Believe it or not, one of my favorite remodels was the quickest and easiest project I've done to date. It was also one of the first projects I did when I moved in - the fireplace. Here was the fireplace when we bought the house:
As you can see, the same faux pink marble from the entry was carried to the fireplace. I knew instantly what I wanted to do with it - black stone! And unlike most of my early projects, I am still happy with my decision. It was one of those projects that I didn't pinch every penny on, so I got exactly what I wanted. Check it out:
So let me tell you what I loved about using this tile: 1. It didn't need to be grouted. I just used a dark mortar, put it on and that's that. 2. The black stone was on a mesh mount and all I had to use to cut the end pieces to size was a nifty handheld tile nipper from Lowe's.
The cost? Admittedly, it was not the most price-effective option at almost $15/square foot, but it was worth every penny.I loved it four years ago, and I love it now. And with it being in the living room, it's something I look at every single day. But the real beauty of the project was how little time it took. From start to finish, the whole project took 3 hours - just proving that not every project has to be complex to make a statement.