Love the look? Scared to commit to something so trendy? Don’t wanna pay big money? Well, then I have a little project for you – DIY faux cement tiles! Our master bathroom is almost complete and I’m sharing all the details, I’ve never shared before. In the early stages of the design, I knew I wanted to incorporate cement tiles somehow. However, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something I would probably tire of in a couple of years. Luckily, my friends at Royal Design Studio had everything I needed to create a faux tile look! This post is sponsored by Royal Design Studio. (post contains affiliate links, see disclosure)
DIY FAUX CEMENT TILE
- Royal Design Studio Spanish Tile Stencil Set
- Royal Design Studio MDF 8″ Square Tile Shapes
- Small Paint Roller
- Stencil Roller
- Painters Tape, if needed
- KILZ Primer
- Craft Paint – I used Martha Stewart Arrowhead
- Scotch Mounting Squares
- Paint all tile shapes with primer and background color of your choice with a small paint roller, let dry.
- Place the stencil on the tile shape and using a small stencil roller and paint color of choice, paint over the stencil. Use varying stencils to create a true cement tile look.
- Remove stencil and let tile shape dry completely.
- Attach tile shapes to the wall with mounting squares in the desired pattern.
This project was so easy – a little time consuming, but super easy! First, I painted all of my tiles (64 to be exact) with the primer and a small paint roller. The primer will help prevent any moisture or mildew in the future with the MDF. However, I wasn’t too worried about moisture since our toilet area is separate and has a door that is usually closed. Then, place the stencil on top of the tile shape and go over it with paint careful not to move the stencil and create a shadow effect. Tip: any bleed overs can be touched up later, but all the imperfections make it unique.
After I had a mix of all the stencil designs, I started to figure out a pattern I wanted. At first, I was just going to wing it, but the OCD in me decided on a pattern. I wanted it to look random, but the random was chosen carefully. Once my pattern was created, I then knew exactly how many of each design I needed. This definitely wasn’t a project that was done in a day. With drying times and making sure I had the exact amount of each design I needed, it was an ongoing project but so simple and fun!
In the last three years, we have had no issues. Only one tile has fallen but I replaced the tape squares and put it back up. Overall these DIY faux cement tiles are a simple project that makes such a big impact! And if you aren’t in the mood to DIY, I linked a few of my favorite tiles below.