How to Use Faux Tin Tiles Around a Fireplace

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How to Use Faux Tin Tiles Around a Fireplace
Faux tin tiles can dress up this boring fireplace. (David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Having a fireplace in your home truly gives a room a destination point. A warm fire gives an instantly welcoming vibe to any room and a soothing crackling sound. Make your fireplace look even more striking by adding decorative tiles to the exterior. For example, adding a simple faux tin trim would give your fireplace and the subsequent room, a strongly 19th century look. Faux tin tiles with their old-fashioned patterns are regal in appearance and simple to install.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Calculator
  • 50-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Rubber or urethane base adhesive
  • 1-inch nylon brush

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  1. 1

    Examine the fireplace and decide where you want to install the faux tin tiles. For example, you might want a simple row that adorns the mantel in a single strip. On the other hand, you might prefer to cover the entire exterior with faux tin tiles.

  2. 2

    Measure the areas where you plan to install the tiles and calculate how many tiles you'll need. Mark with chalk where the centre tile will be.

  3. 3

    Rub the exterior of the fireplace with 50-grit sandpaper in the exact areas that you plan to install the tiles. Wipe down this area with a tack cloth to remove the dust when finished.

  4. 4

    Apply a rubber or urethane base adhesive to the back of each tile in an "X" shape. Allow the adhesive to evaporate on the back of the tile for 15 minutes before you install it.

  5. 5

    Press the first tile to the centre mark that you created with chalk. Press the tile with your hand for at least a minute to ensure solid adhesion. Dip a 1-inch brush in adhesive and add a thin coat of adhesive around the tile's perimeter. Install tiles in a perfect row from the left and to the right of the this tile. Continue in this manner until you cover the entire surface.

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