Reno #14: they’re here!

The kitchen tiles have arrived!

You’re looking at my next renovation task: getting the kitchen splash-back tiled. Are these not the perfect tiles for a quilter? You can almost name the blocks they were designed from. I know they’re not the ones I originally chose, but I feel a sneaking sense of relief; these are smaller and easier to work with, a whole lot cheaper, plus easier to get hold of. And I think it’s probably clear from the photo that the kitchen isn’t exactly going to be short of colour anyway!

There are 10 different tile designs, there are 35 in a box, so you get at least 3 of each, plus some random extras. It’s just a pity I can’t pin them up on my design wall to select the layout! And by the way, am I the only one thinking that one at top left a bit overpowering? I think it needs to be placed next to the star and the triangles so it doesn’t shout so loudly. I have two boxes, so I could if necessary leave out any tiles that don’t blend enough to please my eye. I do want to use leftovers elsewhere in the house too, so hopefully I can make them all work.

So, the Easter weekend’s coming up. I have an appointment with tile adhesive, a toothed trowel and a spirit level…

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70 thoughts on “Reno #14: they’re here!

  1. tialys says:

    We realised our bathroom tiles which all the same white distressed effect colour but 7 different designs which we hadn’t realised at first. Mr. Tialys laid them out on a spare piece of floor in order to sort the layout. Can you do that somewhere?

    • katechiconi says:

      I could probably tape out a section of sewing room floor and do it there, if I can find enough that isn’t slowly drowning under a rising tide of *stuff* that has nowhere else to go…. yet. My worry would be that they’d look different ‘standing up’ and in different lighting.
      I like the sound of your tiles, too… Is a photo possible, for inspiration?

  2. mlmcspadden says:

    I love those tiles! And some of them make me want to make a quilt block design from them…..like that one on the upper left…..says the person who really doesn’t like piecing with curves. I need a design for a challenge quilt so I might just have to work with that image to see what I can come up with for it.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve emailed you some shots from the brochure to see if there’s anything you can use there. And sewing curves successfully is just a matter of practice, so you’re going to do a great job!

      • mlmcspadden says:

        The brochure will help wonderfully. Will make a sketch this week and play with it with scraps before i work with the limited amount of the challenge fabric that I have. =) Will try pieced first, and if that doesn’t work the applique it will be.

      • katechiconi says:

        The tiles are about 8 inches square if that helps with scale? A curve that size shouldn’t be too hard to achieve

  3. Lynda says:

    Loving this design! Can you use your pass-through bar surface for layout? What will you be edging the top of the tiles with when they are all up and grouted?

  4. Ooh they’re lovely tiles, I’m sure they’ll look stunning whatever pattern you go with. (Not a quilter over here, so no suggestions to make)

    • katechiconi says:

      I want to try and make the effect as random as possible. With 10 different patterns, I think there’s a good chance… I love how rich the effect is, even though it’s just greys and whites.

  5. How fun! I have never seen tiles designed like these. Great choice for a quilter. πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      They’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but you’re right, perfect for me! I like the combination of complex but traditional designs with a cool, neutral and modern colour palette.

  6. kathyreeves says:

    This is another one of those giant check jobs. Am I right that tiling the kitchen is the last thing before you can finish putting everything away in there? Even though you are very tired, this has to be a job that fuels your energy! The tiles are wonderful.πŸ˜„

  7. nanacathy2 says:

    They are the perfect tiles for you, and I can’t help wondering if a monochrome quilt will be the next thing..

  8. Dayphoto says:

    You are most wonderfully creative and ever so talented! Clap Clap Clap

  9. The top left one does seem slightly “out” in some way. Could you switch it with one from the lower level? But they are gorgeous and I have Tile Envy.

    • katechiconi says:

      These are by no means final positions, just how they came out of the box. The ‘offness’ only appeared in the photo, it didn’t seem so strong in real life, but I’ll definitely be fiddling with its location when I come to do the final layout. They really are lovely, aren’t they?

  10. magpiesue says:

    This won’t be helpful in the least but I think the tiles need to be separated with sashing. πŸ˜‰ I’d be tempted to try for a medallion style layout – but the spaces you have to fill don’t sound like they lend themselves to that approach. Whatever you do I’m sure it will be fantastic in the end!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ll be doing a very narrow sashing of white grout, probably about 1/8 inch wide! The only space that would lend itself to a medallion is over the stove, and the tile designs don’t really lend themselves…. it’s laying out F2F blocks all over again!

  11. Kate, I have never seen such tiles before – and they are stunning! I agree with you about that top left fellow, but I’m also pretty sure you will sort out where to put him so be blends a little easier with his companions. What a delightful job to be engaged with, your kitchen will be a talking point!

    • katechiconi says:

      They’re Johnson Modello, a special order from Bunnings! They’re matt rather than shiny, and the surface has a lovely feel. They’re also dual purpose, in that you can also use them on the floor. I’m looking forward to playing with them for the best layout πŸ™‚

  12. So lucky you have a good tradeswoman at hand for this task… hopefully the Easter Bunny will deliver much good chocolate.

  13. Beautiful tiles … exactly right for you … enjoyable work ahead albeit a bit fiddley … not something my fingers would handle anymore 😐 Would have loved to be there while you are doing this xxx

  14. KerryCan says:

    Of all the reno projects you’ve ever done, this one might make you most excited! Such a perfect set of tiles for a quilter! I’ll be interested in what you decide to do with the leftovers.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s funny you should say that… I keep spotting areas I’d like to use them. The Husband is joining in the fun and pointing out places they’d look nice. It wouldn’t altogether surprise me if another box of tiles somehow makes its way into this house!

  15. It may become difficult to cook with so many quilting ideas staring at you. Or perhaps these tiles will inspire new geometric plating concepts for serving breakfast…

  16. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    They will be stunning !!!

  17. anne54 says:

    I am sure that by now you have the issue resolved ~ and knowing you, probably got half of them glued in place already! It’s good to hear that you are planning some chocolate in the short term and trip north in the medium term. Fingers crossed for that leave. BTW, the tiles are stunning.

    • katechiconi says:

      It looks as if I’ll have to postpone the tiling for a bit for various reasons. Frustrating, but there you go. The trip north in June will also feature chocolate strongly – I’ll be revisiting Coffee Works in Mareeba, where they make their own stunning version. Leave approval permitting, of course….

  18. Terri says:

    Those are beautiful tiles. Might be worth taking photos of the 10 tiles, print them out sized to around the tile size, copy as many as you need and pin them to your design wall to get an idea of the layout that would work best. Good luck with the ultimate quilting project.

    • katechiconi says:

      That’s exactly what I’d do – if I had a design wall right now. Sadly, my sewing room is currently the dumping ground for every tool, paint pot, empty and full cardboard box in creation, and none of my sewing stuff is unpacked. It’ll have to be done on my computer, using photos of the areas to be tiled. Happy days. Still, if I put one on the wall and I hate it, I have time to peel it back off and make a substitution – a lot quicker than frogging! But there’ll be a lot of standing back and squinting, I feel πŸ™‚

  19. gorgeous. I much prefer them, personally. I bet any spare ones would make fabulous coasters for the kitchen. We kept back lots of our floor tiling (natural slate) which I sawed up, stuck protectors on and it makes fab mats on the windowsills – we had the windows simply plastered. You’ll have seen the slate in my jewellery photos too πŸ˜‰

  20. rutigt says:

    Those tiles fit you perfect!!!! Thank you for sending the new address!!

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