I'm not really sure what is going on here... it is 150 years old though so I will cut it some slack.
Although I'm in one of my crazy DIY moods though where any day I will just grab my favorite tool, the crowbar and have at this already disintegrating slate hearth!
And call me crazy but I don't think it would be that difficult to tile this guy - although according to This Old House the level of difficulty is listed as "hard". Either I'm delusional or their definition of hard and mine are completely different!
The main reason I think I could pull this off is because I will be selecting a very small tile... maybe a penny tile or a tiny subway tile... which means NO cutting of tile! (that whole wet tile cutter thing scares me!) and I would just finish off the ends with shoe molding?? Not sure yet. Have to consult contractor brother on the specifics.
Here's what I'm eyeing:
Possibly this fabulous mother of pearl penny tile for the brick surround...
And for some contrast maybe this marble pattern for the hearth?
Not sure yet... I need to price out how much this "little" project would be before I get too excited! BUT for your viewing pleasure - here are my inspiration photos!!
This pattern below is oh so lovely!
Anyone tried doing something like this before?! I'm excited to try this one!