Beautiful Tiled Fireplace and Mantel Update

It’s day 2 of our Holiday Guest Series, and we are excited to welcome Sabrina back! She shared her bathroom makeover with us here, and she’s back today to show how she updated her tiled fireplace and mirrored mantel, on a budget, for this beautiful finished look in her beautiful living room:

How to update a dated tile fireplace and mirrored mantel -- such a great DIY job for a fresh look! Pink Little Notebook on

Sabrina has all the details of her makeover below, and check out these other mantel updates as you scroll…

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Here’s Sabrina to show you how she updated her tile fireplace and mirrored mantel from “meh” to AMAZING! Give her a warm welcome back:

This tiled fireplace makeover is AMAZING! Beautiful marble hexagon tile, plus using wood filler to fill in the grooves to make the mantel more modern! And the DIY mantel pillars are brilliant, and so simple

DIY Tiled Fireplace and Mirrored Mantel Makeover
by Sabrina from Pink Little Notebook

Gorgeous neutral living room with a DIY fireplace makeover (and an easy way to DIY pillars!)

Hey all! I’m Sabrina, the girl behind the home improvement blog, Pink Little Notebook. I document the ups-and-downs of renovating my home alongside my husband, Mike. I’m always experimenting with some sort of DIY project and I love sharing what I’ve learned so be sure to stop by and check out some of my before and after home transformations.
Today I wanted to share one of our recent makeovers—our gas fireplace. It was old, it was dingy and more importantly, it didn’t work. Before we even began the update on this corner fireplace, we had to replace our gas insert. We did hire a certified installer for this part, however, the rest of the finishing’s were completely done by my hubby and I.
Before and After mantel makeover using mirror above fireplace Pink Little Notebook featured on @Remodelaholic
After contemplating a variety of ways to tackle this corner unit, we decided to keep the oversized mirror above the mantel. This mirror didn’t want to budge at all. Taking it down, meant replacing messy drywall so instead I worked it into the design.
Mantel update using marble hex tiles, oversized mirror, and diy pillars Pink Little Notebook featured on @Remodelaholic
To begin this project, we started by creating a mini soffit. This helped with two things we needed to address: 1) hide the electrical wires from our pot lights that were recently installed; and 2) create a nice transition from the crown molding to the soffit.
mini soffit for mantel redesign, diy fireplace makeover Pink Little Notebook featured on @Remodelaholic
To secure the MDF box to the ceiling, brackets and screws were used from the inside of the frame. Another MDF piece was nailed to the bottom to close and complete the look of the soffit.
marble hex tile for fireplace update Pink Little Notebook featured on @Remodelaholic
Next we added a classic marble hex tile to dress up the surround of the fireplace. Make sure to refer to your fireplace’s manual to make sure you are meeting the minimum clearance for combustible and non-combustible materials.
Marble hex tile for mantel makeover Pink Little Notebook featured on @Remodelaholic
marble tile used in fireplace surround, DIY mantel update Pink Little Notebook featured on @Remodelaholic
Once the tile was glued and grouted, we were able to put the old mantel back up and begin framing the mirror.
MDF panels to frame existing mirror, DIY fireplace remodel Pink Little Notebook featured on @Remodelaholic
Using MDF panels cut-to-size, we glued directly on top of the mirror using PL Premium (a permanent constructive adhesive). We used a width of 8″ on the two sides while using a width of 3″ for the top and bottom panels. A great trick to keep everything from shifting while the glue is drying is to use a good quality painters tape.
 DIY Mantel pillars using plastic pipe Pink Little Notebook featured on @Remodelaholic
I wanted to add visual interested to this fireplace so I came up with the idea of adding pillars to either side of the mirror. However, purchasing pillars is a costly expense so I made my own out of 3″ plastic pipe.
 DIY mantel pillars for fireplace makeover Pink Little Notebook featured on @Remodelaholic
In order to secure the pipe to the fireplace, we came up with these very clever decorative bases out of leftover MDF. We simply put glue inside the pipe to make sure it wouldn’t twist and nailed the base to the mantel and soffit.
DIY mantel pillars for fireplace surround update Pink Little Notebook featured on @Remodelaholic
I patched up the existing grooves on the legs of the fireplace surround for a sleek look and filled any reminding seams and nail marks.
DIY corner fireplace update Pink Little Notebook featured on @Remodelaholic
I’m all about details so in order to give the mirror a finished professional look, I added cove molding along with a thin decorative trim around the perimeter of the mirror. It was glued directly over the seam where the cove molding meets the MDF. Again I secured it with painters tape until it dried.
Cove molding as mirror frame, DIY mantel makeover Pink Little Notebook featured on @Remodelaholic
When the final coat of paint was completed, the last step was to attach our homemade pillars
homemade pillars for DIY corner fireplace update Pink Little Notebook featured on @Remodelaholic

and voila we ended up this. . .

How to update a dated tile fireplace and mirrored mantel -- such a great DIY job for a fresh look! Pink Little Notebook on
Marble hex tile in DIY fireplace surround makeover Pink Little Notebook featured on @Remodelaholic
IKEA hack console, with corner fireplace DIY makeover, marble tile, oversize mirror over mantel Pink Little Notebook featured on @Remodelaholic
Source List:

Gas Fireplace: Napoleon Ascent 36 Vented Gas Fireplace
Wall Colour: F-Stop (P5243-44), PARA Paints (eggshell finish)
Trim & Fireplace Colour: Whitewash White (P2089-00), PARA Paints (satin finish)
Tile: Marble Hexagon Mosaic Tile 1.2″

Cost Breakdown for Updating Mantel/Fireplace Surround:

Fireplace Mantel: $0 (salvaged old fireplace)
Paint/Putty/Glue: $0 (leftover from other projects)
MDF sheets for framing: $40
Cove Molding + Decorative Trim: $25
Plastic pipe: $15
Marble hex tile: $95

Total: $175
(does not include cost of new gas fireplace insert)


Thank you so much for sharing with us, Sabrina! What a beautiful update!

Remodelaholics, head over to Pink Little Notebook to see more of Sabrina’s DIYs and style, like how to paint stair risers in 10 seconds or less and her foyer makeover

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Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.

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  1. I love these. I have a builder grade basic mantle in our basic new construction home Since the TV is above it, I get to stare at my bland sad fireplace everyday. This post is so helpful. Thank you!!