How To Retile A Corner Electric Fireplace How To Retile A Corner Electric Fireplace
Corner electric fireplaces are a great addition to any house. They take up very little space and are easy to decorate. If the style is outdated and you’d like to retile your fireplace, follow this easy process.
You’ll want to make sure you take very accurate measurements before you purchase the new tile. Remember to purchase extra tiles in case a few pieces break.
If you have a mantel, you may want to try to remove it before undertaking this job. It makes things a lot easier with that extra room to maneuver around. If the mantle is attached to the unit, you can still retile, but it will be more time consuming and require more attention to the measurement details.
Remove Old Tile
You’ll want to use care when removing the old tile. Using your hammer and a nail punch, make a small hole in the first piece of tile to be removed. This will help to break the adhesion and make removing the old tiles easier. Using your hammer and chisel gently chisel away at the old tile until you have it all removed. You will want to make sure you are able to chisel the left over adhesive and grout that may stick around.
Prepare Wall Area
Once the old tile is removed, be sure to clean the surface and allow it to dry completely. You’ll also want to start placing tiles up to get an idea of the fit and design you want. This is a lot easier than placing the tile later then realizing you were hoping for a different look. You’ll also want to measure again; the dimensions may change slightly with the old tile removed. Be sure to mark the placement of the first tile with a pencil to ensure proper placement.
Install New Tile
Now that the surface is ready and you know how you want to place the new tiles, go ahead and start placing them. It’s best to start in the middle and work outward. Some people prefer to start elsewhere. It’s entirely up to you. For measurement purposes though it’s generally recommended to start in the center.
You’ll want to apply the tile adhesive material to the back of the tile, in the center, making sure you cover half of the tile. Place the tile and hold it for just a second or two. The adhesive tends to dry pretty fast.
Once the new tile is in place you can start to fill in the cracks and gaps with tile grout. This is applied with a towel generally, although you could use a framing square.
Follow the instructions per the manufacturer for the grout's drying time. Before the grout has completely dried, use a damp cloth or sponge to remove any excess grout that may be left on the actual tiles.
Once everything is dry you can use a dry rag to dust off any debris that is left behind.