Bringing Cozy Back
Are you ready for the easiest DIY project out there!? Something that will brighten your design world (marble galore!), update your finishes (on a budget!) and make you feel like the weekend warrior of your dreams (without taking up your entire weekend!)!
A Trip Down Memory Lane
A glimpse into what the original fireplace looked like, in all its wood tone glory! The creamy paint colour, the raw gum-wood, the glorious architectural details...So much inspiration to work with, and such a fun project I'm so excited to share with you!
Renters Goal: to make our fireplace surround feel warm and inviting without breaking the bank
Designers Goal: to bring the cozy back into our space without having to renovate
With our overall goals in mind, we wanted to make sure we kept our changes within a realistic realm. We wanted to ensure it was possible to do as much on our own as possible, wouldn’t require any major renovations and to work with what the architecture gave us.
Bright & White
Painting out the brick on our fireplace surround was an obvious update for our rental space.
We wanted something that was smart, economical, but that still had the classic updated look that we wanted. Rental spaces are tough because life can be so unpredictable. For us, we really imagined we would be living in our rental for years to come, so we wanted to make some changes that would really stand up to the test of time and make us feel excited about coming home at the end of the day.
If you have healthy brick, painting it out in a solid colour can really add some drama to your space. In our case we were going with the bright whites, but I also do love the look of a bold colour choice for the fireplace focal point (think bold neutrals, greys, dark navy, black).
Calling all brick doctors! Side note, when I say healthy brick, I think this is an important point for homeowners/renters to consider before painting. If you don’t have healthy brick (water damage, mould, crumbling, etc.) it can really affect the look and ultimately mask a larger issue.
For the floor tiles, we wanted to do something that wasn’t permanent, pricey or reckless to the space, possibly changing out something that our owners wouldn’t love.
Our goal was to make the space feel as much us as possible. Updating the look of the fireplace was so key, as it is the focal point of our main living space. We wanted to incorporate a marble texture without having to spend upwards of $40/square foot, plus installation.
One of my favourite parts of design is dreaming up marble mosaics for clients backsplashes, bathrooms, details for around their homes that are unexpected little touches of elegance and thoughtfulness. Unfortunately for us, re-tiling was not really in our budget or scope for our rental, but I still wanted to get creative and crafty with the details.
So, I took one of my favourite classic Parisian inspired tile pattern and did my best to track it down in a big box store, a la faux-but-oh-so-fabulous! It turned out to be so reasonably priced per sheet, required little to no work to install, zero tools, and was pretty fool proof!
We are so pleased with the overall look and feel of the transformed fireplace. It works with the rest of the spaces in our home and really ties together the architectural details, and incorporates some of the marble details we wanted to squeeze into our tiny rental, without having to pay real marble prices!
We wanted the rustication of the fireplace, with a clean fresh white look; the movement of the marble, without having to pay a fortune; and we wanted an easy/breezy install, and you can't get easier than...stickers!
We are Happy DIY renters! I highly recommending trying these tiles as a fun DIY weekend project, and even explore some of the other faux-marble laminate options out there (think the counter tops in your laundry room!).
And now...time to snuggle up by the fire!