DIY Lace Tiles

A few weeks ago I  played around with some spray paint and lace to create these pretty lace tiles that I have used to decorate our fireplace mantle.

Lace Tiles on Mantle 2

I intend to use them as a pretty backdrop, behind the white vases and picture frames I’m going to fill the mantle up with.

All you need are a few ceramic tiles (I got several at Home Depot for about 16 cents each), sandpaper to gently scuff up the tiles, spray paint, lace, scissors, and a board and strong glue (like gorilla glue) if you want to mount the tiles like I did (but that part is up to you). Here’s a step-by-step synopsis.

Lace Tile Supplies

First I got my little newspaper lined workstation all ready outside. Complete with some random sticks to keep the paper from blowing away.  I laid out the tiles and cut pieces of lace to the size/shape I wanted.

White Tiles on Newspaper

I found that if I scuffed up the tiles with sandpaper first, then sprayed them with a white “primer” the lace had something tacky to cling to and so it stayed down better when I sprayed the silver on top of the lace. I arranged the pieces of lace differently on each primed tile.

Lace on Tile

Once I had the lace positioned the way I wanted on the various tiles, I sprayed silver spray paint over the top of each tile.

Tile Sprayed Silver

Once the silver spray paint was almost dry, but still a bit tacky, I removed the lace.

Tile After Removing Lace

After the tiles were dry, I decided I wanted to arrange them on a long horizontal board to put on the mantle, so D cut me a long narrow piece of Masonite, the same width as the tiles but a bit longer than all of them lined up together, so I could give them a 1/4 of space between. Then I spent far too much time trying to arrange them so that they didn’t look so…arranged.

Several Lace Tiles

I glued them to the board with some gorilla glue and left them to set overnight with a bunch of books piled on top of them to make sure they were weighed down enough to adhere properly.

Lace Tiles on Mantle

Ta-dah! You could even use the tiles as coasters, or for several other DIY decorating projects. I like how these have started to spruce up the stone chimney stack. If anyone has any other ideas about how to liven up this space I’d love to hear them!

Happy Friday!


DIY White (or any color you want) Accent Vases

So we have this kind of drab mantle that I’m trying desperately to spruce up. Ideally, I want to switch it up with the seasons, and since it is a focal point in our living room, it would be a great place to put decorations for different holidays. All this means is that it was time for Kim to take a trip to the thrift store. I picked up a bunch of clear glass vases/bottles/containers of all different shapes and sizes that I thought were interesting. Then, I spray painted them white (I used Valspar gloss white spray paint).

Painting the Vases

I meant to take a picture of the tall-and-already-white vase before I spray painted it. Sorry about that. Just imagine that it used to be clear glass. It took a few coats for the rose-glass vase to not look rose-white…

Painting the pink vase white

Also, a word to the wise: don’t put your camera downwind from the spraypaint spray. White specks all over my camera. Yup.

Painted White Vases

Once they dried, I brought them in and arranged them on the mantle. I also brought in some flowers to spruce them up a bit. There’s still a lot I want to do, since it’s a work in progress, but here’s how it’s starting to shape up:

Painted Thrift Store Accent Vases

Thrift Store Vase on the Mantle

What do you think? I’d say so far so good. The picture of Radar is actually from one of my very first posts on this blog! And I’ll share a how-to on the silver and white painted lace tiles later in the week.

I think it would also be great to paint the inside of the vases with some fun and bright acrylic paint. Of course then they wouldn’t be able to hold water, but they’d be great for silk flowers or something like that. I think I might try that with the next few vases I’m planning to paint!