Not sure if this is the proper sub-forum for this question. I hope the right people notice it and respond!
I'm going to be finishing off a new family room for my wife's sister & her family. Built-in bookshelves on both sides of the fireplace enclosure, blah blah blah...
Here's my situation & question: Most likely I'm going to tile between the fireplace itself and the mantel legs, skirt and cap. I'll also build a hearth.
Do I need to put 1/4" cement backer board in that small tiled space, or do you think I can by with simply adhering the tile to the drywall that's already there?
To give you an idea of what I'm working with, as well as what I'm aiming for, I've included a picture of the way the fireplace enclosure now is, and an example of what it will be.
Finished Product (approximate idea):