How to Install Tile on Gas Fireplace Surrounds

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A gas fireplace is a practical and inviting feature in cold weather, but with the right materials it can also serve as a decorative element year-round. Installing tiles around a fireplace is an enjoyable do-it-yourself project that can be completed inexpensively in a few days.

Things You'll Need

  • Sponge
  • Tile
  • Painter's tape
  • Grout
  • Adhesive
  • Straightedge
  • Level
  • Tile cutter
  • Trowel
  • Grout float
  • Place a dropcloth or tarp on the floor to protect the surrounding area. Line the edges of the walls or molding with painter's tape.

  • On a nearby surface, lay out the tiles in the pattern you desire. Draw the layout directly onto the fireplace surround with a pencil, using the level and a straightedge to keep the pattern even.

  • Cut the tiles into the appropriate sizes if necessary.

  • Apply adhesive to the back of each tile just before you are ready to put it into place. If desired, adhesive also can be applied directly to the fireplace surround using a notched trowel held at a 45-degree angle.

  • Working from the top down, place the tiles into the appropriate section of the surround. After putting all of the tiles in place, allow the adhesive to set for 24 hours.

  • Clean any adhesive that has dried onto the tiles or in the areas to be grouted with a sharp tool, such as a screwdriver. Apply the grout to the grout lines beginning at the top of the fireplace surround and working toward the bottom. Force the grout into the spaces using the edge of the grout float.

  • Allow the grout to dry for at least 48 hours. Wipe away any grout dust with a damp sponge. Apply a strip of caulk designed to resist heat around the edge of the tile.

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