It took me a LONG time to convince my husband that it would all be okay.  I have been wanting to do something with our fireplace for years.  It just didn’t fit us.  The green/brown tile floating in the middle of the wall- all alone- it lacked impact.  It was a floating island in the middle of a blank wall. (Ignore the blue painters tape- I started to tape it off and realized I needed to take a picture still.)

We love to be together in our family room- the fireplace makes it so cozy in the winter and in the summer it is way cooler down there.​  So this was something I was on a mission to do.  We are not completely done yet- the best part will be next- but I already love it.

Painting the tile and surround was a big decision, there is no going back once the paint gets on there- but at this point a total gut job was not in our budget.  We thought if we don’t like how it turns out – we don’t like it now- so what is the difference right?

Painting tile is a great way to totally transform the look of your space.  There are great products out there nowadays that makes this easy.  The paint out there today is not what everyone thinks- when I told people I was painting the tile- they told me it won’t work- the paint will peel, it won’t stick, it will last a week and then look terrible.

I am here to tell you that is not true.  The products today are made for this job and you can do it.  At first I was going to do a kit.  Like this one from Rust-oleum.  But this was a little space and I was not sure about the color.

I went to my local Sherwin Williams Store- they have a great primer for tile and glass but it has been sold out for weeks- so I needed plan B.

I ended up using a KILZ Primer called Adhesion.

I had extra of the exact tile in our basement so I gave it a test run first.  I highly recommend testing the paint first on a spare tile if you have one- if you don’t go to your local home improvement store and buy a tile similar to the ones you have and try it out.  I set the tile on the floor and let the kids walk all over it for a week- no scratches- nothing- this stuff is tough.

You can watch part 1 of the Facebook Live I did demonstrating how to paint the tile below.

In part 2 I demonstrate how I painted the surround- no primer here- I just used Sherwin Williams Pro-Classic Trim Paint directly on the mantle.  First I sanded it using a sanding block and then wiped it down.  I added the paint directly on the wood.  The white color is called Alabaster.  It looks more beige in this picture but it is the prettiest white.

Here is part 2 of the video.

This week, I hope to get to finish this project.  This is where the real magic starts to happen.  I am adding wood accents above the fireplace to really add some impact and make it a focal point in the room.

I cannot wait to start this part and will keep you updated.