Back in May, The Tile Shop was having a sale over Memorial Day weekend so on that Monday evening right before the sale ended, we browsed their site. I've always loved penny tile but hadn't considered it for the kitchen for some reason. What swayed me was the price, along with the additional holiday weekend % off and free shipping based on a large order. The only color that I liked was moss, and I knew from reading a few blogs (here, here, here and here) and looking at in-real-life photos from Google Images that it wasn't actually green at all, but pale gray. So we took a gamble and ordered it, sight unseen, but very happy about the price (under $500 for a huge order of tile - 90 sq ft).
Well, I started getting emails in June and July about shipping delays, and continued to get emails up until a few weeks ago when lo and behold, the tile finally arrived on our doorstep. We brought it all up to Breck and then scheduled the tile guy who did our living room and bedroom fireplaces to help us install it. While I like doing tile on the floor, I don't love doing wall and I especially don't like doing finished edges. I like to be able to hide messy edges and imperfections on floor tile with baseboard moulding. Curt and I just aren't pros at the fine finishing details and hours or days of work can be ruined, in my opinion in just a few minutes with messy finishing. Curt doesn't totally agree with me, but he did agree to hire out this work which made me happy :)
We drove up to Breck last Friday night and the tile job was complete. Eric, our tile guy, was just cleaning up. I spent a good chunk of time on Saturday finishing the cleaning and buffing of the tile. The more I wiped and polished, the more the dark edges became visible underneath the grout and the more the shine intensified. Because the dark edges around the penny tiles are uneven and not repeated exactly the same on each tile, it just looks less stark and cold to me. I am in LOVE with it!
My favorite part is the taller tiled area near our second sink and dishwasher. All along I'd wanted to do a totally different backsplash here but I never did decide on anything, and Curt didn't like the idea anyway. Now that I see it, I think he was right. The only part I don't like over there is the little side wall that got tiled. I think it would have been better to leave that untiled, and let the main wall shine. But that's how it goes when you aren't there for the tile guy to ask questions. The tile guy did clarify how we wanted the edges done - straight, cut tiles or whole, round tiles on the edges - and I love the look of the whole round tiles.
When the light hits it, the tile looks super shiny like glass or like little sequins. We went with white grout to break up all of the gray, and the white didn't turn out to be very noticeable. It's still a LOT of gray, between the floor tile, concrete counters and this backsplash. It's probably a little too neutral for most people, but I love it and I'm happy with the round edges that I think soften all of the straight lines in that room.
|I love how different it looks depending on the light|