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How to Remove a Tile Fireplace

Your fireplace is expected to be one of the cosy spots in your home; a perfect spot to curl up and read a good book late at night. Depending on the style of the tile, a fireplace covered with ceramic tiles can be a lovely addition to your home, or an eyesore. Perhaps you would prefer a wooden mantel and surround, or you'd like to cover the entire fireplace wall in stone. Removing a tile fireplace surround provides you with a blank slate to upgrade your fireplace wall any way you like.

Place the tip of a flathead screwdriver over a portion of the tile's grout. Tap lightly on the screwdriver's handle with a rubber mallet. The grout will crack. Continue hammering until you break all the way through the grout.

Move the tip of the screwdriver over 1/4 inch. Angle the screwdriver toward the first crack and continue hammering, removing small sections of grout.

Continue working on the grout in this way until you have removed it all.

Slide a putty knife under a tile and move it back and forth to break the bond between the adhesive and the tile. Slip a pry bar behind the tile and apply gentle pressure to pull the tile from the wall.

Repeat this process for all the tiles.

Use a metal scraper to remove all the adhesive stuck to the wall.

Sand the wall with medium-grit sandpaper until it's smooth and free of residue.

Scoop up a couple of tablespoons of spackle with a putty knife and spread it onto a trowel. Smooth the spackle onto any damaged portion of the fireplace wall with the trowel. Let the spackle dry.

Sand the area lightly with fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the spackle and create a smooth, flat wall surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Utility knife
  • Flashlight
  • Pry bar
  • Spackle
  • Trowel
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Lisa East Hunter is a consultant and freelance writer in Phoenix. Her background in marketing and technology led her to explore all avenues of writing. She is currently dividing her time between freelance writing and her consulting business. Hunter has a Bachelor of Science in management information systems and marketing.