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!
However,
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!!



31 comments:

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

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.

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

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

Dee

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

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

Angela @ Number Fifty-Three said...

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!

Angela

Something Nice and Pretty said...

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:)

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

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

NanaDiana said...

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

The Polka Dot Closet said...

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

Carol

Barbara F. said...

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

Kerin said...

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!

*smile
K.

Sharon said...

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 .

sweet violets said...

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

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

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!

andie jaye said...

it looks great! you guys did an amazing job!

Maria Elena said...

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!

Maria Elena said...

Forgot to give you the link! LOL

http://moregreenforlessgreen.blogspot.com/2010/01/refinishing-fireplace.html

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

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

Diane @ The Checkered Apple said...

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

Janet said...

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!
Blessings,
Janet

Jaye @ Just Trying to Make Cents of it All! said...

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

Gail said...

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

Gypsy Heart said...

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

xo
Pat

Gypsy Heart said...

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

xo
Pat

One More Time said...

I turned out beautiful!

Nici - Posed Perfection said...

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!
Blessings,
Nici

Audrey Sterling said...

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♥

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

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 another...as well I know.

Sharing Shadymont said...

Beautiful job!! Gorgeous tile.

anangloinquebec said...

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

Ana said...

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

Hugs,
❤Ana

Hi I'm Shannon! said...

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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