Smart Tiles DIY Fireplace Makeover

I’m excited to be sharing my Smart Tiles DIY Fireplace Makeover with you just in time for the holidays! You see, at the end of the summer I finally decided to tackle the first of two fireplace makeovers I’ve been wanting to do since we moved into our home four years ago.  I wouldn’t say I’m the handiest or most crafty gal around when it comes to DIY projects.  I was however, determined to have both my fireplaces completed before Christmas.  Since the Stenciled Tile DIY Makeover in our family room was such a huge success, I was feeling motivated to get going on the fireplace in our living room! Here is what it looked like before:

Yes, our home was built in the 90’s.  Initially I didn’t mind this black glass tile.  However,  once I painted the brass slats black (which I’m so glad I did!) it became a bit of a black hole on this wall.  Since a complicated or costly fireplace renovation was not a priority right now, I was on the hunt for a simpler, cost-effective alternative.

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I found that Smart Tiles are easy to install peel and stick tiles that are heat and humidity resistant.  They can be used around a fireplace and are perfect for a kitchen or bathroom backsplash.

There are many style and colour options from neutral to bold to choose from and a convenient on-line calculator to determine how much you’ll need for your project. I chose Metro Carrera, which has an elegant white and grey marble look. It’s also worth noting that they are removable should you want to change up your look in the future.

smart tiles diy fireplace makeover materials:

  1. Smart Tiles
  2. Level
  3. Utility Knife
  4. Cutting Surface

Yes, that’s it!

smart tiles diy fireplace makeover method:

  1. Wipe down the existing tile with a damp cloth.
  2. Measure the first tile and using a level, cut off the excess with a utility knife.
  3. Peel off the backing and press into place.
  4. Repeat this, lining up the grout lines until you need to trim your end piece to fit.

My husband and I completed this project in one afternoon.  Ready to see how it turned out?

So good right?!? I can’t even believe this isn’t real tile and couldn’t be happier with the results!

I hope you found my Smart Tiles DIY fireplace makeover helpful and consider giving them a try. For your convenience, I’ve linked some peel and stick tiles below.


I’m so excited to show you how I’ve decorated this new space for the holidays! Be sure to check back later this week when I’ll be joining some blogger friends for our Christmas home tour.

Judy xo



  1. Linda
    October 10, 2019 / 2:36 pm

    I love this project. What type of paint? affect is on the mantelpiece and its surrounds. It looks very bobble and i love that effect?

    • lifeisbetterathome
      December 3, 2019 / 12:44 pm

      Hi Linda, glad you enjoyed this DIY. I honestly don’t know the material that was used as it was already done when we purchased the home.

  2. Allison
    November 11, 2019 / 8:33 pm

    Did these go right over your old tiles?

    • lifeisbetterathome
      December 3, 2019 / 12:41 pm

      Hello Allison, yes right over. I had smooth glass tile underneath so no problem at all. I think they would work fine over stone tile as well though.

  3. Venus
    December 3, 2019 / 4:43 am

    Wondering how your smart tiles have held up to heat of fireplace? Need to know as considering this project, thanks so much!

    • lifeisbetterathome
      December 3, 2019 / 12:40 pm

      Hello Venus, a year later and they are holding up great!

  4. Melanie
    December 7, 2019 / 5:40 am

    Do u think the tiles would lay on brick?

  5. Amelia
    January 2, 2020 / 6:25 am

    How many boxes did you need to complete the fireplace?

    • lifeisbetterathome
      January 2, 2020 / 8:18 pm

      Hi Amelia! I believe we needed about 24 sheets for this project, maybe less. They have a handy tile calculator on their site if you measure your space: Also their customer service is excellent if you need any help!

  6. Amber
    January 20, 2020 / 4:00 pm

    What color of smart tile did you use for this prospect? Love it!

    • lifeisbetterathome
      March 2, 2020 / 8:31 am

      Thanks Amber! I used “Metro Carrera”

  7. Susan Arnold
    February 28, 2020 / 8:27 am

    What is the name of this exact tile pattern? I love it!

    • lifeisbetterathome
      March 2, 2020 / 8:33 am

      Thanks Susan! It’s called “Metro Carrera”

  8. Lauren
    March 4, 2020 / 8:55 am

    what kind of paint did you use to paint the brass black?

    • lifeisbetterathome
      March 4, 2020 / 11:33 am

      Hi Lauren,

      I used High Heat Rust-Oleum paint in matte black πŸ™‚

  9. Sarah
    March 4, 2020 / 11:10 am

    How did you paint the brass? What paint? Can it withstand the heat?

    • lifeisbetterathome
      March 4, 2020 / 11:32 am

      Hi Sarah, I used High Heat Rust-oleum in matte black and YES it can πŸ™‚

  10. Cindy
    April 27, 2020 / 8:54 pm

    I have the same black fireplace with the brass doors and I have been researching painting the brass. I love what you did with the tile! Did you need to sand the brass before you painted. Also, we use our fireplace a lot in the winter and have these products held up to the heat? Thanks so much, looks beautiful!

    • lifeisbetterathome
      May 13, 2020 / 11:05 am

      Hi Cindy! I used a high heat spray paint for the brass that is meant for BBQ’s. No sanding was required, just wipe it down with a damp cloth beforehand. Both the brass and the tile have held up very well!

  11. Tiffany
    June 23, 2020 / 1:40 pm

    Where was the center piece above your mantel purchased?

    • lifeisbetterathome
      June 29, 2020 / 9:40 pm

      Hi Tiffany! It’s a juju hat purchased from The Cross Decor. If you follow me on the app it will take you straight to the link to order πŸ™‚

  12. John
    October 27, 2020 / 7:04 am

    This looks fantastic! My fireplace looks almost identical (black mirrored tile with black insert) and I’d like to do almost the same project.

    A few questions:
    – Do you use your fireplace and does the heat affect the smart tiles?
    – When fireplace is on, is there any odor from the adhesives/tile?
    – Have you ever removed the tiles and do they leave a residue or damage when doing so?

    • lifeisbetterathome
      January 16, 2021 / 5:30 pm

      Hi John! The heat does not affect the smart tiles and no odour at all. I’ve never removed them so unfortunately I cant speak to that. I guess it depends if you might go back to the existing surface or not. I wouldn’t in my case so it wasn’t an issue. Hope that helps!

  13. Teri Kale
    November 14, 2020 / 4:09 pm

    Do you think this would work on the small portion of floor that currently has the same old tile as around the fireplace?

    • lifeisbetterathome
      January 16, 2021 / 5:26 pm

      Hi Teri πŸ™‚ Yes I think this would totally work on the floor too!

  14. Deborah Scara
    December 29, 2020 / 7:35 pm

    Hey, I like to know when can you buy the smart tiles

    • lifeisbetterathome
      January 16, 2021 / 5:19 pm

      Hi Deborah! I’ve added a “Shop The Post” link at the end of the blog. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

  15. Brittany Kegley
    January 10, 2021 / 12:17 pm

    We don’t have a frame around the tile on our fire place do you think the smart tiles would look weird without having the wood frame?

    • lifeisbetterathome
      January 16, 2021 / 5:17 pm

      Hi Brittany, not at all! I think it would have a modern, minimal look πŸ™‚ Hope that helps!

  16. Elyse
    March 16, 2021 / 5:48 pm

    If your fireplace had a hearth would you put the smart tiles on them or paint it?

    • lifeisbetterathome
      March 16, 2021 / 9:42 pm

      Hi Elyse! I think either would look good. If your hearth is raised I would say paint. If it’s on the floor then I think you could continue with the tiles. Hope that helps πŸ˜ƒ

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