Shopping For ‘Wacky’ Tiles

‘Tis time for us to choose tile for our Dutch colonial’s kitchen + baths!

I knew I wanted this vintage awesome-ness for our main bath floor:

tile -- main bathroom

Black + white floral mosaic

So, we gassed up the car + searched for said-same.

7 different places in 3 different cities — incl. Chicago — but nothing.

Apparently, my tastes are so ‘wacky’,

that nobody — ever — carries what I want!

Does this happen to you, too?

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Anyway, the good news is that moments later,

G.O. found it online at (free shipping, no waiting!)

+ ordered it just yesterdee.

tile -- main bathroom

$5-something sq. ft.
Plus, amazon’s free shipping.
Not bad.

Thank goodness for the internet, am I right?

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But wait.

Back to the brick-and-mortar tile search.

I was hoping to find kitchen backsplash tiles, too.

Something 3″ x 6″ + medium gray, please.

Let’s have a look-see at said-same in my latest kitchen sketch:


Look how a medium gray contrasts so nicely

with both white cabs + dark countertop:

backsplash #6 -- pinterest


The humanity, though!  We struck out again!

Who’d have thought 3″ x 6″ gray tiles would be too ‘wacky’ to find?

Anyway, it was back to online shopping for us.

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I’ve already sent for samples, + these 2 have arrived in my mailbox:

tile 5th avenue smoke glossy $3.99 per sq. ft.

5th Avenue tile in smoke glossy @ $3.00 sq. ft.

Methinks ‘smoke’ is code for too brown-ish, so this was nixed.

tile 5th avenue gray glossy $3.99 per sft

5th Avenue gray glossy @ $3.99 per sq. ft.

This is pretty but too pale to pop nicely against white cabs.

So it’s back to the search!

I’ve already found something that appears pretty spectacular:

tile -- crackled glaze from Home Depot

Ms International from Home Depot
Dove Gray @ $8.98 sq. ft.

It looks suitably medium gray, appears hand-crafted, it’s crackled.

Nobody loves the crackle glaze tiles more than I do!

Here’s what Home Depot sez about it:

With the MS International 3 in. x 6 in. Dove Gray Porcelain Wall Tile, it’s easy to add a splash of contemporary styling to your decor. This attractive tile features a crackled look on a smooth surface in a trendy subway style. Handsome gray shades of this glossy porcelain create a distinct pattern for various install projects in bathrooms, kitchens and other residential or commercial spaces.

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So.  Excuse me while I whip out my Visa card

+ order a sample box of these wacky cuties.

Fingers crossed I’ll love them!

Stay tuned!


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