Are you looking for ways to makeover your ugly beige marble fireplace surround? Guess what? You can tile right over the marble for an easy update!
Looking at your marble fireplace surround and not loving it? Wanting an easy weekend project to update your fireplace?
Did you know that with a little adhesive you can apply tile right over the face of the marble fireplace surround and create a whole new look!
My Peachy Beige Fireplace Surround
One of the first things I said when I did the final walk through of my new construction home was “That isn’t the marble I picked for the fireplace. It looks peach, right?”
Of course my builder dismissed this notion and I was ready to move in, so I kept on moving through the rest of the home and forgot about it.
Over time, I’ve decorated around the strange corner fireplace, but have never loved it. It worked – it was fine.
Plus I ASSUMED that fixing the marble fireplace surround was either impossible due to the hardwood floor or really expensive.
It seemed the only solution to fix the peachy beige marble was to hire a fabricator and install all new marble, but I was wrong!
Fast forward 9 years later and doing some homework and consulting with a couple of contractors, I realized that it was possible to tile right over the fireplace marble.
Then my luck turned! While running errands, I found herringbone marble tile and penny tile at 50% off ($3.50 a piece) and decided it was time to update the fireplace surround!
How-to Tile Over a Marble Fireplace Surround
After taking a tiling class, I KNOW that is something that is just not in my DIY wheelhouse, so I called an expert named Leo.
He was the master behind my recent bathroom remodel, so I knew I could count on him!
When watching the process, it is TOTALLY a DIY project you could do in a weekend. You just need some patience and tools to get the job done right.
The MAIN reason I could go over the existing marble with tile is because the moulding frame was so deep at 2 inches.
The tile only takes up about 1/4 of an inch, so MEASURE before you move forward with this plan.
Watch for tile on sale! I was able to get all pieces for $3.50 for a grand total of $80 for the tile. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Watch for tile on sale! I was able to get all pieces for $3.50 for a grand total of $80 for the tile.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Leo was very careful in the process to be gentle pulling out the marble hearth and sweeping up to make sure the floor didn’t get scratched.
Depending on the tile you choose this project could be done in one day. The mosaic is delicate and he cut very small pieces, so we decided to wait overnight to grout.
Grouting only took an 1.5 hours start to finish.
Reveal: Tiled Fireplace Surround
What a difference the tile makes! It brightens up the entire look and makes the decor look more modern.
I love the contrast between the herringbone pattern and the penny tile. It isn’t something I’ve seen before and LOVE it!
Plus penny tile is one of the most inexpensive tiles and would look good on the face of the fireplace too.
Something you may be wondering is how did we handle the sides of the exposed marble with the herringbone tile being installed directly over top?
We left it! Honestly, it is so neutral it blends right into the room and you don’t notice the marble underneath.
If you are a total perfectionist or going over a dark colored marble with a light colored tile, you could prime the marble with Bonding Primer and apply a matching white paint.
Mine is staying as is and you don’t really see it…
It’s great how the white tile brightens the entire room and pulls out whites from all of the other decor.
The peachy beige marble pulled creamier colors out of the wall paint and the upholstered paisley chairs.
Before I started this project, I thought I would be forced into painting the walls a lighter shade, but it all works!
If you didn’t know, Mick the Maltese LOVES to photo bomb my shoots.
He fits right into the decor and is the best accessory.
Here is a straight shot of the fireplace, so you can see the beautiful tones in the marble herringbone tile.
I still can’t believe what a deal/steal I got on the tile!
If you love this cabinet and secretary, I wrote a whole post about the makeover I did last year.
Mick and I are loving the new look of the room and are so glad we decided to grab the deal on the tile and go for the fireplace tile makeover.
What a modern new look with a simple change to white and bright tile. Bye-bye boring beige!
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Please let me know in the comments section what you think of the fireplace surround makeover.
Do you think you make tackle this yourself or are you like me and going to hire a professional?
Hey, we all know what we are and are not good at and tiling in not for me 😉
Until next time…