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Fireplace Remodeling Ideas

Today, we’ll be giving you some amazing fireplace remodeling ideas that you can use to spruce up your home! A fireplace is a focal point in many homes, so it only makes sense that you would want it looking it’s best and reflecting your personality.

Ledge Stone Fireplace Remodeling

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Ledge stone is such a versatile remodeling material, so it only makes sense that it would be perfect for fireplace remodeling! Ledge stone can give a rustic, craftsman or modern look. The color you choose and the décor in your space will determine the style it takes on. Click here to shop ledge stone!

Geometric Tile Fireplace


Click here to shop decorative tile!This modern style fireplace is fun and subdued at the same time. It will work in any space, with almost any décor and with any color palette. The geometric pattern is very in style. I would definitely recommend you consider this style for your fireplace remodeling project.


Fun Patterned Fireplace Remodeling


Click here to shop arabesque tile!This fireplace is one of my favorites! The arabesque pattern is feminine and soft, but in this neutral hue doesn’t look too girlie. The Darker grey wood mantle goes perfectly with this and really makes this fireplace a focal point.

White Brick Tile Fireplace


Click here to shop brick tile!I am a HUGE lover of brick in every color and in any space. This fireplace doesn’t disappoint. You don’t have to have real brick on your fireplace to get the look. If you’re doing any fireplace remodeling, check out brick tile. It looks just like real brick and can go over pretty much any existing material giving your fireplace a whole new look!  Shop brick tile options here!

Red Brick Tile Fireplace


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Just like the brick tile above, we also carry this distressed red brick tile. I love the red in contrast with all the white. It’s very shabby chic and gives off the very popular rustic or farmhouse feel. Brick always has a way of warming up the space, so definitely consider this color for your next project.

Large Format Tile Fireplace Remodeling

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Click here to shop large format tile!Fireplace remodeling using large format tile is not the most common, but it sure is stunning! They have really made the fireplace feel large and modern by using such large tile in a beautiful neutral color. It can morph to the style of the room no matter what décor they put in it over the years. Click here to shop large format tile!

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Marble Fireplace Makeover


Click here to shop marble tile!Marble is a classic material that has been used in remodeling for decades. Using marble tile for your fireplace surround is gives a classic elegant look that should continue to give a look you desire for many more decades to come.

Marble Subway Tile Fireplace


Click here to shop subway tile!Like the larger format marble tile above, this is a more modern version of the classic. The popular subway style tile in the marble material is a big seller and a top choice for fireplace remodeling. This looks so clean, fresh and inviting! Click here to shop subway tile!

Modern Neutral Fireplace Upgrade

Photo: Michael J. LeeThis neutral larger format subway tile is such a beautiful choice for a fireplace. It is a color that will coordinate with anything. This is important to consider as you can change your living room furniture and décor many times before you do another fireplace remodeling project. Pick something that you will be happy with for years and years. This works great for males and females alike and has an understated modern look, which I love. Click here to shop tile!

Interlocking Mesh Back Fireplace


Click here to shop mesh back mosaic tile!This interlocking mesh back mosaic tile on this fireplace surround is understated, yet fun! It gives texture and movement, but keeps the color neutral. It’s a playful modern look. Mesh back mosaics are becoming very popular options for fireplace surrounds, so shop all the options today!

Stone Fireplace

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Click here to shop ledge stone!A stone fireplace has been a classic in fireplace remodeling trends. Just because it’s not new, doesn’t mean it’s not great. It’s been so popular all these years for a reason. There are so many styles of stone that you can really make it your own! It can go in modern, rustic, craftsman, or industrial spaces and feel right at home. Don’t discount this classic choice if you’re thinking about fireplace remodeling! Click here to shop ledge stone!


Builders Surplus is a renovation company that provides full-service solutions in Louisville Kentucky,  Florence Kentucky. Their services extend to Cincinnati Ohio as well.  The company is a leading supplier of Ledge Stone, wall tile, and backsplash tile in the three cities. They specialize in interior design, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, home improvement, and building materials. Their clients can avail themselves of free interior design and measurement services. Builders Surplus offers building materials in a wide range of prices, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to high-end Wellborn cabinets. They also provide installation services. Clients who have queries or wish to schedule a free design consultation with an interior designer are encouraged to contact the company.

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DIY Stone Tile Fireplace Makeover

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DIY Stone Tile Fireplace Makeover

The halls are decked with boughs of holly and the stockings have been hung by the chimney with care – but maybe the room doesn’t look quite as comfy-cozy as can be. An easy and simple way to improve your space could be to update your outdated fireplace.
Wall tile is easily becoming one of the biggest and most popular trends on the market. With it you can give any space a rustic, old-world feel that is both natural feeling and inviting! Not to mention that it’s super versatile! A fun home improvement and interior design project that you can find everywhere one the web is a DIY Stone Tile Fireplace Makeover that will turn any fireplace into the centerpiece for the room!

What is Stone Tile?

Wall tile, sometimes also called ledger stone, is an easy alternative to laying stone or brick piece by piece. It’s an easy to install large-format, mesh-back or individual lay tile and is generally interlocking to give you a more natural look, instead of an even grid. Wall tile can mimic wood, stone, and even brick. Alternatively wall tile can also be used as a backsplash instead of an entire wall covering – which is good for doing small portions instead of covering your entire fireplace or other space.
There are tons of looks to choose from when selecting wall tile and ledger stone – and the same can be said for price ranges. So, the decision making will have to come on your part based on your budget and the style that you’re going for.
Here at Builders Surplus we carry 8 different in-stock ledger stone colors and can order 28 more for you as a custom order that generally arrives in less than 2 weeks!

Keep in Mind…

If you’re going to create a stone tile fireplace with any kind of wall tile keep in mind that you are putting this around, well, fire. While no tile is going to be completely fire proof or flame retardant you should still do your research. Also, do not cover the inside of your fireplace – that portion must be constructed from a fire-safe material.

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Creating a Stone Tile Fireplace

There are many ways that you can install your own wall tile and that will mostly depend on the kind of tile that you get and the kind of job that you’re doing.
With most wall tile, it’s going to be heavy, and you’ll need to do some pre-work before you can install it, like taking off the existing tile and even the drywall to install a product called backer-board. Backer-board is a stiff product that keeps the tile and the base of the tile structurally sound. There are several different types of backer-board and each brand also carries it’s own specifications. Some are lighter than others and some are waterproof (in case you might be interested in doing the same with your bathtub).
Once all that is done and your backer board is secured you can start laying down your tile of choice. A stone tile fireplace makeover is really trendy right now because stone is so versatile and the decorating ideas so imaginative! Some styles will look extremely modern, and others will look more natural and old-world.
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There’s really no limit to how you can style your new stone tile fireplace! You can use a mix of individual lay tiles to jumble up the colors and make your own patterns and textures, or you can go for a very solid look. As well there is the option to cover every inch of the space like a stone accent wall or to just tile a small portion of the fireplace itself and have a smaller focal point that adds interest to the space. We even did a blog on how to use wall tile elsewhere in your home!
Installing your ledger stone tile can be a little tedious, but the looks is well worth the work in the end!
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Stone tile and faux stone give that beautiful stone tile fireplace look without the hassle or the price! Let your imagination run wild with the home design ideas you get, then when all the work is done cozy up next to your new stone tile fireplace with a hot mug of hot coco!

Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Kat Flaherty

Top 5 Ways To Use Brick Tile in your Home

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Brick has been used as a building material for thousands of years. Fired brick is one of the sturdiest building materials that you can use, lasting many lifetimes. While the look of brick outdoors or exposed brick indoors is extremely popular, it is not the cheapest or easiest building material to do yourself. Because of this, many companies have developed brick veneer or brick tiles that mimic the exact look of brick, but are very easy to install, and are also very cost effective. At Builders Surplus, we offer three types of brick tile for order, in White, Taupe, and Red. These tiles are great to use in so many different ways! In this article, I’ll be showing you how you can use these tiles to add a very special element to your home.

Top 5 Ways To Use Brick Tile in Your Home

1. Brick Tile Accent Wall

I think brick is the perfect material for an accent wall. No matter what wall you’re looking at covering, or what style the room is decorated in, brick will pretty much work for them all. Brick is one of the most nostalgic materials available for your home and brings a feeling of history to the room in which it’s present. The brick tile accent wall below is just the right size, not too big, but not small enough that it gets lost in the space. However, much larger walls will work as well. It really depends on how committed you are to the brick look.
Brick Tile Accent Wall

2. Brick Tile Backsplash

Many people are under the false impression that brick is not an appropriate backsplash material. I HIGHLY disagree! Brick tile backsplash is one of my favorite looks. As you can see, you don’t have to have the full country design to be able to utilize brick tile. They mix high end cabinetry, granite countertops and gorgeous brass light fixtures with the brick tile backsplash to create a unique look that feels warm and inviting. Brick has a way of doing that, don’t you think?

Brick Tile Backsplash
3. Brick Tile Flooring

This brick tile flooring is absolutely stunning! Brick flooring is not my first thought when thinking about ways to use brick tile in my home. But, after seeing this photo, It’s definitely at the forefront! It is stunning in this space. I think the key to brick tile flooring is to use it sparingly. It would not be the right choice for your entire home, but in this dining area, the brick shines! With the earthy materials and neutral colors, it is the first thing that draws your eye and makes this a really cohesive space that screams great design.
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4. Brick Tile Fireplace Recovering

Brick fireplaces have been around for hundreds of years and I doubt they will ever go out of style. A brick fireplace is a lovely historical accent to your home, but doesn’t have to appear old world. You can decorate any way that you want around a brick fireplace. The first thing that comes to mind is the phrase ‘warm and cozy’, which is what a brick fireplace evokes. If you were blessed with a fireplace, but not one made of brick, worry not! Using brick tile to recover your fireplace is the easiest, most cost effective way get the same look and feel.

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5. Brick Tile Beam and Post Coverings

This is my favorite new way to use brick tile! (Could be because I’m about to do this in my home?) I absolutely love the way that brick posts or beams look. It is a nice change from the traditional wooden posts, but can be mixed with them nicely. It gives off a rustic, farmhouse or french country style and can be mixed with a variety of decor options.  This is a very easy way to get the look of real brick posts without the hassle or extra money. Would you ever do this in your home?

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While those are the top 5 ways that brick tile can be used, there are definitely many more! Let us know what other ways you think brick tile could be used to jazz up your space! Happy Remodeling!