If you took a peek at my home tour on Life Made Lovely last week you would have seen my penchant for incorporating vintage materials into my home. Worn woods, reclaimed architectural features like windows, doors and ladders and vintage tin ceiling panels. I was lucky enough to source enough vintage tin to cover our kitchen soffit. What a score that was! And for only a couple of hundos. I know that may sound like a lot of money but it's really not. On my weekly round abouts through the local salvage/antique joints, I am consistently finding just ONE 18"x18" tile going for fifty bucks a pop. Ouch is right!
I was curious to see if I could DIY one for some wall art. I tried to source single pieces of textured plastic. No go. Then I tried to see if I could use some paintable textured wall paper. No go there either. I would have tons of left overs and the cost was a hitch too. Not that a single roll is very expensive, just more than I was willing to fork over. Then pure re-genius struck again. Why not use the same principle as my DIY hot glue decorated vase? Only with foam board and puff paint? Here is my try... details to follow...

Pretty cool and convincing for it just being paint and foam board. Here are my tips and tricks
*Start by measuring and marking off your desired size of tiles on the foam with a pencil. My tiles were 16" square. I was able to cut out four tiles from a single piece of FB that cost me a whopping $2.50. All other supplies I had on hand, so in essence each tile cost roughly 63 cents to make.
*Cut out your tiles with a sharp craft knife.
*Look at some images of vintage tiles online for reference and sketch a pattern onto the FB. Remember the more intricate the design the more puff paint you will need. Use a ruler to make your lines nice and crisp.
*Trace your pencil sketches with the puff paint.
*Carefully take your tile into a well ventilated area and spray the top and all edges with metallic spray paint. Let your tile sit for at least a couple of hours. Overnight is preferable.
*Use a rag or a dry brush technique to dab on antique glazing. You could also use a watered down dark shade of paint. Apply it heavier in some areas and lighter in other. Make sure to get all the nooks and crannies of the puffed design.

That's it! Just a touch of patience is required when applying the puff paint, but besides that this DIY is simple and yields fantastic results. It looks even better in person, I was actually surprised at how just a little paint can fool the eye!
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