Creating Decorative Tiles for Your Kitchen

What You'll Need
Poster or Picture of Decoration/Design
Utility Knife
White Glue
Large Garbage Bags
Paint Stick/Flat Stick
Thin Set
Small Propane Torch
Epoxy Resin
Sand Paper

There are endless options when it comes to decorative tiles for your kitchen. They can actually be hung or they can be individually attached on the walls of your kitchen. You can put just about any type of image on plain tiles. Kitchen tiles can make a remarkable difference whether they are used on the walls or on the floors. Things you will need to create decorative tiles for your kitchen are listed below.

Step 1 – Measuring and Cutting

Measure the tile dimensions. On the back of the design picture, rule out a grid. Use the utility knife to cut along the lines of the grid. This should allow your design photo to be in pieces that are tile sized.

Step 2 – Decorating the Tile

Use glue to paint the backs of the picture pieces. The whole flat surface will need to be covered. Place the picture on the tile’s surface. All edges should be even and line up with the tile’s edges.

Step 3 – Laying Out the Tiles

Lay the garbage bag down flat in an open floored area. Put each piece of tile on the garbage bag in a grid like form. Leave a couple of inches between each of the tiles. You may need more than one bag. Leave a perimeter of at least five inches around the laid down tiles.

Step 4 – Mixing and Pouring the Epoxy

Use the flat stick and bucket to mix the epoxy resin. This will need to be done quickly. Once the epoxy resin is mixed, pour it over the tiles. It will run off of the tiles which is why you have the garbage bag underneath. If the epoxy misses a spot on the tile, you can use the paint brush to help spread it. You may see bubbles appear in the epoxy a couple of minutes later. Your small propane torch can be lit and moved back and forth across the tiles. The torch produces carbon dioxide that should clear up the bubbles.

Step 5 – Letting the Tiles Sit

Let the tiles sit over night to allow the epoxy to harden. Make sure the tiles are sitting in a place that is warm and has no dust settlement. Letting them sit for two to three days is even better. 

Step 6 – Sanding the Tiles

Use sand paper to smooth rough tile edges or drip appearances. 

Step 7 - Cutting the Drywall

Take a piece of dry wall and cut it the same size as the picture design. A small layer of the thin set (1/8” layer) needs to be applied to the drywall with the trowel’s flat side. Use the notched edge to ridge the thin set. Once the tiles are in the right pattern, place them on the thin set. Let the tiles sit for one day. You can hang the tile or set it over the existing kitchen tile.