We started with the fireplace mantle, (here) and then took off the tile. The destruction took place with me on the couch mostly only occasionally carrying out buckets of broken tile. This was a messy job and my whole house was covered in dust, one of the many things I worked on when I was up and around.
We then used cement backer board around the fireplace opening, we have a gas fireplace. It sat like this for a week.
|I love the new mantle!|
The whole project went fairly quickly and was not difficult. I am not going to show you the finished project just yet, but I am overjoyed with the end result. It is better than I anticipated when we chose the tile!