I fully realize I need to start another project like I need a hole in my head, but it’s hard to stop the wheels from turning. If you get it, you get it.
One thing that keeps catching my attention when I looked around the living room is the fireplace surround. The color is actually quite nice, but the glossy finish bugs me a bit. We’ve done a few bigger projects through the spring and summer and we’re not going to take on a total makeover of this fireplace, so I started researching some easy and inexpensive fixes that wouldn’t involve removing the mantle and jacking out granite.
Painting it was an obvious option and I know it can be done and done well, but I couldn’t envision it. I don’t want a cement or delft tile look with a strong pattern. I couldn’t picture a hand painted design. A solid color would probably look like I just painted my tiles, which isn’t a look I want.
So, I started looking into anything I could simply stick on the tile. Sticky-back brick panels, faux tile wallpaper, stone veneer, marble contact paper, and stick-on tile. I finally purchased some white Smart Tile in a subway (affiliate link) from Home Depot to tape it up on the fireplace and see how it looked.
I will say, I was pretty impressed with the product itself and how nice it looks. It really does read as tile and, since it’s heat and moisture resistant, would be a great option for a backsplash, a fireplace surround, or in a bathroom (just not in a shower).
In the case of my fireplace, though, it was just going to be too much white and the style just wasn’t right. (There are other tile designs, but I wasn’t excited about any of those, either.)
I returned the tile and shelved the idea of an easy and inexpensive fireplace makeover. I have plenty of other things to keep me busy!
But then, I received an e-mail from a reader. She shared how she sanded her shiny black granite fireplace surround, essentially giving it a honed finish. I had actually looked into honing, but dismissed it, thinking it wasn’t a doable DIY project after reading some articles about honing granite. It turns out that it really can be done with some sand paper and patience. Well, in the case of the reader who shared the result of her project with me at least.
Soooo… I’m going to give that a try. I will test it out on the side of the slab, so if I just scratch up the granite, it won’t be a big deal and I can put the project back on the shelf once more and no harm done. If it does work, though, it’ll be a completely free makeover (because I already have every grit of sand paper known to man in my stash.)
I’m still recovering from the laundry room makeover, but I’ll probably test it out in the next couple of weeks…