Faux Marble Fireplace

6 Materials
3 Hours

Old tiles? Ugly tiles? Just want a new look? Covering your existing fireplace tiles with contact paper is both transformative and inexpensive. It's a great option for if you're renting- or just don't have a big budget! This entire project only cost me $21 and completely elevated the space.

*please note. This is a non-working fireplace. If you have a working fireplace, I strongly suggest further research.

*these are ceramic tiles. Not bricks. Contact paper will not adhere to bricks


These ceramic brick tiles were just so dark and dismal. I wanted to brighten up the space without making any permanent changes. I chose marbled contact paper because it's bright and white, plus, who doesn't love marble?! You, of course, don't have to go with marble! There are SO many options out there.

Materials and Prep

  • contact paper of choice (I got mine from Amazon)
  • cleaner- I used a a homemade cleaner of white vinegar and citrus peels
  • -microfibre cloth
  • tape measure or ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors


  • Before ordering contact paper, measure your space to get the square footage. When in doubt, order more than you think you'll need to make room for errors.
  • Clean the tiles really well and let dry
  • Measure the tiles you will be covering- it's probably best to measure a few different tiles, as they may vary in size
  • Mark the measurements with a pencil on the back of the contact paper

Cut the Contact Paper to Size

  • Using the measurements on the back of the contact paper, cut it to size

Attaching the Contact Paper

This is the easy part!

  • Simply peel off the backing and begin sticking onto existing tile
  • I chose to allow grout lines to show, but you could opt not to if you prefer.

Ta Da!

There you go! Quick, easy, cheap and totally transformative!

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 22 questions
    on Mar 19, 2020

    How fireproof and safe is this?

    • Hattie
      on Mar 19, 2020

      Like I said, this is a non working fireplace :)

  • Diane Davis
    on Mar 20, 2020

    Once the glue dries out from the heat will it continue to stick?

    • Nancy
      on May 13, 2020

      Beautiful! Would love to know how and what to use on real brick without painting. I lease. Landlord likes his old dingy fireplaces!

      Thank you!

  • Cathy
    on May 9, 2020

    Do you have any suggestions on what I could do with this nightmare? Fake raised brick on fake concrete. I tried white washing some lower ones and it just sucked it in and looked terrible. Thank you I love your articles.

    • Cathy
      on May 11, 2020

      Thank you so much Hattie. Going to check it out now.

Join the conversation

2 of 160 comments
  • 02btov
    on Apr 2, 2020

    I thought I was going to hate it, but I really, really like the way it turned out. It's perfect for that room.

  • Cathy R
    on Apr 8, 2020

    Very, very nice!

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