I take breaks from studying to do projects around the house. I decided to redo my fireplace and I SO wish I had a full-on "before" picture. It was painted a reddish brown and had a black tile surround (you can kind of see that above). First, I painted the mantel a semi-gloss white. Then, I added the sandy, multi-color mosaic stone.
I've grouted what I have so far and need to finish with caulking today. My only hold-up at this point is the tiles that need to be cut. I have a tile cutter in my basement but I need help carrying it up. Thankfully my friend Steve is coming over to help me with huge downed limbs in the back yard and hopefully he can help me with that too. Bonus!