Hey friends. Do you have ugly ceramic tile in your house? We have the same style in our foyer, hallway, and kitchen, and while I don’t mind it on the floor, I do mind that the tile crawled up my fireplace too. I painted the mantel and some of the tiles a couple of years ago, and I love the new color (Behr’s Cracked Pepper, my paint color soul mate), but I didn’t really research how to paint ceramic tile first, and it hasn’t held up very well.
I put a chair in front of the peeling paint to photograph our fall mantel, but you can still see it.
I used Behr’s awesome paint and primer combo, but I guess it doesn’t have enough primer power for tile. The paint was peeling wherever the fireplace screen touched it.
We don’t ever use the fireplace; I married a city boy engineer, and as cute as he is, he doesn’t like flames in the house. (If you actually use yours, please ask a pro what kind of paint you should use.)
So besides learning how to paint ceramic tile the right way, I also needed a solution to an unused and dusty fireplace that sucked warm air out and let cold air in and was covered in an equally dusty and scratchy fireplace screen. #runonsentence
This past weekend, I decided that primer is a MUST, and that unused fireplace screens are not, and I set about to rectify my mistake and solve a problem.
I sanded lightly just to remove the loose paint in those four corners, and scrubbed the “hearth” clean using hot water, vinegar, and a couple of drops of dish soap.
My engineer cut a piece of foam insulation to fit the fireplace opening.
Next came a coat of Zinsser Bull’s Eye 1-2-3 Primer (that’s an affiliate link) on the hearth, and the bare spots.
A tip for painting next to carpet: Use shipping tape to hold the carpet fibers away from your newly painted surface; it works like a charm.
Ok friends, I know this is looking pretty ugly right now, but I promise to have new paint and a fun, farmhouse style way to cover the insulation by Friday.
PROMISE ME you’ll come back so that this image isn’t stuck in your head for too long, ok?
Have a great day!!
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