and then she snapped: i painted my fireplace tile

i painted my fireplace tile

and it looks AWESOME. Seriously, I should be a DIY blogger.

Here's the before: see that beige-y-pinkish tile? me no likey.



This is the stuff you want. It worked like a charm. No sanding, no priming, just a little wipe down with a sponge, then dry and paint. It's oil based, so it stinks, but it goes on great.



I'm liking the progress, but now I REALLY need to get rid of that brass. I used the same paint on the brass surround, but the two stripes on the grates I used a high heat spray paint since I could take those outside (they come off). I roughed up the brass with some sandpaper real quick, and sprayed. It looks pretty good, I think I may do another coat eventually.


Seriously. I love the transformation. And it cost less than twenty bucks! (or free for you if you want to use some of my leftover paint!)


I really like the fact that the paint is not glossy, I think that would've cheapened how it looked. It's a nice satin finish.


What do you think? Looks pretty good, huh? Are you going to try it yourself? Dare I try painting the bathroom tile in my bedroom?

50 comments:

  1. NOW you're ready for Santa ;-)

    I love (borrow, get inspired by) your DIY energy!!

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  2. Looks great. Right before I got pregnant with addison I decided to paint her ENTIRE bathroom tile. It was one of those old 50s light pink and sorta grey/purple tiles. I painted them all white. It worked great and almost 3 years later still looks amazing. I will say I think I was high for a week from the fumes but it was totally worth it. I actually blogged about it if you want to see http://www.stoneyville.net/2009/07/old-is-new-again.html

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  3. It really looks great! Do you have trouble keeping Charlie away from the fireplace? Just curious because we are about to light ours for the first time and I am kind of scared about whether Will will be too curious about it!

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  4. I REALLY love it! Can you believe we don't have a fire place?! We've been thinking of putting a gas one in. I vote yes! Your house is surely ready for Santa now.

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  5. It looks super, friend. I think you are ready to tackle your bathroom tile.

    Also, I think you should TOTALLY start a DIY blog, calling it and then, she {flipped} (you know, like flipping a house; sprucing it up and then moving the hell on) which would showcase all of the awesome shiz you fix up. I would guest post frequently, showing in graphic detail what happens when you try to beautify your surroundings only to fail miserably because your house f*cking hates you.

    I'm ready when you are to get this little endeavor off the ground. :)

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  6. Looks great! I didn't realize tile would be paintable like that! I know a few people who will love this info!

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  7. Be-Yoo-Teeful!!

    And is it me or is that a new header I spy up there? Love it!!

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  8. Love it. And Heidi's idea is GENIOUS! Can I have a guest post about flipping? As in flipping out on my kids?

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  9. Oh wow, it looks awesome! I love the black/white contrast, well done!

    I want to paint our fireplace, it's all red brick, but hubs is totally in love with the brick. Bummer.

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  10. What a difference! I love the contrast! I'm totally game for painting tile :)

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  11. Amazing! I never knew you cold paint tile!
    xo
    Sharon

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  12. Maybe you should consider turning your blog into something more DIY-ish. You did such a great job! Love the black. You won't have to call chimney cleaners as often.

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  13. Happy SITS day Rachel... I'm already a fan, so i can't be your 1000th follower (bummer)

    You could TOTALLY be a DIY blogger - I'm a huge fan of your DIY posts :)
    xx

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  14. I feel kinda special. I'm your 1,000th follower. Cool, huh? Popping in from SITS and I am loving your blog. You had me at the title. The black on the fireplace looks a million times better, more modern. Nice work, lady!
    annasthirtyone.blogspot.com

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  15. Oooh, that looks very pretty. Would have been great in my previous house where we had a HUGE green fireplace. Very, very ugly. Of course it was a rental so painting would have been out the question. My landlady would have had a heart attach if I had painted her pride and joy.

    Happy SITS Day! Enjoy the comment love today.

    Hanneke

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  16. You are one brave woman! Looks great! Happy SITS day!!
    Blessings!

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  17. You did a great job- kudos!

    Please tell me what camera you have? Your pictures are beautiful & I am in desperate need of a new camera! Thank you!!!

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  18. It looks great. I've got pinkish tile on my fireplace, too. Now you've got me thinking. Hm.

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  19. I like the contrast between the black tile and the white shelves. It looks really good with the fire on!

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  20. It looks great! We have black tile around our basement fireplace as well. I think it's a really nice contrast.

    Happy SITS Day!

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  21. That looks awesome! Who knew you could paint tile...not me! Visiting from SITS, off to explore some more!

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  22. Impressive! You're one very creative woman and your DIY project looks fabulous!

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  23. I love the change! I like darker colors better myself. Great job!

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  24. looks awesome! i had no idea how easy it could be!!

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  25. You're right, it looks much better now, and congrats for having done it yourself. Oh, and happy SITS day!

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  26. I love the look - so much better than the beige/pink tile. Great job!

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  27. You've inspired me. I hate the tile around my fireplace too...and I never even thought to paint it!

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  28. Now that's my kind of crafting! I think you should rule DIY blogging. Happy SITS day

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  29. Wow, I'm so impressed! I had no idea you could paint tile.

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  30. I totally pretend to be a DIY blogger sometimes too! I've heard about painting tile, but I've been leery of it. Your fireplace looks great. And I totally agree that glossy wouldn't have looked good. Nice job! I say go for it in your bedroom. :)

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  31. This is so great! I love the new color.

    Amanda Rose
    http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

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  32. Happy SITS Day!

    Those tiles came out great! I'd love to do that in my house...but I think that the design gods would freak out and cause a plague if I painted over the original 120+ year old brickwork!

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  33. Pretty--when's your stint on HGTV??

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  34. Just popped in from SITS! What a great idea to paint the tile! Gives me an idea for how we can remedy this slight problem we have in the kitchen. Now if only I can buy me some of this special paint.

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  35. I love it. And you're right, it looks so much better!

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  36. That's a great idea. It doesn't look like a tile at all. Good job!
    bathroom tiles

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  37. HAPPY SITS DAY!

    I love the built-ins you have! Very jealous of those! Your pictures look so crisp - what camera do you use?!

    If I ever get a fireplace - I'll keep this post in mind! ;o)

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  38. How could you paint your fireplace in such a perfect manner...It looks awesome and too good indeed...your transformation effort is quite wise and extra-ordinary cool...just need your research paper in the painting arena...

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  40. I did this to my fireplace tile tonight after finding your blog! So many things about your house remind me of mine...must've been built around the same time!

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