|Before: Nothing really wrong with these tiles, except the color and design weren't at all the current homeowner's taste. Here's what she wanted...|
|A whole field of dragonflies! You can do this yourself, if you're the crafty sort...|
|Wash and degrease, then mask the offending tiles, pressing the tape down firmly , and I do mean FIRMLY, where the paint will touch it. Leaving the outer edges loose makes removal a little easier. Prime with a good bonding primer. Then...|
|Use a ready made stencil, or make one of your own. I prefer them to just be the silhouette of the shape, and not have all the little parts and bridges in them. You'll see why in a minute.|
|Spread joint compound about an eighth of an inch thick over the stencil. An expired gift card or credit card works better for this than a metal trowel, I think. Now...|
|Here's how it will look, once dry.|
|Here's one all carved and smoothed. I left some of the troweled texture in the wings, so it would look more like hand made clay tiles, and not too factory smooth. Now to finish...|
|Base coat the entire tile with latex paint. This one happens to be cabinet enamel, since I was painting their island, also. Then...|
Other samples of my plaster work, and information on how to hire me, can be seen on my website at theartofthehome.com.
Doing it yourself and run into questions? Feel free to leave a message in the comments below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll do what I can to talk you through it.