My fireplace was painted cinderblock for many years. It was painted when I bought it, so I just painted it the same color as the walls. Bland........ So I spent some time this year stripping off all the layers of paint-there were a lot more layers than I thought!-and putting up tiles and a nicer mantle frame.
So now it's time to do the hearth. It's not big, approx 60x16. There is old tile now that looks probably original. Several tiles are cracked but the mortar seems to have held up OK. But I think the grout has not. Not sure if that's from the heat of the fire or just plain age-my house is about 40 years old.
So, I'd like to find a material that would be good for a hearth? I know rock would be fabulous, and actually gray cement would work well with the colors I've used, I'm seriously considering making my own cement hearth. I am wondering what to use to seal that down, though? Is regular tile mortar the best material? Cement? I know there is special heat-resistant paint you can buy for fireplaces, is there fire-resistant mortar or grout?
I'm this far into the project and ready to finish it up, but now I'm stumped at the hearth!
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