This is a project I’ve been wanting to ‘get around to’ for a very long time.
Speaking of that, have you ever seen a round ‘tuit’? I remember many years ago we were traveling somewhere and stopped at this little store, and by the cash register was a bowl full of little wooden discs. Each disc was inscribed with the word ‘TUIT’.
The Wiktionary cheekily defines it thus:
(humorous) A circular object giving its owner the ability to get done everything that would have otherwise been put off to a later date “when they got around to it”.
Well, there are many things on my ’round tuit’ list… and this stone fireplace surround project was one of them!
Since we bought our home about 6 years ago, I have never been crazy about the tile around our fireplace. I didn’t quite know what to do in its place, I just knew it wasn’t working for me.
And then I went to the Haven blog conference in Atanta last summer and that’s when I heard bells! One of the vendors there had developed an awesome stone product that installs like tile. The product is Aspect Peel and Stick Tiles.
But the best part? It’s real stone! It is thinly sliced stone with an adhesive backing. I’m not even kidding. Stick-on stone! It’s the greatest thing since press-on nails!
Everybody at Haven had the opportunity to choose a tile (they have some awesome glass and metal tiles for backsplash applications too) and they would send us 20 sq. feet of our choice. They sent me the stone tile in Medley Slate.
Wow, when I heard that, I knew immediately that 20 sq. feet would be about what I would need to complete our stone fireplace surround. It just took me a while to get a round ‘tuit’!
Seriously, it took me a few months to move this project from the back burner to the front. I’m so glad I did!! The stone is so beautiful – it even has great texture and different depths of profile, even on the same tile.
It was my kind of project – I really enjoyed laying out the tiles in a pleasing pattern. This was a project that I did totally by myself – yep, it’s THAT easy! Thank you to Aspect Ideas for donating the tile to try!!
Tell me, how do you like our new stone fireplace surround?
I can’t wait to show you the fireplace with the mantel all decorated for the holidays. My 3rd annual Home for the Holidays Blog Tour is coming up next week, and we have an amazing line-up for you! 30 blogs in 5 days covering everything from mantels to tablescapes to holiday crafts! Don’t miss it!
Have an awesome day!
I’m sharing this on Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch!