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Granite and Slate Tile Trials

Started the interior design for the new studio-workshop build and I’ve decided to leave granite and slate behind. Going with porcelain tile and/or ceramic tile in the bathroom and kitchen. Ceramic tile is a little cheaper than porcelain but porcelain tile is denser, stronger, resists moisture and is said to be more stain resistant than ceramic.

Past renovations have confirmed that granite countertops are not my cup of tea. Way to many fingerprints and I bitched and moaned about how dirty the granite always looked even though I wiped them down 20 times a day. There’s no question that I could have picked a lighter granite, but until they offer a fingerprint resistant granite … pass.

I’m privy to the pros and cons of slate tile floors – from the brick and mortar & bungalow renovations and thought I loved it but … the bungalow bathroom has a black slate tile floor that wasn’t sealed – for some reason – and there’s nothing simple about taking care of an unsealed slate floor, especially in a small bathroom. Slate is a flaky, dusty stone, that absorbs moisture and scratches easily. Done and done. Whoosh.

Based on the unsealed black slate tile mistake, sans ripping it out and starting over, I’m getting ready to restore the floor.  First I have to fix a few grout lines that have chipped or discolored. Once the grout dries I’ll scrub the slate by hand, with a soft sponge and soapy bucket of Dawn detergent … followed by a layer of mineral oil with a foam brush.  After that dries – or soaks in – I’ll wipe it down with a soft damp cloth and then foam brush a layer of a color enhancing stone sealer, (every year) to deepen the color and make it easier to clean. It could happen. We’ll see.

Could have been worse. Onward.

“If you know it’s not right, don’t do it.”
― adapted Marcus Aurelius

 

If You Can’t Hide It, Decorate It

Unpacking continues and with it comes the decision to fix the injured mosaic pieces or toss them in the trash and not look back.   If only. ;-|

Have been meaning to rescue this damaged mosaic tile mirror multiple times and I’m really glad I did. Not to shabby.

Mosaic Tile Mirror - tilegypsy.com
BEFORE

Black and white tile makes me happy. Flowers too.

Mosaic Tile Mirror - tilegypsy.com
AFTER

 

 

Box O’Shard Art

Started listing one-of-a-kind pieces of shard art from the brick & mortar days. Beautiful shape and lovely to gaze at. Click images for listings so far.

Mosaic Tile Mirror Prince Charming
Prince Charming 2002

Prince Charming -A gently loved shard art picture frame called “Prince Charming” at the time but the photo can be switched out. Created with Old Willow china shards, blue and white ceramic tile, vintage dwarf figurines, vintage white plastic horse, glass gems, an A and B with a couple of glass red hearts. Measures approximately 12″inches x 10 1/2″ inches x 2″inches and weighs in around 6 pounds. Hangers attached for immediate display. Beautiful vintage shape.

There’s a Pretty, Pretty Princess companion shard art picture frame too! Listing it after a few minor repairs.

Pink Shard Art Pretty, Pretty Princess
Pink Shard Art Pretty, Pretty Princess 2002 – Listing soon.

Old Willow China Mirror
Old Willow 2002

“Old Willow” is a gently loved shard art mirror using Old Willow China, blue ceramic tile and a bluish green glass tile border. Mirror is glued in place and the peace measures approximately 10″inches x 10″ inches x 3/4″inches. Since photos were taken the back has been painted silver and a Sawtooth hanger has been attached for immediate display. Wonderful vintage shape. Fun peace.

Shard Art Mosaic Tile Picture Frame
P is for Perfect 2003

“P is for Perfect”  is a shard art picture frame created with a lovely floral vintage china, glass gems, the word JOY spelled out with typewriter keys, a glass heart and a penny border. The photo can be easily replaced with another photo or a small mirror of your choice. Picture frame can stand or hang and measures approx 8″inches x 81/2″inches x 2 1/2″inches standing. Saw-tooth hanger attached. Gently loved vintage condition. Wonderful peace.

Shard Art Bowl
Lucky Frog 2002

“Lucky Frog” a vintage turquoise square wood bowl with  floral vintage china shards and a lucky frog. Has been in storage, is in lovely vintage shape and the little frog has a twinkle in his eye … one eye more than the other but so cute. Great for keys, jewelry and mail. Measures approx 11″inches x 11″inches x 2″inches.

Blue Bird
Whew! Have a nice day!