12.10.2012

TILE WOES

Last week I finally bit the bullet and ordered our master bathroom tile. A few days later, the fine folks at Home Depot called back and said it had been discontinued and was no longer available anywhere. The factory didn't have any. No Home Depot on the Eastern seaboard had any hiding on its shelves. The measly eight cases that I needed didn't just didn't exist. Upon confirming this with the manufacturer myself, I could feel my heart dropping down into my toes when I realized this little tile dream just wasn't going to happen. 
Source: homedepot.com via Emily on Pinterest







I could kick myself because I hemmed and hawed over this purchase for months, because I am terrible -- terrible -- at making decisions. (And also because we had other things to spend our renovation cash on at the time, like HVAC for ensuring we have heat this winter...)


So now I don't know if my favorite bathroom scheme will work out. I haven't been able to find anything comparable at a similar price point, though I am slightly hopeful that the kind people at American Olean -- one of the primary tile brands at Lowe's -- might be my tile heroes. (I'm looking into it.) Meanwhile tile companies and condescending home improvement store employees keep telling me that "most people want bright white," but I am just not feeling it. The bright white tiles, because they are glazed, have a completely different (i.e. less natural) look and feel. I'm not aiming for a weird or eccentric look by any means, but I think the item that "most people" would go for probably won't work for our house or for me.

So for now it's back to the drawing board, and I'm hoping maybe I'll find something even better. You never know, right? Or maybe I'll just make my own (ha).

11 comments:

  1. Hmmm these appear to be what we used. Unglazed by Olean? We bought them at a local tile store. I wonder if any of your local tile companies (I.e. not a superstore) would be more helpful?


    Hope you find some soon.

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    1. Merola Tile Old World 2 in. Hex Antique White 12 in. x 10-1/2 in. Unglazed Porcelain Mosaic Floor and Wall Tile

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  2. Darn. that stinks. I like the unglazed look as well. good luck, I hope you find an affordable solution!

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  3. Have you tried the Tile Shop? (www.tileshop.com) Perhaps they have something similar. Good luck in your search!

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    1. The Tile Shop has a lot of nice options in general, but I haven't been able to find "the one" there. I ordered a sample of the Tile Shop's "Hex Milk" tile a few months ago, but it doesn't really work for what I want.

      (http://www.tileshop.com/product/productdetail.aspx?familyID=1146&recordID=352268)

      It might be pretty in a country-style kitchen as a backsplash, but the glaze felt a little too "contrived" for the natural look I'm going for. It's also quite blue around all the edges of the tile, which was surprising but pretty in its own way. Oh, and it is SUPER glazed -- as in, it would be a major slippery mess underfoot, so that was the final straw for that one!

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    2. Ah, that's too bad. I'm sure you will find something just right! Patience always pays off :)

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  4. Ebay? They have a bunch of hexagon shaped tiles...

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  5. Good luck finding the tile!

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  6. Bummer! Super duper bummer. The worst bummers happen with procrastonation I've found.

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    1. So, so true. That is the downfall of saving up and paying with cash as you go -- slow reaction times. :-/

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  7. Thanks for the feedback, i've posted your tile and ideas on our suggestion box.

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