Before & After: DIY Fireplace Makeover

Before & After: DIY Fireplace Makeover

Janel Laban
Jul 30, 2010

Chicago is full of great vintage apartments; places where architectural details (amazing built-ins) and finishes (lots of golden oak) show us what the interior "ideal" was a hundred years ago. But that doesn't mean every one of these details is in good shape or hold appeal to our modern design sensibilities.

The challenge when living in these vintage spaces is to find a way to enjoy the history while tweaking things just enough to feel updated and fresh...while not destroying the original pieces in the process. Add in being a renter, and the challenges increase.

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and it inspired her own take on this totally temporary (keyword for renters!) DIY solution. By using lightweight panels attached with velcro, she was able to cover the old, in need of work tilework facade without causing any damage.

All the details (including sources and budget): Mint Demode

Images: Mint Demode

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