My husband and I have just acquired a great Spanish style house. It needs some love and I wanted to restore it, but also update it. I have just got this beautiful mixed lot of modern Malibu tile on Ebay and found these pictures online of what I want to do with the ugly brick hearth. There are also some neat alcoves outside and I have got these great murals from the the same tile studio to set in them. I am wondering about tiling over the brick and also what do I need to do to prime the stucco? Does it need to come off if it is cracked?