Have a room in your home that desperately needs some TLC but has you stumped as to where to start even with millions of inspiring ideas accessible on Pinterest (pretty please follow my boards!)? My little laundry room (which is located between the garage and center hall and is much too small to be considered a mud room!) is an embarrassment, and I keep thinking about tiling the walls in there to give it more importance and texture. After spying a few projects using tile stencils to create a faux tile look, I’m toying with the option of first stenciling the walls. After all, if I still want to tile, I could always do that big project later! Cement Tiles Vs. Stenciled Tiles explores both options.
But First This…
Cement Tiles Vs. Stenciled Tiles
I think cement tiles began appearing on my radar with the dawn of one of my favorite home improvement shows: Fixer Upper.
Did you see this episode where Joanna chose a plaid cement tile for the laundry room floor?
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Cement Tiles (Also Called Encaustic Tiles)
Cement tiles are popular for mud rooms, bathrooms, kitchen backsplashes, and more. What makes them a popular choice in a variety of custom design projects?
The tiles are handmade and hard wearing.
Cement tiles are easy to care for and live with.
There are definitely some cons though so if you’re seriously considering them, read this article from HGTV.
My All Time Favorite Cement Tile
There are such gorgeous examples, and the one below is still my favorite!
What a beautiful light grey tile!
They Cost More & Once You Learn How They Are Made, You’ll Understand Why.
Kitchen With Cement Tile Backsplash
Bathroom With Cement Tile Floor and Walls
Cement Tiled Floor in Bathroom
Beautiful Bathroom With Cement Tile Flooring
Charming Cement Tile at a Restaurant
Another Breathtaking Mud Room to Inspire
Field Tiles That Only Look Like Cement Tiles
If you love the look of cement tiles but don’t want to break the bank, check out these possibilities that would fool anyone! They may not be handmade, but the price is right and the installation is standard.
Faux Cement Stenciled Tiles
How fun is it that you can try out the effect of cement tiles without any mess or much expense at all! Just a few hours and a quality stencil may help you achieve the look! What is especially smart about going this route is that even though encaustic tiles have been around since the 1850’s, they are a trendy look right now. If the look falls from favor, it is as easy as painting right over the stenciled wall.
Here is my favorite stencil which mimics the look of real cement tiles.
Charcoal grey paint to get this effect: RIGHT HERE.
Faux Cement Tile Stencil Tutorial
They don’t just make it look easy – it truly is as easy as rolling over a stencil with a little bit of paint – matching up registration marks – securing with painters tape – and repeating.
Isn’t it a good looking wall which cost next to nothing!?!
More Stencils To Get the Cement Tile Look!
Stenciling Projects I Have Done
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Script Stencils I’m Crushing On!
I have been working with stencils for various creative wall treatments since the early 1990’s, and stencils have come a long way! Script style stencils remain a favorite of mine, and this first example below is one I have also considered for either the laundry room walls or a wall in my studio.
Lately, I have been obsessed with making simple custom pillow covers from vintage canvas fabric, and I love the idea of adding a vintage script label with a little paint (you can always add fabric sizing medium to paint on fabric).
This Parisian inspired stencil can be used for a variety of projects – imagine a rustic wood box, a pillow case, a door, and of course, a decorative sign for the wall.
If you have shopped for antique grain sacks from Europe then you know how pricey they are. Here’s a low cost alternative to creating something suggestive of an antique. The lettering is so vintage in style and authentic looking!
I will keep you posted on what I decide to do with my little laundry area and with these stencils I can’t wait to get my paws on!
YOUR TURN: Have you used a stencil to transform a wall? Have you used cement tiles in any of your spaces?
p.s. Find more inspiration for laundry rooms and mud rooms RIGHT HERE.
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