Plywood Tile Wall Art

Plywood Tile Wall Art

Connect plywood tiles in rows to create a fun, visual statement wall art piece.


5 col

Difficulty: Easy

Materials
1” x 4” x 64” Lumber
(25) 12” x 12” x 1” Plywood tiles (pre-cut)
Paint and primer in one – paint to match your existing wall color
Paint and primer in one – contrasting to wall color
Drill with ¼” bit
7’ 5” Chain with 1” links removed
(2) Pliers
(100) ½” Screw eye hooks
1” – 2” Paint sponge
Paintbrush
Painters tape – 1” width
Ruler
Measuring tape
Pencil
4’ Level
Stud finder
Wood putty
Putty knife

Instructions

PREPARING THE TILES:

1. Paint the edges of each 12” x 12” plywood tile with 1 coat of paint. Allow paint to dry for 1 – 2 hours before moving onto the next step

2. Use a ruler to measure 1¼” from both corners on one edge of a square tile and mark with a pencil. These marks will be where hooks are added to join the tiles together

3. Use the drill with a ¼” bit to create pilot holes on both marks (See image below)

Tip: When using the drill, start with 2-3 short drill bursts, then finish with one continuous drilling

4. Flip the tile, and repeat steps 1-3 on the opposite edge

5. Twist screw eye hooks into each pilot hole (see image below)

6. Repeat steps 1-5 for all remaining tiles except 5. These 5 will be only have hooks on one edge

PAINTING THE TILES:

7. Mark the center of all four edges with a short piece of painters tape (See image below)

8. Locate the point where the edge of the tile meets the tape, and paint a diagonal line connecting this point to the next edge and tape meeting point with a paint sponge. Paint the entire area from the diagonal line to the edge of the tile. This will create a right-angle triangle shape. Repeat until all four corners are painted with right-angle triangles. The center will remain an unpainted diamond shape (See image below)

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9. Set the tile with the hooked edges at the top and bottom. Paint a small diamond in the center of the tile with the top point of the diamond aligned with the tape at the top edge of the tile. Allow to dry for 45 min, and remove tape (See image below)

10. Repeat steps 7-9 for all remaining tiles

CONNECTING THE TILES:

11. For our design we arranged tiles five across and five down on a flat surface. The five tiles with only two hooks in the top should be placed at the bottom of the rows

12. Use chain links to connect the tiles together, and close the links using two pairs of pliers. This project shows 2 links being used (See image below)

Option : 1 or 2 links can be used to connect the tiles. 2 links will show more of the wall behind the tile art

STEPS TO HANG THE WALL ART:

13. Paint the 1” x 4” x 64” lumber to match the color of your existing walls and allow paint to dry for 2 -4 hours

14. For our design, ten screw eye hooks will be added to the lumber where the tile columns can attach. Starting at one end of the long skinny edge of the lumber, mark with a pencil the following measurements using the diagram and image below for reference:

15. Using a ¼” pre-drill bit, drill pilot holes into each pencil mark from Step 14 along the lumber

16. Twist screw eye hooks into each of the ten pilot holes

17. To attach the lumber to the wall, locate the wall studs along the wall with a stud finder and mark with a pencil at your desired height. On a standard wall the studs will be 16” apart. Using a drill with a Phillips head drill bit, drill (4) 4” wood screws along the lumber and into the wall studs

18. Apply wood putty over the screws with a putty knife and allow the putty to dry for 2-4 hours. Touch up the wood putty with paint that matches the color of the lumber

ATTACHING THE TILES TO THE LOAD BEARING LUMBER:

19. Take one column of tiles and hang them from the far left hooks on the load bearing board using single 1” chain links. Close the links with two pairs of pliers

20. Repeat Step 20 to attach the remaining four column of tiles (See image below)

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