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smmsanders 06-23-2009 02:45 PM

How to cover a fireplace
Hi, I recently moved into an apartment and my wife really doesn't like the fireplace. (Here are pictures of it.
Our landlord won't let us paint it, so my wife wants to cover it with this embossed wallpaper that kind of looks like a tin roof. We would then paint the wallpaper

I bought some mdf to cover the fireplace frame, but I'm stuck at how to affix the mdf in a non-permanent way. Any ideas? Is this the right forum?

Scuba_Dave 06-23-2009 02:50 PM

Are you going to be using this fireplace?
You can't put wood/paper within a certain distance
I'm not even sure you can do it Temp even if you won't use the fireplace ?

smmsanders 06-23-2009 02:57 PM

Yes, it's a non-working fireplace.

smmsanders 06-23-2009 03:00 PM

It's a non-working fireplace, or at least, I can't use it as stipulated in the terms of my lease. I also put a flue damper in it so I won't loose cool air in the summer and hot air in the winter. I think it used to be a coal stove fireplace, but like so many old apartments, the stove was taken out.

Re wood, the mantle that is already on the fireplace is wood and I've actually seen a lot of decorative/old coal stove fireplaces made out of wood in old apartments in my neighborhood.

Dana11 06-24-2009 01:47 AM

Wow!! i love your wife's choice. The wall papers looks really elegant and chic. As long as it is a non working fireplace you can paste wallpaper.


smmsanders 06-24-2009 08:12 AM

Thanks, she would appreciate the compliment.

Once you paste the wallpaper, is it easy to take off? The fireplace also has these pegs that stick out of the wall. I didn't want the wallpaper to look uneven.

DangerMouse 06-24-2009 08:34 AM

i'm with dana, that's nice textured paper.
i wonder if you could use it on ceilings to imitate the tin tile style too? paint it, then antique it?
nice choice!


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