Easy DIY Faux Tin Tiles with Wood

Looking for an easy way to fill a large area on your empty walls?  

Tired of spending a large amount of money on wall decor accessories? 

I found the perfect answer to this challenge by making easy DIY faux tin tiles with wood.  

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I am teaming up with the #PowerToolChallengeTeam for a 1 board challenge, so make sure you stop over to visit all the projects that these talented ladies made using one board! (End of post)

I was really liking the idea of using old ceiling tin tiles as wall decor on my walls.  I was having a hard time finding ones that were in good condition without costing a small fortune.  Thay’s when I decided I could just make my own.  

Supplies Used:

Underlayment Board


Embossing Cream

Palermo Tile Stencil

Florence Tile Stencil

Black Paint

Metallic Paint


Crackle Medium 

White Paint

Sanding Blocks

Antique Wax

Pewter Mica Powder

Step 1:  Cut underlayment board to the desired size.  I used 8-inch squares and 13-inch squares based on the stencil sizes. 

Step 2: Center stencils and tape in place.  Add embossing cream over stencils.  Watch this video to see how.  

Step 3: Paint boards with black paint.

Step 4: Randomly add pewter or silver metallic paint.  

Step 5: Add crackle medium and vaseline to boards

Step 6:  Add white paint over boards

Step 7:  Randomly distress white paint to expose the metallic and black paint

Step 8:  Seal with clear wax

Step 9:  Randomly add dark wax and pewter wax to add dimension to boards.  I used pewter mica powder and mixed with clear wax to create a pewter metallic wax to add additional metallic details.  

Step 10: Mount faux tin tiles to wood boards (optional) or add a hanger to the back of the faux tin tile and hang directly on the wall.  You can also lean the faux tin tile against a wall in a vignette or on the mantel.  

Now make sure to see what the other ladies made for the #oneboardchallenge


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4 Responses to Easy DIY Faux Tin Tiles with Wood

  1. How clever! Looks like something I could do! Does the wax make these waterproof? I was thinking of something for a kitchen backsplash.

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