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