We're about to have our floors professionally sanded and varnished, a in the small bedroom upstairs there is an old hearth in front of a boarded-up fireplace. It is tiled, but some of the tiles are missing and have been filled-in with concrete.
What would be a suitable way of restoring the hearth just so it looks ok when the floors are sanded? Options I thought of are:
1. removing the remaining tiles and levelling the hearth and then painting.
2. removing the remaining tiles and concrete and re-tiling
I basically need a fairly easy and cheap way of smartening it up. If I do need to chip out the old concrete (about a 6-inch square area) would I need some kind of power tool to do this (I have a power drill)?
Thanks for the reply Alda. I actually already have the fireplace itself plasterboarded over, so it just looks like a regular wall. It is the exposed hearth (part-concrete repairs, part-tiles) that I need to smarten up a bit.
Do you mean I can clad this with MDF? It wouldn't be walked over much, as its right next to the wall, but it would need to be strong enough to take the weight of someone.
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