First time tiling… and I’ve got a very visible part of the room to practice on!
We really liked these tiles from Fired Earth – “Umbria Sandstone” – they’re porcelain but manufactured to look like natural stone. This is perfect for our hearth, as we have very rustic rough exposed stone to blend into an otherwise cleaner-cut room.
First problem — they’re too thick to cut with a normal “score and press” tile-cutter, so I purchased a cheapo circular saw type wet-cutter. Second problem, the irregular edge that looks so good on these make it more difficult to line up and measure. Other than that, everything went swimmingly.
Having read various estimates on how long to leave concrete before tiling on top, I decided to just forget about it for a couple of weeks.
Now that it’s had plenty time, I can finally remove the frame
Built this frame (hopefully to the right size) to pour concrete into….
Thanks to DPM for mixing and pouring….
We plan to install a wood burning (actually multi-fuel) stove. The first stage was taking out the old Victorian open fire surround.
Slightly sad to remove an original feature, but [Read more…]