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Patchwork tiles are trendy each year, but retiling a bathroom can be an expensive and messy exercise. I really love patchwork tiles and decided to take the plunge and stamp my existing plain shower tiles to create a black and white pattern. Read on to see the home makeover – shower edition!
This is what my shower looked like: plain, simple and quite uninspiring. The metal content in our water on the farm is very high, so things that come into regular contact with water don’t stay white for very long. I didn’t have very high hopes for the white tiles, and figured I didn’t have much to lose by trying!
YOU WILL NEED
- 15cmx15xm Tile stamp
- Tile primer – I used A. Shak Tile Prime
- Water-based paint, suitable for use in a bathroom – I used Plascon Polvin Matt Acrylic in black
- Sponge rollers and pans – 1 for the primer and 1 for each paint colour
Firstly, use the sponge roller to apply primer to clean, dry tiles. For number of coats and curing time, follow the primer manufacturer’s instructions. We applied 3 layers of primer, allowing for each coat to dry before applying the next, and then let it cure for 24 hours.
Using undiluted paint, apply a thin layer of paint to the stamp.
Always test the print on a piece of paper first to see how much pressure you need to apply to get the desired look. But keep in mind that it is a hand-printing technique, so every print will look different.
TIP: You can use the patchwork tiles’ test paper afterwards for gift wrap or make cards!
Once you are happy with the print, you can start to print on the tiles directly. Use one hand to carefully position the stamp and the other to apply pressure once it’s in place.
Carefully apply pressure along all 4 corners, taking care not to move the stamp. If you accidentally smudge the print, you can quickly wipe it off with the clean cloth and allow the tile to dry before re-stamping.
After you’ve applied pressure, slowly lift the stamp by tilting it onto one of its edges before taking it away from the wall. If the print is too light, you can easily re-stamp it, taking care to get the same position as the first print.
TIP: keep the edges of your stamp clean and free from excess paint to ensure a clean print.
Use a piece of clean paper to mask adjacent tiles when you’re printing half patchwork tiles.
Black and white is such a classic combination and it works in any room. I have teamed up my black and white bathroom with a deep green accent wall to create a Victorian look. My bathroom is my sanctuary and now it even has a luxury bar cart – love it even more!
This post was originally created for Ideas Magazine.