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Advice for re-tiling an old coal fireplace

Postby MrVimes » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:46 am

I've recently moved into a property with an old an unattractive fireplace that is badly in need of some tlc.
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Fireplace in it's most complete appearance.

There's a lot of damaged tiles, the grout is loose or missing in some places, the base is loose from the surround and most of all I think it's really ugly.
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With the loose base and tiles removed.

I've never done any kind of tiling before and although I have an idea of the basics I'd like some advice as to materials, tools and process for replacing the old tiles - bearing in mind I am very much on a budget so I can't afford a professional but I am handy with things and a quick learner.
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All the loose and damaged tile parts stacked up.

I assume I'll need tiles (duh) - but are there specific kinds for fireplaces? Grout - again is there a special type? Spacers? Possibly concrete to repair the loose base and reattach it? Also how should I go about removing the old tiles safely?
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Loose base pulled back.

Thanks in advance!
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