Nick had today (Saturday) off, so he, Sadie, Ben P and I all went tile shopping. In case we didn’t tell you already, Ben has gifted us with a tub tile surround. He has hired a professional tile mason to do the work and spent 4 hours today helping us pick out tile as 3 different home stores here in Portland.
Originally, we were planning on using some recycled glass mosaic tile we found online. It was a pale greenish-blue color, and we were pretty happy with it. But after the tile mason came over to spec out the bathroom, he suggested to Ben that we really look at some local places before buying tile online. He said there’s a chance the tile can arrive cracked, or have inconsistencies in the color. So, Ben set up some appointments for us at Old Port Specialty Tile, Paul White Interiors, and Capozza Tile.
Since Nick and I both tend to be pretty DIY and self-directed (read: stubborn and unlikely to listen to advice) , I didn’t have a lot of faith that a tile salesperson would be able to help us figure out what we wanted. But at Capozza, we hit the jackpot. Our saleswoman was extremely helpful and pointed us towards some beautiful, oversized, glazed Italian subway tile we’d never seen before. We decided to go with an aqua for the majority of the surround, which will be accented with a row of rectangular vertical mosaic tile in white, greens and blues.
Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of the tile company and have scoured the web trying to find it, but the closest I can find is this image. Picture the color in a very soft aqua and that’s what it basically looks like. We can’t wait! Ben is going to Panama for two weeks, and he wants to learn from the tile mason, so they’ll be doing the installation when Ben gets back in March. We can’t wait.