Moving right along, I wrapped up the fireplace project with a fun little tile job. First let me say I love working with tile. I have done many such projects over the years ( one, a 500+ sq. ft. floor) and there is a real joy in re-facing a surface with such a beautiful finish. And there are so many options to choose from like slate, ceramic, porcelain. etc.. I will credit my mom with instilling this in me. Back in the 60’s she would have these funky broken tile projects going and we could pitch in, bust up a few tiles and glue them into her creations – like puzzles but totally unique. Plus, tiling is easy and very hard to screw up (unlike putting down Formica which is rife with danger).
For my stove deck I selected ceramic 5″ tiles which I picked up at Restore for a pittance. I only needed 16 tiles so buying a box new didn’t make sense. Restore has odd lots so it was a perfect source, albeit the selection was limited.
For such a small job I chose not to rent a tile saw. Instead, I got on my go to – a youtube tutorial – for some quick instruction. You can cut tile to size with a straight edge, a steady hand and a utility knife.
I then sanded the rough edge with my my Dremel using a high-speed sanding bit. Avoid nicking the ceramic as it will chip.
OK, sorry for the boring tile talk. Maybe TMI.