Sunday, August 3, 2008

How to Paint Faux Tile

Faux Tile is a fun and easy way to spruce up an outdated kitchen back splash, a boring laundry room, or even a bathroom. The main item you will need is 1/4" painter's tape to create the grout lines.

Follow these simple steps to create Faux Tile:

1. Print out a few reference pictures. You will want to pick what size, color, and style of tile you want to paint. Another great idea is to go to an actual tile store and purchase a few samples.

2. Pick Colors and practice first on a sample board. You will also need to figure out what faux finishing tool you would like to use (ex. rag, brush, sea sponge, stippling brush, etc.)

3. Once you are ready to start the job, Tape off your surface with 1 1/2" low tack painter's tape. (ex. cabinets, walls, etc)

2. Base coat your surface in the color that your grout will be. You can do anything from plain white, gray, or even brown. Wait till it fully dries.

3. Figure out how big you want your tiles to be and start measuring. Use a pencil or a piece of chalk to mark where your tape will go.

4. Start taping with the 1/4" painter's tape. It will be tedious, but it will be easy from there.

5. Paint the color you want your tile to be. If you want different colors, then you will need to tape off the squares that you don't want painted and vise versa.

6. To add depth and dimension, you will want to faux finish over the base colors using whatever tool you choose. (You can pick from the tools below). The paint will need to be mixed with glaze (1 part paint to 3 parts glaze). This will make it movable on your surface.


Marie said...

LOVE your blog! Thanks for this post! I'm going to try it on my back splash.

Marie from

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