I want to preface this post with the following statement, “We were just going to LOOK at tile.”
So we looked… and then we bought some.
Three stores and a bagillion samples later we were almost tiled out when we stumbled into the clearance section at the last and final stop. Lo and behold we found some beautiful large planks of grey colored wood grained tile.
You can tell that is what we were going for as all the samples we grabbed throughout the day were in a very similar color/shade.
The top left sample was from our first stop and the most expensive at $15.00 per sq foot. While lovely, I’m pretty sure our laundry room doesn’t need the most expensive flooring in the house. All of our other favorites fell into the $7 to $8 per sq foot range until our big discovery.
The bottom right sample above is a small square of the ridiculously priced clearance tile. For $1.49 per sq foot it could have had pink polka dots on it and we may have considered it. But instead of pink polka dots it was a beautiful cool grey. Unfortunately there were only so many of the large planks left in the clearance section. They were returned when another buyer ordered more material than they needed. So we were left with a serious shortage.
The same tile was considerably more expensive when not on clearance, but thankfully the incredibly helpful tile guru recommended the thinner planking which was also on sale and once we had worked out a pattern we were good to go!
All in for the tile, grout, thin-set and spacers we walked out of the store for less than $100. That’s right, we’re the take no prisoners kind of shoppers.
Once home we couldn’t wait to try out our pattern…
Even in a totally raw state you can see what a HUGE difference the tile is going to make.
So what do you think? Were we incredibly lucky or what? Have you tiled before? Are we crazy for up and buying tile on the spot? That’s a hypothetical one…
Either way we’re committed now and ready for the tile party to begin!