etslf=10346&term_meta[]=fireplace%7Cautocomplete%7Cundefined&term_meta[]=mantle%7Cautocomplete%7Cundefined
  • Jim Okerblom Jim Okerblom on Sep 14, 2017
    You should be able to tile over the existing tile, using Thinset.
    • Nancy Henry Nancy Henry on Sep 15, 2017
      I could, but the existing tile is already on top of sheet rock and has a 1/4" reveal, and I don't have the money to either tear it out or bring the rest of the wall even with the face of the tile. But thank you for your suggestion.
  • Rymea Rymea on Sep 17, 2017
    I think the mantel is more of a problem than the tile. Even If you replaced it with just a 2" thick flat board it would look better. You could gouge the edges to make it look rustic. What is the blue?
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