Before & After: A Fireplace’s Terrific Tile Turnaround

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(Image credit: Tiffany Leigh)

Tiffany hit the rental jackpot with a gorgeous old fireplace. The only catch is that it came with not-awful-but-not-great yellow tile. Well, all praises be to contact paper because Tiffany was able to totally change the look of the tile and remain on her landlord’s good side.

(Image credit: Tiffany Leigh)

From Tiffany: One of the things that I knew I wanted to change in my rental was the yellow tile surrounding my fireplace. I’ll admit that once I moved in, the yellow tiles grew on me. They were more charming than I originally guessed, but I still felt that they weren’t in keeping with my overall style and vision for the space.

The tricky thing is that this is a rental unit, so I have to be realistic about what I can change and what I have to live with. I want to retile my kitchen backsplash eventually, so I’m saving the ‘ask the landlord’ question for that. Furthermore, I wanted marble and I know that it’s not in the budget, and investing a lot of money into a rental doesn’t make sense for me.

What I really needed was a rental-friendly, non-permanent, easy, no-hassle, and inexpensive solution.

And that’s when it dawned on me, what about something I can peel and stick? So that’s exactly what I did! I ordered this amazing contact paper from my friends at Design Your Wall, and went to work.

For more photos and a tutorial, check out Tiffany’s blog.

Thank you, Tiffany!