How to stencil designs on tiles

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How to stencil designs on tiles
You can stencil on tiles to complement your personal decorating style. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Replacing tile can be an expensive, time consuming and messy project. Rather than going through the pains of a major redecorating project you can update the look of existing tiles with stencils. You can also stencil on new tiles for a personalised decor style. Avoid painting tiles that get wet on a regular basis, such as those in a shower. However, painted tiles on a backsplash above the sink will hold up well. You can stencil on a variety of tile finishes including tumbled marble, stone and ceramic, choosing from a wide variety of stencil styles.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Water-based paint containing urethane resin
  • Scrap paper
  • Paintbrush, stencil brush or sponge
  • Paper plate
  • Painter's tape
  • Clear water-based urethane

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wash and dry your tiles. Paint sticks to clean surfaces better than to dirty ones.

  2. 2

    Pour a small amount of paint onto a paper plate.

  3. 3

    Practice your technique on a piece of scrap paper. Different techniques will give you different finishes. For example, you can paint directly over the stencil for an opaque appearance or tap a stencil brush over the stencil for a stippled finish.

  4. 4

    Tape your stencil onto the tile using painter's tape.

  5. 5

    Add paint to the tile with a paintbrush, stencil brush or sponge.

  6. 6

    Follow the manufacturer's directions for the length of time needed for the paint to cure.

  7. 7

    Remove lint and debris from the tile surface before adding urethane.

  8. 8

    Seal the tiles with water-based urethane using a paintbrush. See the manufacturer's directions for drying time.

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