Painting a Fireplace Tile Surround

When we bought our house, the tile around our fireplace was forest green, circa 1991. I didn’t want to spend a lot on a contractor to re-tile and I didn’t want to take on the job of trying to break the tile to remove it myself. After doing some research I decided to paint the tile surround. I chose an enamel paint, in a contemporary medium grey color, which contrasts nicely with my light taupe paint and white wood fireplace mantle.
Because the green tile was so dark, I decided to paint a coat of white paint first. I used a drop cloth to catch spills and used blue painter tape on the wood frame so I could paint a clean edge. I used a small foam roller to avoid having brush strokes for the majority of the tiles, and I used a small brush to paint up against the edges.


It took several coats but fortunately painting tile around a fireplace doesn’t take long, you just have to allow ample drying time between coats. We have a thin metal frame directly around our fireplace and I tried using painter tape to keep this unpainted but because it’s a thin edge that’s raised a little I could never get the tape to adhere to it well, so I decided to paint it. This turned out better than I thought.

Voila! A fireplace that went from 1999 to 2017 very easily and affordable.