Fireplace tile: you CAN paint it!

Painted Fireplace Tile = Jennifer Allwood
Painted Fireplace Tile = Jennifer Allwood
(Fireplace tile BEFORE)

A few weeks ago, we had a client who asked us to paint her fireplace tile that is shown above.  The tile is pretty standard for Kansas City.  I thought it was gorgeous. But, it was just too dark for her….she wanted more creams and whites and beiges and less brown in the tile.

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Painted Fireplace Tile = Jennifer Allwood

(Fireplace tile AFTER)


Painted Fireplace Tile = Jennifer Allwood

I don’t even think you can tell on the closeup photo that its painted tile and not the original color. 
I wish I had photos of the process, but I forgot to take them….so here it goes.
We painted the tile and the grout with Faux Effect’s Prime Etch.
We primed over that.
We basecoated with Aquabond in Off White.
We used 2 colors of Aquacreme: Dark Brown and Vandkye Brown, and tints to “mush” and mottle color on to look like tile.
And we had a HAPPY client!
I have another fireplace transformation you’ll want to see HERE — painted BLACK brick!
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  1. McAtee Family
    McAtee Family
    August 6, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Pretty!! I was all ready to have you paint my tile – till it started to fall off my fireplace (darn weekend warrior previous homeowner)

  2. Corn in my Coffee-Pot
    Corn in my Coffee-Pot
    August 6, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Wow! who’da thought, huh?

    I think it looks great. You did a fantastic job of it. Pat

  3. Traci
    August 6, 2012 at 2:43 am

    The tile look fantastic. I love to see all your projects.

  4. Gypsy Heart
    Gypsy Heart
    August 7, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Amazing! I have a friend that wants to change her fireplace…will share this with her. Thanks for the info!


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