How to Make Cheap Tile Look Expensive!

The title of this post may be a little misleading, because we’re going to show you SO much more than just how to upgrade your tile quickly and funly! ( oooh, new word!) The IOD Decor Stamp in Cubano is the unsung hero of Decor Stamps. Seriously one of our faves and an absolute versatile work horse! For instance, you can actually get numerous different patterns as you will see in some of the images and video we share here.

To start us off, check out this fun and quick video showing us using the Cubano Decor Stamp on some simple tumbled travertine tiles to create a rustic custom tile look!

Here is the same video, remixed so you can see the color using our china blue Decor Ink:

Have a floor that needs revamping? Look at how different the pattern looks in this video showing how my good friend Amy stamped her dated tile entry! ( By the way that was 9 months ago and it looks just as good as it did when she finished! )

Here are some other images people have shared with us!

Lynne Brundage of Ellen J. Goods KNOCKED it out of the park with this beautiful hutch! I love how she combined colors for a completely different look!


Here is a close up!



Here is one of our Favorite artists and a member of our design team, Illdiko’s creative take with Cubano!


Another one of our design team members, Joly Thomas, created a beautiful floor cloth and some rustic tile:



Have you created something with this fabulous design? IF not, what WOULD you create? Share with us in the comments! and as always, be sure to connect with your stockist to grab your own Cubano and go make something beautiful!  Brick and Mortar Stores and Online Stockists.


For more DIY tile project inspiration, check out these blog posts:

Old Dated Tile Made New with IOD Decor Stamps

DIY French Vintage Tile on a Home Depot Budget

How to DIY a Little Bohemian into Your Life

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  1. Jessica on July 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Look forward to seeing all the amazing things in this site.

    • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on August 20, 2019 at 3:05 pm

      Hi Jessica! Thank you for the kind words 🙂 if you enjoy our blog you might also love our YouTube channel! Sally and Josie share great how-to’s and fun projects with our IOD products. Click here to subscribe!

  2. Sue on July 31, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Doing my kitchen floor and bathroom and entrance in the near future…thanks for the info

    • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on August 20, 2019 at 3:14 pm

      Hi Sue, thank you for using our IOD products in your designing process! We would love to see your project; be sure to join our IOD Facebook Creative Tribe here to share your finished designs! Happy creating 🙂

      • Dawn Hallett on September 5, 2020 at 6:48 pm

        Can you do this on a wall? I have a bulk head I’d like to change it up, but I do t want to make tiles – I would just like to apply the design on the bulk head.

        • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on September 7, 2020 at 7:41 am

          Hi Dawn,

          Many of our users stamp right on walls!! I have seen it look fantastic!

      • Theresa on May 31, 2021 at 8:21 am

        Which stamp did they use here?

    • Jill Williams on September 11, 2019 at 2:27 pm

      We would like to do our kitchen floor which is lux. vinyl with the Cubano stamp. Do we use ink or paint? Do we seal it with something? Please advise us any way you can.
      Tim and Jill

    • Naomi Maiuzzo on January 20, 2021 at 5:49 am

      Thinking about using this technique for a wall behind electric wood stove.

  3. Paige on August 21, 2019 at 1:07 am

    For the Cubano stamp on tiles, i would LOVE to do the 2 color such as the one you displayed. For that pale blue color, would I have to go in and hand paint that in after my original stamp has been applied and dried?

    • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on August 21, 2019 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Paige! I am SO happy to hear you would love to use our Cubano Decor Stamp in a project! For this two color effect you are correct; the stamp is applied first the paint dried, and you can paint within the design. Our products are only available through approved IOD stockists, so click here to find a brick and mortar store near you or here for a list of well-stocked online stores. Happy creating!

  4. Danielle on April 4, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    I would like to use this template to stencil my bathroom shower white tiles. Can you please tell me what you would suggest to use paint wise?

    • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on April 6, 2020 at 8:14 am

      Hi Danielle,

      I would suggest reaching out on the tribe to see who may have had success with this process. If you are not a member of our creative tribe already I recommend joining! It is a very helpful resource for tips, inspiration, and hints. You can find our thriving and supportive creative tribe community for help and encouragement here: ( this is a closed group, but we will approve you promptly! )

  5. Alexia on September 16, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    Do you deliver in France ? I think about my outside floor ….and have you the price of cubano ?
    Thanks !

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