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How to Transform a Tile Wall

Cover a tiled wall.

It’s hard to believe that we rented a building in mid-March and opened the store Nostalgia on April 5th.  Especially when I look back at the before pictures.  Many, many years ago this was a beautiful grocery store, and then it was remodeled several times.  

We don’t have anything against tile, but it just didn’t represent the homey atmosphere that we were going for.  It was just an ugly tiled wall.

Tile wall repair

The question posed with this happy wall was, what to do on a tight budget?

Tile wall repair

Yes, we could have demolished it.  But that takes time and lots of repair.  We were on a time schedule.

tiled wall repair

We used thin sheets of wood and construction adhesive,

tile wall repair

and this inventive method of securing the board while the glue dried.  

tiled wall repair

It was trimmed out with 1×3’s , topped with 1×10’s, caulked,  painted and totally transformed.  (The Green Checkout Counter feels right at home now!)

tile wall repair

I know, I can’t believe it’s the same wall either and I look at it almost everyday. 

tiled wall repair

It’s the background for many photo shoots and unless someone reads this post or Southern Revivals, they would not know.

What would you have done?

ps. We started working on Phase 2 this weekend.


  1. Debbie, what a terrific idea! Love the green checkout and can imagine a splash of green on that once tile wall, too. You’re giving me ideas about that tall china cabinet in the family room. Green? Can’t you hear the relatives it once belonged to? Such a lovely shade of green, I’d say!

  2. Great idea! I am just now learning about Nostalgia! Congrats on opening your own store…has it been fun?

  3. Brilliant solution, Debbie. I am totally living vicariously through you these days — I may have to come down to check out Nostalgia!!
    xo Heidi

  4. That’s very clever and inexpensive. Genius idea!!

  5. I love the rug, too…but I love the coop/coffee table even more!

  6. Amazing! Very creative ~

    I want that rug! 🙂


  7. Amazing! Very creative ~

    I want that rug!


  8. I think that was pretty clever, especially the screws holding it. A little putty & paint after and those holes were history. One smart cookie.


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