The day we decided to add it in to our house plans, I was huddled in a corner, biting my nails, shaking, freaking out about the added expense. We LOVED the mantel and surround on the fireplace -- it was nice and beefy: It’s a mix of greens, rusts, browns and greys and I’m telling you, it’s SO gorgeous.
Oh the colors are luscious, and they match the mosaic tiles perfectly.
My father-in-law took the old tile off before reinstalling the new stuff – and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. One thing to consider when using slate – each tile will vary in thickness, so be careful when installing.
But if you use this on a floor, it’s something you’ll want to watch for both looks and preventing catching your toes. We also sealed the tile after everything was installed (you need to wait a certain amount of time before doing so, check the instructions) – I absolutely recommend doing this because it really brings out the colors in the tile and makes them even more deep and beautiful!
Even though the bars get hot, the spray paint has held up great! I thought I’d have to use a high heat paint, but the ORB works just fine. It’s an oldie but goodie but I love it so much I figured it was worth mentioning again. And after my thrifty tile shopping and my father-in-law’s mad skills: