One Room Challenge {Week Five}: Fireplace Tile and an ATR Tile Leveling System Review

A One Room Challenge Update showing off our newly tiled fireplace and furniture arrivals! Plus an ATR Tile Leveling System Review.

We are officially on week five of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda atCalling It Home. Usually, I’d be panicking at this point, like staying up every night until midnight so that I can get the whole room done in time to photograph it for next week’s deadline, but I have big news! The One Room Challenge was extended to a 7th week! This was done to help some of the US participants who have been experiencing some not so great natural disasters, and need a bit more time to work on their spaces. But I’m not complaining – you’ll see how much more work we have to do, including finishing our fireplace tiling job!

A review of the ATR Tile Leveling Alignment System. Which tile leveling system should you use for vertical tile placement, like showers, fireplaces, and walls.

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If you want to catch up and see our progress, follow the weeks below:

Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4
Week 5 / Week 6 / Week 7 (reveal)

We finally started tiling our fireplace this week.. and that’s basically all we got done! lol. Our best chance to work is in the evenings, and we didn’t have every evening free this week, so we sort of failed on the progress front. But good news… we tried a new tiling system that made our lives a HECK of a lot easier!

An ATR Tile Leveling System Review

A review of the ATR Tile Leveling Alignment System. Which tile leveling system should you use for vertical tile placement, like showers, fireplaces, and walls.

When we tackled our Modern Bathroom Renovation, we did a LOT of tiling. When it came to leveling our vertical tiles, we mostly used a small hand level, our eyes, and our fingers to feel whether it was level or not. This time our fireplace is the main focal point of our new living room and we were looking for something a bit more accurate.

A review of the ATR Tile Leveling Alignment System. Which tile leveling system should you use for vertical tile placement, like showers, fireplaces, and walls.

Enter the ATR Tile Leveling System. The way these guys work is that you attach the screw (with the spindle on it) into the flat base, then you put the flat piece down under the tile. You just start setting your tiles, then place one of these bases at each tile intersection. There are bases for two tile, three tile, and four tile intersections.

A review of the ATR Tile Leveling Alignment System. Which tile leveling system should you use for vertical tile placement, like showers, fireplaces, and walls.

Once you have the tiles layed, you tighten up the spindles. This tightening keeps the tiles perfectly level. It works kind of like a clamp and pulls the adjoining tiles into the same plane.

A review of the ATR Tile Leveling Alignment System. Which tile leveling system should you use for vertical tile placement, like showers, fireplaces, and walls.

When the tiles are set and the thin set is dry, you can unscrew the screw/spindle and easily pull it off before you grout the tiles.

A review of the ATR Tile Leveling Alignment System. Which tile leveling system should you use for vertical tile placement, like showers, fireplaces, and walls.

Honestly we were VERY impressed with this system! I couldn’t believe how easy it was to use them, and our tiles are set perfectly. They were easy to use and definitely worth the money. I would definitely recommend the ATR System.

A review of the ATR Tile Leveling Alignment System. Which tile leveling system should you use for vertical tile placement, like showers, fireplaces, and walls.


A review of the ATR Tile Leveling Alignment System. Which tile leveling system should you use for vertical tile placement, like showers, fireplaces, and walls.

So we got the entire front of the fireplace tiled. Just have to do both sides, and grout it all…. shouldn’t be too hard, right?! lol.

A One Room Challenge Update showing off our newly tiled fireplace and furniture arrivals!

Aside from the fireplace, we got a couple of installs done too. Like our new Nest thermostat to control the fireplace temp!

A One Room Challenge Update showing off our newly tiled fireplace and furniture arrivals!

Or our beautiful new sconces beside the fireplace.

A One Room Challenge Update showing off our newly tiled fireplace and furniture arrivals!

Or our new modern outlets from radiant by Legrand!

A One Room Challenge Update showing off our newly tiled fireplace and furniture arrivals!

How beautiful are these screwless wall plates? Have you seen anything like this before? I hadn’t! And I’m in love with how sleek they look!

A One Room Challenge Update showing off our newly tiled fireplace and furniture arrivals!

Not to mention the beautiful outlets themselves! Like the one above with a nightlight, or the one below with usb hubs. So perfect for our modern space!

A One Room Challenge Update showing off our newly tiled fireplace and furniture arrivals!

Since I’m an obsessive list-maker, here’s how I’m doing on my living room to-do list:

  1. Figure out a colour scheme for the room
  2. Paint walls
  3. Paint Ceiling
  4. Buy a couch
  5. Buy new accent furniture
  6. Build side tables
  7. Build fireplace frame
  8. Tile fireplace
  9. Build bench beside fireplace
  10. Make a bench seat
  11. DIY some artwork
  12. Wire and install new sconces
  13. Replace all switches and outlets
  14. Pick out new decor pieces

Please share your thoughts! I’d love to hear what you think of our progress!

20 thoughts on “One Room Challenge {Week Five}: Fireplace Tile and an ATR Tile Leveling System Review

  1. OMG, the tile you chose is stunning! I haven’t seen anything else like it and I am in major love! It is going to look so awesome, what a huge focal pint to your room!

  2. Oh my goodness, alllllll the heart eyes for that tile! I love the sleek, modern design your choosing – the sconces tie in so well with the tile. I am so looking forward to seeing how this room looks when it’s finished!
    Best,
    Kelly

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