If you’ve been around here for the last week or so, you know that I have two showers ready for tile, and exactly zero tiles picked out to finish them off with.
Trust me, I’ve been looking at samples, magazines, tile shops, and occasionally peeping my head into the bathrooms of unsuspecting strangers uh, friends. Thus far, I haven’t been punched in the face or thrown in jail, but it’s really only a matter of time.
But a couple of weeks ago, Robin @ 3Acres (who sends me the best inspiration pictures, by the way) uploaded this gorgeous kitchen in one of her comments:
And can I say I just love that tile? Well, actually, that’s exactly what I did, I said, “Robin, I love that tile. Do you think it would work in a bathroom?” And the next thing I know she sends me this from a post on Things That Inspire:
And I’m all, “Wha..oh! Wait. I can’t…wh…ah… OH MY GOD I NEED THAT TILE.” I am telling you all, that is the tile that is meant to be in my full bath. The “subtle taupe of the handmade subway tile” according to Holly from Things That Inspire, is exactly what I need. And now all I had to do was find this exact tile.
Something like this tile, even.
Something where you could squint one eye and blink and make yourself think it was this tile.
So let me tell you how that went. In fact, I thought I’d illustrate it so you could get the full effect of my experience.
I wasn’t worried because there was a link to this tile on Holly’s website: Renaissance Tile & Bath
I know, I know, I have high expectations in thinking that your product website would contain pictures of your product, a search bar, or a got-damned email address.
Okay, now I’m starting to lose patience.
No kidding, I spend three hours searching the website of every distributor in every state for a subtle taupe handmade subway tile. I resort to sending pictures of the kitchen and bath in emails to the two tile distributors that actually have emails on their website.
Actual excerpt from one of these emails:
Wonderful sales people of Palmer Todd,
I’m not located in San Antonio (even though I am a fan of the great state of Texas). I’m actually a quite desperate homeowner/home builder in the currently frozen state of Michigan. I’m looking for a tile manufactured by Renaissance Tile… I found my way to you from their otherwise completely uninformative website. I believe what I’m looking for is from their Nest collection. I’ve attached an image with the tile I’m looking for, is there any chance that you can identify this tile and/or that I can purchase samples from you?
I thought my email contained all of the important elements: gratuitous flattery, italics to emphasize my desperation, and an offer to pay for their services. Guess how many responses I got?
I tried googling all variations of “subtle taupe tile handmade subway glazing I’m about to go crazy from searching for this tile” which was about as effective as you would suspect.
And then slumped over my keyboard and passed out for the next twelve hours.
I spent a lot of time last week at my local tile shops looking for something similar. They both carried a handmade subway tile! I brought samples home!
None of the samples were “subtle taupe”.
I braved the elements on my lunch breaks in search of just the right color…
And I finally threw my hands up in the air and paid an exhorbant amount of money for one case of 4″ square tiles in “canvas”. (Far right.)
Which is “grayer” than subtle taupe, but not as pink as the other options.I figured I could lay out a couple square feet and see how I really feel about it before making a big commitment. I’m thinking of using the 4″ tiles in a brickwork pattern instead of subway tiles, which will work better for the edges I’m wrapping, hopefully.
What I do like about these hand glazed tiles is the variation in the color. I’m not going to do any kind of accent bar, I’m just going to keep it simple and let the natural variations in the tile be the “interesting” part.
Or I’m going to scrap this whole idea and go with something else entirely. Stranger things have happened. Like this one time, I visited a website that didn’t have an email address on it.