DIY Concrete Wall Art: Mid Century Modern

Here’s how to make cool concrete wall art decor for your walls.

Create a triptych of wall tiles, MCM style with cement!

cat on ottoman with mid century modern concrete tiles

I am a big fan of modern design and yet, other than my furniture, I have very little modern decor.

So, I figured it was time to change that. I wanted to create a sort of triptych for wall art and have been wanting to use concrete or cement as a canvas which essentially became wall tile decor.

Since I love the atomic shapes and retro colors I have seen in Midcentury Modern wall paintings, I used that style as my inspiration.

It also helps that I’m a cat lover and that black cat was iconic during the Mid Century Mod period.

This ended up being really easy to make and I think the contrast of the brighter paint with the dark grey colored cement wall tiles is really pretty.

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     DIY Difficulty Level | Easy

Materials For Making Mid Century Modern Wall Art

materials for making concrete wall art
materials for concrete tiles

Before starting the tutorial, it may be helpful to read my article comparing the different concrete mixes and sealers– Cement & Concrete Crafts Tests!

Another important article is Making Cement Crafts Techniques & Tips with info on cement materials, mixture consistencies, demolding, safety and clean up!

DIY Concrete Wall Art Tutorial Steps

Step 1. Prep The Concrete Wall Art Design

Decide what design you will paint or draw onto your tile.

If you want to prepare your design first on a computer, rather than hand draw, then in Step 7, you can print it out and use the white transfer paper to transfer it to the tile.

Otherwise, you will just draw your design straight onto the tile, no need to use transfer paper between or pre-draw it and use the transfer paper- again, the drawing will be for Step 7.

concrete wall decor

Step 2. Prep The Colorant

mixing the colorant

Mix up the powder colorant. Do the mixing in the disposable bottle but first, lightly mix 12oz of water with about 1/8 cup of colorant powder in the disposable measuring cup.

You can add more or less colorant than this, depending on how dark you want your wall tiles to be.

The charcoal colorant stains everything, so this is why you are using a disposable measuring cup.

charcol concrete pigment mixed

There will be more liquid colorant than you’ll need for this project, so you’ll be able to use the left over for another project.

After combining it in the measuring cup, pour it into a water bottle. Shake it to mix up the coloring.

Make sure to re-shake this well just before adding it to the cement because the colorant will keep separating from the water.

Step 3. Mix The Cement and Colorant

concrete consistency

You’ll need about 2 scoops of the cement to make one tile if you are using the 6×6 container and want it 1/2″ thick. Add the colorant to the mix little by little. There should be no lumps and it should look like a thick milkshake.

Step 4. Lubricate The DIY Concrete Wall Art Mould

diy concrete wall art step prep container

Spray the vegetable oil into the container, then pour in the cement.

Step 5. Create Hanging Hole

modern concrete wall art concrete in mold

After letting it sit about 15-20 minutes, create the hole for hanging. Just flip over the tile and mark out the center, and about 1″ from the top.

Take the screwdriver/chisel and scrape away some space at the center. Be sure the top of the hole is flat to better hold a nail or screw.

Make the hole about 1/2″ wide. In case your hole isn’t perfectly centered, this will give you flexibility when hanging it.

Step 6. De-mould The Concrete

demoulded concrete wall art

After about an hour, you can de-mould the cement. Flip it over onto a soft towel to protect it and gently shake and tap, it should slide right out of the mould. Be careful with the residue from the vegetable spray from the container. If it gets on your fingers and you touch the cement, you will get a darker oil spot where you have touched it. I got a spot on one of my tiles, but I don’t mind it.

Step 7. Transfer Concrete Wall Art To Tile

concrete wall art transfer paper
printed paper with modern design taped to transfer paper that's taped to the concrete tile
white lines on tile from being traced and transfer from graphite paper

Once you have all three tiles, go ahead and transfer the design to the tile.

Just tape the transfer paper to your tile, then tape your design on top of that. Use a pen to trace over your design.

When finished, remove the transfer paper and the paper print out.

Step 8. Paint The Cement Tile

diy concrete wall art tile painted using markers in mid century mod design


Tiles on coffee table.
3 painted concrete tiles on wall

triptych of concrete tiles

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