Paint Hex Tile With Cardboard!

6 Materials
4 Hours

Want the look of tile without the price? Try this homemade stencil to create a stunning faux tile!

Here's the video version of what I did!

Before painting this concrete step, I used my CRAFTSMAN Pressure washer to give it a really good clean. This is important because if you are painting on any dirt then it will wear off quickly.

Let dry completely before painting.

I used Benjamin Moore Porch and Patio paint to paint it solid black. Whatever paint you use, make sure it is for exterior use (if using outside) and can be used on concrete.

Cut out at least 2 stencils in your desired shape. I used my Cricut to cut 2 hexagons out of chip board. I like chip board because its thicker than cardstock paper and is solid so the edges are completely straight. If you don't have a Cricut, use a ruler to get straight edges.

The widest part of the hexagon stencil is 7 1/4" but you can make yours any size you want!

Position stencil at one corner and use a fine tip brush (I even cut the bristles short) to carefully paint along the edges of the chip board stencil.

Push down on the chipboard to ensure it doesn't slide around.

Gently lift chipboard up, white edges clean with a clean dry rag and move it to the next side.

I found it easiest to proceed horizontally and I alternated between the two stencils to ensure the edges were clean and dry.

I was worried that smudging would be a problem, but it wasn't! I didn't have any touch ups to do. What you see is how it turned out the first time.

I love how it turned out and would highly recommend this DIY! I was very simple!

I did not seal it because this is just a shed step that isn't used a lot, but if you were doing a front step or an area that will get a lot of use I would recommend putting some sort of top coat or sealer on it.

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  • Jodi Jodi on Aug 08, 2022

    Love it. Did you prime the concrete first or do you know if that is recommended?

    I'm doing something similar to my front steps. Thanks for inspiration.

  • Diana Rabbits Diana Rabbits on Aug 09, 2022

    BEST DIY YET! I absolutely love this idea’. Even though I have no concrete steps, IDC I’ll find something to do this on, lol great job, i’m curious as to how you come up with this idea? because it’s fantastic

  • Dawn Dawn on Aug 07, 2023

    Beautiful! Can't wait to try it in front of my garden shed. I didn't know that about the sealers. Great tip, thanks. I love the little rug as well. Where did you get it?

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  • Tricia Tricia on Aug 11, 2022

    Wow!! It’s really beautiful and what a great idea!! Thanks for sharing!! ❤️❤️


  • Alice Alice on Aug 12, 2022

    Oh my gosh!! I got this so wrong! It is Urathane-based sealers that yellow and polycrylic that doesn't. Polycrylic sealers are water-based so they are also soap and water clean-up, Urethane sealers usually need to be cleaned with turpentine or another solvent which is another reason I avoid them. So it is when I seal with a polyacrylic, I apply an extra coat or two.

    Sorry, all, for the confusion!!