Transform your space with this simple DIY fireplace makeover that can be done in under an hour!
If there is a feature in your home that makes you groan every time you walk by it... it's time to do something about it!
For me, it was the dull gray tiling around my fireplace. It wasn't terrible - but it seemed plain and uninteresting.
My living room has a modern glam vibe to it and I knew I needed to make some changes to bring the room to its full potential.
As far as the tiling goes, I wanted something different from the standard white marble. I already had it featured in other areas of my home and I wanted something unique.
After some thought, I decided on a DIY fireplace makeover using black marble contact paper!
This is the fireplace before:
Eventually, I would like retile the whole fireplace. For now, this was a great way to temporarily give me the look I wanted.
As I mentioned before, I am all about visuals! I wasn't 100% sure that I would love the black marble tile, so this was a great way to see it in real life without spending a lot of money.
To complete this project, there were only a few supplies needed:
That is all. 🙌
To start, I made sure to wipe down the tile with a damp paper towel to make sure I got the best adhesion possible. Then, I measured out the width of the tiled space in front of the fireplace and cut out a corresponding piece of contact paper with the utility knife provided.
Even though the directions say to slowly pull the backing off... as long as you have 2 people and the area is small, I found it easier to pull the backing off the entire piece at once.
One of us held the contact paper to make sure it didn't stick to other surfaces. The other person was in charge of aligning the paper and smoothing it out with the squeegees. Then, we simply repeated that process until the whole fireplace was covered.
Helpful Tip: Keep any scraps you have to fill in areas where your alignment might be slightly off. 😬
Here is the final product:
By no means is it perfect. However, after seeing it in person, I will definitely be retiling the fireplace in black marble someday!
UPDATE: I did a similar project using peel and stick wall paper and it came out amazing!