How to Reface a Floor to Ceiling Brick Fireplace


Resurfacing a floor-to-ceiling fireplace might seem like too big of a project to take on alone, but don't worry -- fundamentally, this project is just like refacing even a small fireplace. The actual process may take longer than on smaller fireplaces, but the steps you take remain the same. So don't worry about spending big bucks to get a professional to do the job. You can complete this project on your own in just a few short days, and the look will change the entire ambiance of your room.

Things You'll Need

  • Pry bar
  • Wire brush
  • Cotton rag
  • White vinegar
  • White, latex-modified thinset cement
  • Flat, straight trowel
  • Notched trowel
  • Tiles
  • Remove any surround finishing, like marble or tile, that may be affixed to the fireplace. Do this by working the end of a pry bar between the finishing and the wall, prying all around the finishing until it pops off.

  • Brush the fireplace -- the bricks and the grout joints between them -- with a wire brush. This loosens any weak cement and helps remove any lingering adhesives. Soak a cotton rag in white vinegar and scrub down the entire fireplace, then let it dry for one or two days.

  • Mix together a batch of white thinset cement and scoop it onto a flat, straight trowel. Wipe down the fireplace, coating it in a layer of thinset that covers the brick and fills the grout joints. Let it dry overnight.

  • Spread another layer of thinset over the dried layer from the day before, using a notched trowel this time. Press your tiles into the thinset, twisting them slightly as you press them in to ensure a tight grip.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a quick and easy refacing job, give the brick a coat of high-temperature paint instead of tiling over it.

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