DIY Faux Handpainted Tile Ideas With Stencils!


Ever since I shared Brooke and Steve Giannetti’s

work on that Malibu modern farmhouse renovation,

with their clients’ staircase and those

Walker Zanger tiles on stair risers, I have been

thinking about how one could achieve

a similar look (on a budget) with a little

creativity, imagination, and stencil magic.


Royal Design studio Renaissance stencil for handpainted floor tile look on Hello Lovely Studio
DIY Faux Handpainted Tiles With Stencils

I’m a huge fan of stenciling since it is low cost,

can be done with relative ease, and

involves no grout!


And guess what happens if you tire of it?

No wallpaper-removal-fueled nervous breakdowns.

You paint over it and call it a day,

your mental health left fully intact.


Royal Design Studio Stencils is my favorite source,

and I stenciled a dressing room with their Fortuny stencil

in our former home:


Fortuny stenciled wall in romantic dressing room with Louis ghost chair by Hello Lovely Studio
Fortuny stencil and Louis Ghost Chair


Stenciled mirror with French script for etched look by Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio


…as well as multiple stenciling projects

with my all-time favorite French Poem Stencil (above).


Today, I’m dreaming about what can be done

to love back to life

plain ol’ white ceramic tile on floors,

walls, backsplashes, fireplace surrounds, etc.


What if you could make that boring tile

look both high-end and handpainted?

You CAN!


This video from Royal shows it is possible…



For stencils, you’ll need Renaissance Set A and Renaissance Set B

in the right size for your project since there are several options.

Maybe toss paint and brushes/rollers in the cart too

should you desire to snag it all in one fell swoop.


Look at the gorgeous stencil patterns:


Renaissance Stencil

Keep in mind too how much room there

is for customization…not just with paint colors,

but say you want a vintage/aged look?

Go for it with aging glaze.

Maybe you prefer a subdued look?

That’s easy to do with paint!


Blue and white stenciled floor tiles for handpainted look on Hello Lovely Studio
DIY Faux Handpainted Tiles With Stencils


Before we get to a bunch of inspiring handpainted tile

images to woo you silly, can I show you a few examples

of plain tiles maybe begging to get their Cinderella story?


At some point in the late ’80s and early ’90s,

everybody was installing plain white floor

and wall tile, and I would imagine it’s a messy,

costly job to remove tile…

oh yeah, I don’t have to imagine since that’s

just what we had to do here at the fixer:


Before Master Bathroom in Chicagoland fixer upper by Hello Lovely Studio
We demo’d lots of square white ceramic tile from our master bath.


Typical white tile floor in many a kitchen.


Related image
Not at all bad looking, but imagine the possibilities!



Hope this inspired your decorating ideas!

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everything you need for that stencil project!


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  1. September 1, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    What a fun post! Those blue tiles are speaking my language ❤️ Have a great weekend, my friend

    • September 3, 2017 / 5:58 am

      soooo charming! 🙂

  2. September 7, 2017 / 10:59 am

    Beautiful stencil ideas.

  3. September 7, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    Thanks, for reading Krista!

  4. Amy
    March 28, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    Great idea! Do you just need regular 4*4 tile for risers?

    • michele
      March 30, 2018 / 12:55 am

      I would measure your riser first! Thanks for reading, Amy. 🙂

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