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Low Cost Kitchen Re-Do with Faux Tiles

Updated on March 24, 2010

My Kitchen Needed A Make-Over

I spend a lot of time in my kitchen. I think most of us do. It is the first place I stumble to in the morning for my wake-up coffee, and the last place I leave at night. (I have to make sure the coffee will be ready in the morning.) My kitchen and I were no longer best friends though. Basically there were two problems.

  • Problem One: My kitchen was dated and unattractive. The blue stripes I had painted over yellow were scuffed and dreary looking. I wanted something more classy.
  • Problem Two: Not enough money in the bank.

Faux Tile Tools

Magic with poster paper and paint!
Magic with poster paper and paint!

Faux Tile Magic

Tile was what I really wanted in my kitchen, but also out of my price range.  Having always been a fan of "Faux" décor, I decided to try to make my own cheap tiles.  In the past I have decorated with Faux stones made out of cardboard, and bricks made of brown paper, so making tiles didn't seem all that strange.

I started out by buying ten sheets of plain white poster paper.  These cost all ot 35 cents each.  Then I invested in a couple of cans of spray paint.  One a gloss teal blue, and the other a textured brown.  I also rounded up my collection of acryllic craft paints.

Making The Tiles

Making the tiles wasn't really all that hard.  I painted five of the posters to start. Two with the blue gloss paint, one with the brown spray paint, and the other three with acryllic colors that I had decided to try.  My choices were a terra-cotta orange (to match another wall I had painted), an antique patina, and black.

Next I measured a real tile I had bought, and cut my painted sheets into tiles.  The tiles could be made in any size, mine were approximately four inches square.

Placing the Tiles

Once the tiles were made, the next job was to start placing them.  First I cleaned the walls well, and let dry.  Then I started placing the tiles, glueing them inplace with a strong tacky craft glue.

This process was pretty much error free.  A tile's color can be changed when inplace, as easily as dipping a brush in another color of paint.

I started with the least visible wall near my refridgerator, and moved horizontally around the room.

Photo of First Tiles

This photo shows where I started to place the tiles.  Notice the blue strips behind the tiles.
This photo shows where I started to place the tiles. Notice the blue strips behind the tiles.

Finishing the Faux Tile Project

Once all the tiles were glued in place, I tackled what turned out to be the hardest part of the project.  This was painting the "grout" between the tiles.

For the "grout" I used a combination of powder-type grout, (purchased from a craft store), and black acryllic paint. I mixed the paint and grout powder to a "thick paint" consistency that could be painted with an artist type brush.  Then I painted this mixture between the tiles.  Needless to say, this was a time consuming job.

After the grouting was finished, I let the walls dry for twenty-four hours.  Then I painted over all the tiled walls with a water proof varnish.  I used three coats of the varnish, and let the walls dry well between each coat.

My Finished Kitchen

I am very happy with my Faux tile walls.  I also painted my stove, and redid my countertops.  "Faux countertops" will be my next hub.
I am very happy with my Faux tile walls. I also painted my stove, and redid my countertops. "Faux countertops" will be my next hub.


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      Susan Sisk 

      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      It has held up really well! I am still very happy with it.

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      8 years ago from Cranston, Rhode Island

      This is an interesting idea. I would love to do this, how is it holding up after a few years? Thanks for the great idea!

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      Susan Sisk 

      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thank you. Your kitchen sounds beautiful! I'm actually sort of scared to start on the cabinets. I have done cabinets in the past, and once I start, end up changing them over and over again.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 

      9 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      You are so creative! I would never have thought of that, even though I have done tons of decoupage over the years. Are the cabinets next? I'm a fan of faux painting and redid my natural wood raised panel cabinets myself to resemble those of an expensive brandname cabinet maker. They are now butter yellow, distressed and aged. I wanted a center island, so I purchased an inexpensive sink base, and faux painted raised panels on the doors which were not raised. When friends come over to admire my handiwork I tell them to look at the doors of my island and they always go over to touch the panels to see if they are raised or not. Ha!

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      Susan Sisk 

      11 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thanks Trey. See you soon!

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      11 years ago

      Hey Aunt Mama, I read your Hubpage on redoing the kitchen a few weeks ago, but I didn't leave a comment. I REALLY wish you would come and redo my mama's kitchen! Maybe you could make an automatic cat feeder for me with 24/7 access to some better tasting food! Love you, Uncle Mike and of course the dog's food! See you soon hopefully. Love Trey!

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      11 years ago from Oklahoma

      Oh I see very nice! And hey to use my favorite saying when it comes to remodeling " The price is right". And also thank you for your comment on my kitchen.


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