Asked on Jan 11, 2019

How should I tile the drywall around my fireplace?

by Tasha

I would like to do some tiling around my boring fireplace. However, if I tile the little black part around it, what am I supposed to do with the drywall part? Help!! Since this picture was taken, I have installed dark brown hardwood floors.

  6 answers
  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Jan 11, 2019

    Tasha, we used to have a very similar fireplace. It had a row of 10x10 tiles around the outside of the black flange and a double row in front for the hearth.

  • Tasha Tasha on Jan 11, 2019

    Sounds like a win! You have any pics you could share?

    • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Jan 16, 2019

      I don't live there anymore so I don't have pics handy, but they were installed before we moved in by the builder. I'm not sure thinset would adhere to your flange anyway, so keeping it on the outside of that would be a straight forward installation. It should also turn out almost flush because the level of the tile will meet the level of the flange

  • Kauai Breeze Kauai Breeze on Jan 12, 2019

    I would tile the whole corner wall with a tan wood look tile. But don't put tile over the black border because that area can get hot and will radiate heat into the room. They make tiles (edge pieces) with rounded edges for edging around the metal. If they don't have the edge tiles, you can purchase a metal edge strip to cover the cut edges around the fireplace. Add a decorative strip of molding along the top to finish it. Stain the molding so it closely matches your floor. Take a picture of the space to the tile store and they will help you find everything you need. There are loads of new products out there!

  • Lynda Dexter Lynda Dexter on Jan 13, 2019

    If you tile the black area why not just paint the surrounding either in a contrasting color and make it an accent wall... well half wall. Or you could paint it with a cordinating color in the tiles. Depending on the color and type of tiles you use and your preference/style. another option would be to put in faux wood tiles on the background.

  • Danita Davidson Danita Davidson on Jan 15, 2019

    I wouldn't tile on sheetrock. I would tile on a piece of Hardy rock or plywood. This way the sheetrock underneath will stay usable for later use, just cover it up with what you choose before tiling. Just one opinion. Happy home improving!

    • Tasha Tasha on Jan 15, 2019

      Thank you for that. I didnt even think about later use.