Covering brick fireplace with tile. In this picture slide show video we are refacing an older fireplace from brick into tile. Use cement nails to attach 1 inch by 4 foot boards to the mortar building a frame around the fireplace leaving 12 inches for tile installation around the firebox open. Learn how to cover your brick fireplace to transform it from dated to modern farmhouse style with stone painted wood and a solid rustic pine mantel.
Close in a floor to ceiling brick fireplace by installing sheetrock. Today im sharing how we covered up our brick fireplace step by step. Covering up the brick with a more modern material such as marble tile can transform the fireplace surround and help it fit in better with more modern furnishings.
If the mantel is a fixed part of the fireplace lay the tiles over top of it. Attach plywood to the 1 by 4s and sheetrock on top of the plywood. In many cases skim coating the existing brick with thinset will create a strong smooth surface for tile installation.
Place tile spacers around the tiles and add thinset as you go. Choose from ceramic tile or natural stone tile like marble granite or slate. Tiling over an existing brick fireplace can create a dramatic new look or restore some natural beauty if the brick has been painted over.
For me it was frame the wood tile over brick paint then grout. Since id be adding 34 wood over the entire fireplace covering the brick and makeshift supports all the way up to the mantel. It feels so good to have another project checked off the list at least partially.