Monday, September 3, 2012

The Tile is Done and One Thing Leads to Another

And now the moment you've all been waiting for!

You have no idea what I'm talking about,  do you?

Do you remember my post titled, Me & My Big Ideas? 

You can look here or perhaps I know this will refresh your memory:

Yeah that.  Good times.  Good times. 

 My husband & I knew we were in over our heads on this one.
Luckily, my husband has a friend willing to help
just do the whole thing himself.

Anyway, we needed to dig even deeper.

Thankfully, there was no jackhammer involved this time!
here's an idea of how deep this thing ended up:

Crazy with a capital C!

Well, after lots of sweat (trust me, it was over 90 degrees and
we don't have central a/c)
and a few hundred bucks,
we now have this:

I think I hear a choir singing!

In all honesty, I don't think we really could have done
this project ourselves. 
If you've ever worked in an old house, you know....
Old house = everything is crooked.
Everything is crooked = one big headache!

Here's a closer view:

And another:

Note to self:

When done messing around with a  rag garland, please remember
to sweep up the loose fibers before taking pictures.
Thank you.

Would you like to see a little before & after?

Another project down for the record books! Yippee!

Hey, any ideas on what to do with that fire box surround?
The new tile has made that part look really bad now.

And right there, my friends, is proof that 
one thing leads to another!!


Welcome! I'm Gina. Like the header says, this blog is all about home, food and life..


  1. I think you can spray paint the insert with grill spray paint. I have a similar one in brass and I have thought about painting it. I actually have similar tile in front of my fireplace too. (so I keep a hearth shaped rug in front of it). Your new tile turned out really great.

  2. Well done Gina! It's beautiful now. Yes you can use high temperature paint for your insert.


  3. Gina, this looks great! Love the border detail. I was going to say the same as Dee...high temperature paint. Great job!

  4. I have been waiting for this update! The tiles came out awesome and I officially will not be attempting this is my own home. Who knew those tiles were so thick!


  5. It's beautiful Gina! It's been so humid here and the summer flowers are looking so tired and I'm tired of watering them:)
    I love the border that you used and yes, one thing does lead to another:)

  6. See, I told you it would work at the end.....HA! This looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  7. It looks beautiful, Gina. Great job by EVERYONE! You can paint that surround with heat paint made specifically for that- it works great. I have one I need to do, too. xo Diana

  8. Oh it looks great! My brother lives in a 1925 home and everything is crooked, it must have been all guess work back then?


  9. It turned out great, love the tile and the color. Thank God for friends, too. :) xo

  10. Yippee!
    Nice finish!

    Everyone is in agreement.. high temp. paint is just the thing you need for the surround.

    Good luck on the next project!


  11. It looks great Gina ! If you try that
    high temp paint , let me know how it turns out ! I would like to get rid of the brass on the surround of my fireplace .

  12. Wow, I was wondering how that job turned out!!! It's beautiful, and yes, one thing leads to another, that old snowball effect!!!

  13. Oh my gosh what a huge difference - WOWZA lady!!!!!

    I don't have a surround, mine is just open and I have a grate in front of it - let me know if you want me to email you what I mean.

    Who needs a surround? I think they just come out.

    Looks GREAT, G!

  14. it looks great! you guys did an amazing job!

  15. Gina, you guys did it! It looks gorgeous! I am so glad for you that this projects is finished! The new tile and border looks so pretty! Worth all the work and stress! About your surround, I had this link saved up from a long time ago that may help you or give you an idea on how to refresh your firebox. The funny thing is that this lady's fireplace is so similar to yours! I hope this helps! Again, beautiful job on the time renovation!

  16. Forgot to give you the link! LOL

  17. Gina, this is an amazing transformation! Wow! It's beautiful and you had a great vision! Your hard work paid off! I love it!

  18. Very nice Gina! Now you can enjoy your completed efforts!

  19. That was definitely a huge project, but you did a great job and it looks amazing! You can be proud of yourself and husband, too!

  20. Looks awesome Gina. But rest assured...everything is crooked in new houses, too!

  21. It's beautiful Gina! I love the tile...great choice!! Enjoy your evening, Gail

  22. Looks beautiful! Yes, use the paint for high temps and it will finish the "project".


  23. Looks beautiful! Yes, use the paint for high temps and it will finish the "project".


  24. Your hearth turned out beautiful. Crazy how deep that was! Thanks for stopping by today and leaving me a sweet note about the fabric rosette tree. I hope you have a wonderful week!

  25. Beautiful and worth ALL that effort! Understand how you feel about one thing leading to another! You are NEVER finished! But, that is a GOOD thing....isn't it? After all, what would we blog about if we finished all the projects in our homes♥

  26. Oh Gina, I couldn't wait to see it! It turned out beautifully. You will smile every time you pass by it. And yes, one thing leads to well I know.

  27. Fabulous Gina! So, now I am patiently waiting for the update with the update insert...yep, sitting here waiting by my computer... ;)

  28. Yay, it looks great! I told you it would all be worth it in the end :-)


  29. Hey G! we don't use our fireplace so that is why there is no screen. If you use yours, I would definitely put it back on :) We are always down in the family room and it's just not energy efficient for us in this house. It's a looks only kinda gal.


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