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Unread 11-03-2013, 03:07 PM   #1
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Source for vintage tile?

Never had to do this before, so I know nothing about obsolete tile.

I have a request to restore a 50s bathroom that has the very common light blue 4-1/4" wall tile. I've seen (and torn out) zillions of these tiles, but I've never had to procure any. Is there a source for old (or new) tiles that match? I only need about a half dozen. Thanks for any leads.
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Unread 11-03-2013, 04:16 PM   #2
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DalTile and Florida Tile both make the entire rainbow of colors in 4x4.

If you are trying to "match" a old tile that is nearly impossible, however I'm told that World of Tile in New Jersey www.worldoftile.us/ has a massive stockpile of old tile and that they can sort through their inventory to find what you might be looking for.
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Unread 11-03-2013, 07:11 PM   #3
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Doug, if you'll enter vintage into the Advanced Search feature and ask for Titles you'll see similar threads. Do the same for discontinued.

Look then at the sticky thread in the Buy/Sell/Trade forum and maybe look through that forum a bit.

Bottom line: You ain't likely to find your tile, but don't cost nothin' to look.
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Dg, I just demo'ed a shower and saved a lot of those tiles. I will post a pic of them tomorrow.


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Unread 11-03-2013, 09:32 PM   #5
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Thanks Hammy, I appreciate that.

CX, I did read the sticky and done a search, no luck that route. I did find one on the auction site, looks like a possibility but hard to tell from the picture.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1950...item3cd565a7dd

I ordered one to see if it's a match.
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Unread 11-03-2013, 11:32 PM   #6
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B & W tile in CA. Their website isn't up to speed, doesn't show the colors, but they make the old pinks and blues. And all the old mud trim too.
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You can do a color match through Dal or AO but it would be spendy for such a small amount.
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Unread 11-05-2013, 06:08 PM   #8
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I've seen the old blue and pink tiles at the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. If you have any near you it might be worth a try.
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