Covering brick fireplace with tile. Since id be adding 34 wood over the entire fireplace covering the brick and makeshift supports all the way up to the mantel. Go over the entire area with a wire brush to dislodge any loose mortar then scrub off the soot with a rag soaked in white vinegar. Keep setting tiles until you reach the top of the surround.
Cover the hearth with a drop cloth and remove the mantel and anything else thats attached to the brick. Use cement nails to attach 1 inch by 4 foot boards to the mortar building a frame around the fireplace leaving 12 inches for tile installation around the firebox open. Tiling over an existing brick fireplace can create a dramatic new look or restore some natural beauty if the brick has been painted over.
If the mantel is a fixed part of the fireplace lay the tiles over top of it. In many cases skim coating the existing brick with thinset will create a strong smooth surface for tile installation. Covering up the brick with a more modern material such as marble tile can transform the fireplace surround and help it fit in better with more modern furnishings.
Place tile spacers around the tiles and add thinset as you go. In this picture slide show video we are refacing an older fireplace from brick into tile. Learn how to cover your brick fireplace to transform it from dated to modern farmhouse style with stone painted wood and a solid rustic pine mantel.
I renovated with a tile over brick fireplace solution to dress it up a bit. Attach plywood to the 1 by 4s and sheetrock on top of the plywood. Choose from ceramic tile or natural stone tile like marble granite or slate.