DIY hack - tile transfers
I first discovered these nifty creations when attempting to cover some gold fish bathroom tiles when I was renting my first London apartment. For less than a fiver they glide on to existing tiles with no glue or sticking and peal off in a second leaving no residue at all. Perfect for a quick DIY hack when you want to spruce up some tiles without replacing them or breaking the bank.
Here I have used them on our Victorian fireplace. I loved the original tiles when we are using this room as our living room but when transforming it in to a nursery for Seb they felt a little too dull. I didn't want to replace the tiles completely as we'll probably use it as a living space again in the future so tile transfers offered the perfect solution.
Things you'll need...
- A pack of tile transfers. I bought these from eBay here and they come in a range of colours and patterns.
- A ruler and sharp scissors. You can pretty much find the transfers in most sizes but if your tiles are slightly smaller you can easily cut the transfers to size.
- A dry cloth to smooth out any air bubbles.
- A tile cleaning spray or some soapy water to make sure the tiles are clean and dry before application.
To start the makeover I applied one coat of black gloss metal paint to freshen it up. This paint is foolproof to apply (I've already painted our toilet cistern and roll top bath with it) but be sure not to overload your paintbrush as a little goes a long way. I then used some left over grey emulsion we had in Urban Obsession for the concrete slab.
I then applied my tile transfers using a dry cloth to iron out any air bubbles. They glided on so easily though that the air bubbles were minimal and came away with one wipe. The transfers also peel away effortlessly so you can reapply them over and over until you get them in the exact position you want.
So there you have it a temporary update for our fireplace that retains all of it's original Victorian tiles to be enjoyed again in the future. And all for less than a fiver.