How to Prep a Fireplace for New Tile | House One


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Watch DIY Expert & House One Editor Jenn Largesse, as she covers phase one of her fireplace wall makeover and upgrades her mantel with new molding.

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I’m in the process of renovating the entire fireplace wall to include built-in cabinets and mount the television over the fireplace, but step one was to demo the fireplace and get it ready for new tile, which, for me, included removing the mantel to cut it shorter and so I could modernize it with new trim.

Cost: $40
Time: 1 day
Skill level: Moderate

Plastic furniture covers []
Drywall []
Drywall screws []
Tile backer board []
Specialty screws []
Dust mask []
1×2 trim []
White paint []
Caulk []

Utility knife []
Thin putty knife []
Pry bar []
Hammer []
Shop vac []
Dremel ultra saw []
Bucket []
Sponge []
Jigsaw []
Coarse wood blade []
Square []
Circular saw []
Pull saw []
Paint brush []
Caulk gun []

Steps for Prepping a Fireplace for New Tile
1. Remove the molding along the entire wall and base of the mantel
2. Remove the mantel.
3. Remove the tile. Once tiles are removed, vacuum the area clean.
4. Prep the hearth surface. Having a fresh smooth surface will make installing the new tile much easier. In this case, it meant replacing the plywood base and replacing it with tile board. Scrape away as much excess mortar as possible.
5. Prep the wall. In this case, it meant removing and replacing drywall.
6. Choose a tile board with the correct thickness. The one used here was HardieBoard []. Install the tile board.
7. Update the mantel. In this case, the height was made shorter to accommodate a flat-screen television.

See part 2: How to Tile a Fireplace []

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