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DIY Tile Fireplace Makeover

When we first moved into this house I knew that we wanted to change the outdated fireplace. We considered many different options but they were all so expensive. I knew there had to be a cheaper and easier way to freshen it up. This DIY ended up being super easy and made such a difference! It looks like a whole new fireplace! Click here to view my original plans for the fireplace.

Things You Will Need:

Step 1: Remove the old mantel and any extra wood pieces

Dont freak out at this point! I promise we can fix it. We have to cut the header board down a little bit so thats why it is missing in this photo. We are planning to put the new mantel right at the top of those two posts. A chisel and a hammer work great to remove unwanted wood pieces.

Step 2: Clean and prep the area

You want to make sure you start with a clean dry surface. After the area is clean, use your painters tape to mask off the trim that you will be painting white as well as the black firebox.

Step 3: Paint the trim and firebox

Use the white paint to paint all of the trim pieces that surround the tile on your fireplace. While your first coat dries, paint the gold pieces of your firebox with the black high heat enamel paint. Repeat 2-3 coats for nice, even coverage.

Step 4: Install Your Mantel

Get your mantel up and in place so that all you have left is painting the tile.

Step 5: Paint the tile and top coat

Follow the directions on the can of the tile paint to paint the tiles of your fireplace with a smooth foam roller. You can paint directly over the grout. Make sure you apply thin even coats. Allow to dry between coats.

Step 6: Caulk

You will want to caulk the seams to give it that professional finished look. Check out my tutorial here for caulking the fireplace.

This might be my favorite DIY project we have done so far! It went from an eye sore to a focal point!

Come Stay Awhile by Amanda Vernaci | Modern Farmhouse DIY + Home Renovation




  • Rachel

    How has the white paint held up to the heat? Has it peeled at all?

    • Amanda

      Not at all! It’s help you amazing!

  • MJ

    Hi Amanda, what paint color did you use for your wall surrounding the fireplace?

    • Amanda

      Are used ultra pure white!

  • Celeste

    Really like this re-do!

  • Nikki

    Do you have a link to your floors?

  • Susan

    What did you use the floor paint for? the tiles?
    Or did you use the white paint for the tiles?

    • Amanda

      Are use the floor tile paint on the fireplace tiles… Even though they’re on the wall they are still technically floor tiles!

  • Heather

    Is it possible to use a different color other than white?

    • Amanda

      I think they make several different colors for this line of paint!

  • Stephanie

    Did you use semi gloss or matte on your tiles? Any pros/cons to your sheen selection?

    • Amanda

      Hey! I used a semi gloss… But it’s totally personal preference. My thought was that tiles have a natural shine to them and so I wanted to use a paint that would have a little bit of a shine so that it would look realistic

  • Hillary Ann Henninger

    The gold trim around the fireplace, did you use a deglosser before the high remitted paint? i am painting my fireplace and ur has the same gold trim. Curious if i should or not on mine? Thanks!

    • Amanda

      Nope! Just the high heat paint!

  • Darlene

    I have shiny blue tile that is not completely flat would this work there too ? thank you

    • Amanda

      Yes ma’am! My tiles are a bit uneven too!