Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Operation Hearth Re-Tile - The Tile Shop Inspiration

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may remember that over the winter I developed a major itch to demo our old fireplace hearth and replace it with something dreamy {and more our taste} from The Tile Shop.

When we purchased our home, we were sooo excited to have a fireplace, but the finishes of it definitely weren’t our style.



The wood trim got a fresh coat of white, and so did the dingy, dirty red brick.


The brass screen was sprayed painted a brushed silver, and the worn, unattractive red tile was primed and painted a charcoal gray.  {Don't mind the old Christmas decorations...we moved in on Christmas Eve.}



That solution worked for the short-term.  It helped to bring our fireplace into this decade, but then, you know me...I grew tired of the paint chipping up, and I started dreaming of how much better the fireplace could be.  In other words, I got antsy to cross another project off the list.  I decided it was time to try my hand at tiling.  Ahhhh!!

To get some inspiration for the project, I headed to The Tile Shop showroom, which luckily, just opened a few months ago near our house.  I thought I would make a bee-line for the marble tile choices, but I was mistaken.  The minute I stepped in their doors, I was drawn to all the beautiful displays they had set up.  My absolute favoriteeeee was this bathroom.  I loved every. single. thing. about. it.



After lots of unintentional browsing, I was able to remind myself that I was there for our hearth project, not for a bathroom re-do…so I made my way to the marble mosaic tiles.  I think it's safe to say that I am obsessed with marble tile.  The white and grey veining is perfect for our home, and I love that it’s a classic material.  If it's cut into square tiles, it can be traditional....subway tiles, it can be classic...and then there is the hex tile.  Ahhhhh, the hex tile.  Pardon me while I swoon. ;)



I love that in marble, the hex tile is a classic choice, with a modern twist...perfect for the look we wanted to achieve on our hearth!  {And I'm not gonna lie...some subway tile in a herringbone pattern would also be UH-mazing, but the thought of that was a little nerve-wracking for me to take on for my first tile job.  Eeeeek!!  Maybe that'll be the right choice for a backsplash when the time comes. ;)}

Thank you, Tile Shop for totally indulging my love of hex tiles.  I was able to drool all over them and narrow down my choice to the 1" and 2" mosaics, seen above. 

So with all of that inspiration in mind, it was time to get to business.  I was ready to show that old hearth who is boss!!


***Although I was super, duper lucky to get some free tile and materials for this project from The Tile Shop, this is not a sponsored post.  I've always promised to keep it real with you guys, so I wanted to let you guys know how much they rock! :)***

51 comments:

  1. I love marble hex (we have it as flooring in our family bathroom) and you really can't go wrong with it - great choice!

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    1. Ohhh, I bet it looks gorgeous in there! Thanks Brit! :)

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  2. Cool cool cool! I like where this is going.

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  3. I'm excited to see how this project turned out! And I'm jealous that you have a tile shop nearby!

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    1. I'm not going to lie...I'm super happy I have one close to me! It's a fantastic store! :)

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  4. I love the tile that you chose! I can't wait to see how it turns out!

    And how lucky that you got some stuff for free! That's awesome!

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    1. Thanks Ashley! Yea, I'm so thankful for The Tile Shop sponsoring our project! :)

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  5. oooo and you are leaving us hanging, I want to see the results!

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    1. ;)...keeping you guys wanting more! {Kinda like the AT&T commercial...we want more! Please tell me you know what I'm talking about.}

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  6. ha ha ha! i am sure you saw decor and the dog's post today? you guys picked a similar one to highlight.... maybe even the same one. i LOVE the choice. i want to come make out with your hearth.

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    1. I did! Great minds...hahaha! Thanks so much, Cassie!! You are totally welcome to. I pet it all the time. Swoooooon. ;)

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  7. I'm drooling over all the pretty tile! I remember seeing some pretty amazing sneak peaks on your Instgram so can't wait to see your finished project & tile tips :)!!

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    1. Thanks Katrina!! :) Can't wait to share everything with you guys!

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  8. That is very you. It is going to look great. I love your quick fix until you could get to the tile project.

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  9. Yay for hex tile! Can't wait to see it finished! And good for you for scoring some free tile!

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  10. Oooo... that tile is ridiculously gorgeous. I heart marble, too.

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  11. Love it....but I'm sure you know that already!! Lucky for me I follow you on Instagram so I know how awesome it turned out;)

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  12. Love visiting the tile shop! The tile you picked is gorgeous!

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    1. Me too! I could spend a ton of time in there! Thank you, Kate! :)

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  13. I can't wait to see how it turns out!!!!!
    -Katie

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  14. I love love love this tile!! The hex shape rocks my socks :)

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    1. Thanks Whitney! Mine too...I totally swoon over it all. the. time.

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  15. Absolutely love marble tile! (In any shape.) I can hardly wait to see the finished fireplace--it's going to be gorgeous, I'm sure!

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    1. Aw, thanks so much! So glad you stopped by! :)

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  16. I love the tile you guys went with! We desperately need to do the same to our fireplace!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! Ohhh, your fireplace would look awesome all jazzed up! {Yup, totally just used the word jazzed. Oh, jeez.}

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  17. Ohhhh man... this is gonna be good!

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  18. I've been looking at that same tile! It makes me swoooon!

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    1. Me too!! I can't help it...it's just so. darn. pretty.

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  19. Awesome job scoring free tile!! Can't wait to see the finished project!

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  20. I adore hex tile. So classic yet modern at the same time. Can't wait to see how it turns out!!

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    1. I totally agree, Sarah! Can't wait to share it with you guys! :)

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  21. Wow seine sehr genial und dekorativ scheint, werden Sie mir empfehlen einige weitere Tipps rund um Kaminsanierung wien bitte. Vielen Dank.

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  22. That hex tile is exactly what I'm hoping to use for our bathroom floor. So gorgeous. I'd love to work with The Tile Shop on my own project and get some free tile and materials. How did you approach them?

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    1. I reached out to them via email about working together. They were a wonderful company to work with. Good luck, Jill!

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  23. I love your blog. This is a cool site and I wanted to post a little note to tell you, good job! Best wishes!!!

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    1. Thank you so very much! I absolutely LOVE your website!! :)

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  24. Could you tell me the name of this tile? I absolutely love it! I don't have a Tile Shop in my state and will need to order a sample.

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    1. I think this is the tile we used. Hope it helps! :) http://www.tileshop.com/product/productdetail.aspx?familyID=2757&recordID=5086481

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