Hand Painted Tile – Buy or DIY


I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news.  Bad news first, the carpet didn’t happen.  Our ‘carpet guy’ cancelled on us and moved the install to TWO weeks from now.  So remember how unsettled I’ve been feeling?  Times that by two.  The house will stay torn apart for another couple of weeks, and we’ll have to live through it.

The good news is that with the next two weeks opening up, there are a few small projects I can complete that I had originally thought were bygones! One of mine involves tile. I’m sure you’ve seen all of the glorious patterned tile that has been gracing some of the coolest homes around the internet recently.  I love these gorgeous tiles, and especially have loved the black and white geometric patterns. I would really love to do my bathroom in these insanely beautiful pieces, but we don’t really have a bathroom renovation on the docket for anytime soon.

There is another area in my house that could use a little love before this carpet goes in and my mind immediately went to these tiles.  My fireplace surround and hearth has never been finished.  It’s kind of a random concrete subfloor mess.  Here are a few not-so-flattering pictures of the fireplace.

You can see that the mess is both on the hearth and surrounding the iron fireplace insert.

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But, guess what I have in mind to fix this mess?  Tiles like a number of these gorgeous examples.  Take a look at a few of my favorites.

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Some of my favorite designs are the more simple ones… which is a great thing for a few reasons.  Although I love these examples, I can’t justify spending hundreds of dollars on pretty tile right now, so I’m going to try and DIY these suckers.

Instead of spending between $6-$12 per 6″ tile, or $300 on a project like this, I am going to create these by hand.  Seem crazy?  Not if you consider that a lot of these very tiles are hand painted, and if I only have between 10-12 square feet to create, I think I can do it.

Before embarking on this project, however, I’ll need plenty of inspiration and guidance. Here are the top few designs that are sparking my interest and that I’m using as a guide.

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I plan on creating some sort of stencil or template that I’ll use as a guide, then I’ll pencil in the design on each tile.  Since the pattern I’m designing will be easy, I’ll just hand paint the color into the lines.  Simple, right?  We’ll see!

I’m going to be working on these tile for the next week, but would love your input!  What is your favorite design?  Any of the photos or examples that you love?

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