DIY Stone Tile Fireplace Makeover

Stone Tile Fireplace: Featured

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 An easy and simple way to improve your space could be to update your outdated fireplace.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.
Stone Tile Fireplace: Modern & Traditional

Stone Tile Fireplace Style

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!
Stone Tile Fireplace: Christmas
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.
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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.
 
Brick Tile Flooring

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.

Brick Tile Fireplace Recovering
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?

Brick Tile Posts

 
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!

Wall Tile Ideas & Options

In your current or upcoming home renovation project, you may be running dry on wall tile ideas. Wall tile is typically most prominent in bathrooms and kitchens, however they can be used in a variety of spaces, like the laundry room or even on an accent wall! But finding the perfect wall tile ideas can seem like a daunting task, considering their are not just hundreds, but THOUSANDS of options. Not only do they have different colors, patterns, sizes and finishes, they are also made of different materials with a variety of costs. This article hopes to help you navigate through the different wall tile ideas to find what types might be best for you. Hopefully we can eliminate some of the confusion involved when tackling a wall tile project.
*All wall tile ideas featured below can be purchased at Builders Surplus in Louisville or Newport, Kentucky. Daltile is the featured supplier in this post.

Most Popular Wall Tile Ideas:

The most used wall tile choices are made of either ceramic, porcelain or stone. These will be used predominately in bathrooms. They look beautiful and hold up nicely and come in a variety of looks and price ranges. Many types of stone, like marble or limestone, are great to use on shower walls specifically, as long as they’re properly sealed. If so, they will no longer be porous, which means your materials will last as long as possible. A few sub categories include:

BRIXTON BATH WALL TILE - DALTILE

Brixton Bath Wall Tile -Ceramic


Aria Ivory Ceramic Wall Tile

Aria Ivory Ceramic Wall Tile


Glazed ceramic: 
These wall tiles come in almost all colors possible and in many patterns and designs. They are typically waterproof, and can be used in wet areas like showers, bathrooms, kitchens and any other area, where you think water can seep in. These are made from clay and glazed. The amount of gloss differentiates the high-gloss, matte glazed and slip resistant glazed tiles. The last variety is shiny, but not slippery, and ideal for bathroom floors.
Identity Glazed Ceramic Wall Tile

Identity Glazed Ceramic Wall Tile


Mosaic: 
This type of wall tile is also made from clay. Each tile has different kinds of color pigment, and the appearance is quite vibrant. The characteristic feature of mosaic is that, even when it is chipped, you can see the pigments running through the entire tile. They can be used on walls, as they are, or can be used to form design elements like medallions, or even in small strips in between larger tile to create a unique look (and less grout lines!). You can also use mosaic to cover the borders of the walls or wainscoting. Mosaic is one of my favorite wall tile ideas.
1x2 Silver Harlequin Wall TIle
 
Glass Horizons Wall Tile - Mosaic

Glass Horizons Wall Tile – Mosaic


 
Marble: 
This type of tiling material was initially thought to be only for the rich. However, this misconception is slowly changing, and people are using more marble, as it brings elegance and class to any space. They are durable and provide a artistic and aesthetic look to the interiors. With good maintenance, they can stay for many years. There are many colors available in this stone, the most popular one being the white and green.
3x6 Tumbled Marble Wall Tile
Marble Wall Tile First Snow Elegance

Marble Wall Tile First Snow Elegance


Glass:
These tiles are one of the most contemporary and provide a lot of shimmer to any space. They illuminate the interiors and make the room look bigger. They are available in frosted and bubble glass varieties. Frosted glass tiles are opaque and provide a flat surface to the wall. The bubble glass variety has small air bubbles inside,which adds a design element and character to the external appearance. Glass can come in mosaic, subway tile, and many other styles as well. Glass is a good option for kitchen backsplash or shower/bathtub wall tile.
Aqamarine_4x4 Wall Tile Glass

Aqamarine 4×4 Wall Tile Glass


Aqamarine_4x4 Wall Tile Glass
Unique Patterns in Any Materials:
Looking for unique wall tile ideas? Today, pattern is key. The more unique, the better, and patterned tile is a great way to express your personal style. At Builders Surplus, we offer an extensive collection of patterned tile for you to choose from. Below are two of my favorite options that really bring a lot of personality to a space.
Decorative-Pattern-Sublime Porcelain

Decorative Pattern-Sublime


Stone - Baroque Chenille White

Stone – Baroque Chenille White


 

Things to Avoid:

When deciding on floor tile vs wall tile, there are a few things to consider. You should steer clear of slick materials, such as high gloss ceramic, on the floor, but it’s a wonderful option for walls. Some types of stone don’t work well in steam showers, and other can break down in wet areas. Typically, stay away from dark limestone in these places.
 

In Style Tile:

For the most part, all of the above listed materials are in style, it just really depends on the look of your space. White marble has been popular for some time, but I believe it will remain a favorite, as white can always be considered timeless and classic. Glass and mosaics are extremely popular options for kitchen backspashes, as well as for showers or decorative accents, and Reclaimed glass has been a hot trend lately as well.  Patterns with a modern or geometric flare are emerging to become just as popular as their home decor counterparts.
For smaller bathrooms,  it is very much in style (and practical) to use large scale tile. This can make the space feel much more expansive. Continuing the large scale tile on the floor and walls increases this look of space and having your wall tile extend to the ceiling can help you achieve the look as well. It also adds a touch of european elegance, as this has been popular there for some time.
 

Things to Consider:

When deciding on a shower tile, think smaller. This helps slope the water to the drain appropriately. Mosaics are often used in shower tile for it’s small stature and visually appealing qualities.  Think about you and your lifestyle when selecting tile for any area of the home. If you have pets, avoid white ( on floors or shower walls, if you rinse them there)! If you have kids, steer toward porcelain for the bathroom. It is low maintenance and durable. Also, take not of the architecture and existing colors in your home. Just because you’re drawn to the modern design, it may not fit as perfectly in your rustic style home. Keeping the theme consistent will help promote unity in your decor. Find one element in your home that really attracts you, such as a decorative element or pattern, color, or texture, and use that as a starting point to decide on the other components.
 

Before you start:

For help on deciding the best products or materials for a space your unsure about, please speak with one of our experienced interior designer at no cost! They will help you plan your space perfectly. Also, make sure you that whomever is installing your tile is experienced. This will ensure that it lasts as long as it is supposed to, and you don’t have water seeping in behind it. We have professional installers at your disposal if you’re not up for the DIY tile project. Tile is a long term commitment, so don’t let price be your main deciding factor. Make sure that you pick something that you’ll be happy to see every day for years and years to come. A thought to keep in mind, is to try to limit 3 different tile types to one space. This could be one for floor, one for your walls, and one for your shower. It could be one on the floor and walls, and a main and accent tile in the shower and tub. The choice is up to you, but this rule of thumb is a design tip that has proven to create a unified look in any style home.
Thanks for reading! For any questions regarding tile products, design or installation, don’t hesitate to contact us! We’re always here to help. Happy Remodeling!