Vintage Fireplace / July 19, 2018 / Gloria Chun.
Franklin Fireplaces - This stove is pure Americana. It was designed by Benjamin Franklin, and early American inventor, craftsman, and President. All wood stoves used for heating owe their heritage to Benjamin Franklin, and his efficient design.
Applying the Tile. To apply the tile, mix a small amount of mortar, spreading it on the surface using the notched trowel. Then, set the tile sheets securely into the wet mortar. You can use your grout float to press the tiles evenly into the grout-covered surface. If necessary, use spacers between the sheets of tile to maintain uniform spacing. Once the mortar has dried according to package instructions, inspect your newly tiled surface.
Throughout our history, we have had a love-hate relationship with our fireplaces. Love that cozy look and feel; hate the mess and work. Mantelpieces, on the other hand, are more likely to fall into the pure-love department.
A ruler or tape measure, bucket, sponge and utility knife can also come in handy. Sheets of small mosaic tile which are connected by a backing material are the easier to install as compared to small individual tiles. Select white mortar if you are planning to use light-colored grout, and gray if you plan to use dark-colored grout. Unless you have experience installing mosaic tile, you should avoid fast-setting mortar.