Updating old tiled fireplace

29-Sep-2017 23:01

A mantel serves not only as an architectural anchor in a room but as a functional shelf on which to display prized possessions.

That's why so many of them still grace the parlors, dining rooms, and bedrooms of old houses even when the fireboxes have been walled over to eliminate drafts.

Nights by that old fireplace practically screamed for a glass of Chablis and the soothing sounds of Lionel Ritchie.

Now you're more about dinner parties and family holidays in front of the hearth.

The stockings are hung by the chimney, but who cares? Its boring profile may have looked pretty festive for holidays past, but we all know that sagging shelf's barely fit to foot a mug of eggnog.

Consider jazzing things up with some colorful new tiles.

For a few of our favored designs—sure to create an eye-catching centerpiece in any environment—see the The beauty of artisanal tile lies in its imperfections.

Because each piece is designed, molded, and glazed by hand, no two look exactly alike.

You can change the whole look of a fireplace—and the room—in one or two weekends.

For full step-by-step instructions, see How to Tile a Hearth.

Consider jazzing things up with some colorful new tiles.

For a few of our favored designs—sure to create an eye-catching centerpiece in any environment—see the The beauty of artisanal tile lies in its imperfections.

Because each piece is designed, molded, and glazed by hand, no two look exactly alike.

You can change the whole look of a fireplace—and the room—in one or two weekends.

For full step-by-step instructions, see How to Tile a Hearth.

For every surviving example, of course, there are dozens that were torn from walls during reckless remodels.