How to Remove a Tile Fireplace

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How to Remove a Tile Fireplace
An updated fireplace surround upgrades an entire living room. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

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.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Utility knife
  • Flashlight
  • Pry bar
  • Spackle
  • Trowel

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Repeat this process for all the tiles.

  6. 6

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

  7. 7

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

  8. 8

    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.

  9. 9

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

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