I've had a brilliant idea. You might recall the spinach dip tile on my dining room fireplace. Beloved by antique Rookwood fans, despised by yours truly. I can't bring myself to rip it out, so my plan is to hide it in a temporary fashion. I considered decals, wood panels, and all sorts of inelegant options.
Then I stumbled on Fasade panels at Home Depot one day after abandoning Alex in the insulation aisle. (He was engrossed, which was mystifying, since it's the most boring aisle in the entire store.) My wandering led me to these thermoplastic panels modeled after vintage tin ceiling tiles. They're lightweight and seem easy to cut. There were only a couple options in a rack in the store, but I looked online and found lots more designs and finishes. I contacted the manufacturer for samples, and these arrived today.
Excuse the nasty looking photo with flash, which doesn't do the finishes justice. I'm narrowing it down, and then I'm gonna give this fireplace a facelift. (Please note this is not a working fireplace, so you needn't fear I'll end up with a melted puddle of tile.) I'm so excited! I'll let you know how it turns out.