Plywood Kitchen Tiles

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I’ve wanted to tile my kitchen for quite some time. However, I didn’t want to spend all that money and I didn’t know how. So one day I thought “why not make my own tiles out of luan plywood and just glue them to the wall with liquid nails. No grouting, no wet saw, and hardly any cost. Plus I could do the whole project myself without the help of my husband. That’s a win win in my book!!

I needed approximately 100 tiles for my project and one sheet of luan plywood (4ft by 8ft) at $20.00 was enough for this project. I cut the tiles down to 5 1/4 inches square.

I used a table saw to rip my pieces down to 5 1/4 inch width pieces.

I then used a mitre saw to cut my squares down to 5 1/4 inch.

I decided to sit down and get comfy for the sanding. I sanded the corners slightly and rounded the edges slightly.

Next I spray painted the back side of the tiles. This is to help lock out moisture.

Then it was time to stencil. I used a stencil that I purchased from

I then stippled black on the tiles (very lightly) to give them some character.

A quick sanding with the palm sander gave them a nice aged look.

A couple coats of clear coat to seal them.

Liquid nails worked great to adhere the tiles to the wall. I used a calk gun and it was so easy!

I love how this transformed my kitchen.

Here is the pack of stencils from I had such a hard time choosing because they are all so nice.

I hope you enjoyed this project!!

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  • Keira Keira on Dec 27, 2021

    It looks beautiful but how do you clean it? How about water splash behind the kitchen sink?

  • Bry Bry on Dec 27, 2021

    Your backsplash looks awesome! What a great idea. Did you butt the tiles against each other? They look pretty tight. I hate grout so I painted the previous owner's choice of square tiles in a checkerboard pattern, cream and sand colors with white paint over the grout lines. Did three coats of polycrylic. It wipes sooo easily and no more nasty grout. Holding up beautifully after more than a year. I hope yours holds up well. Thanks for sharing.

  • Patty Patty on Jan 30, 2022

    How did you know what size to cut the luan?

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  • Jsa48693241 Jsa48693241 on Sep 04, 2022

    How clever! What a good idea!

  • Sandy Sandy on Oct 31, 2022

    I cannot get over how authentic your tiles look. I love the look! You did a great job of making your wood tiles look like the real thing - aged and beautiful. Great job and love the overall look of your kitchen!