A few weeks ago a gal in California contacted me thru the internet with some vintage new-in-box aluminum tiles that she was trying to get rid of -- to to a good home. I took her up on a small sample to redo my shower tile with, which had been renovated using a decidedly non-MCM navy blue and white color scheme. All I really wanted to do was replace each navy tile with a different color.
The tiles were wafer thin and coated with paint on one side. She sent a sampler along to show all the different colors and sizes.
All I needed was some tin snips and clear silicon caulk. I tried folding one tile to take care of the corner diamond, but it didn't work out so I ended up cutting it manually and caulking the two halves into the corner.
Installation went up in a jiffy. Here it is in the awkward argyle phase overnight, being held on with blue tape. Honestly, they didn't really need the tape but I left it on for good measure.
Here's the finished project. White and celadon green tiles! Not bad for twenty bucks, 30 minutes and a little elbow grease!
The tiles were manufactured by a company called Bestile and they stick over any standard 4 inch tile out there. The seller says they are 50s-era and she has boxes upon boxes of them. Can't find anything out on the internet about them. I do not know if they were intended to be used in place of regular tiles, or as a quick-fix veneer like I did. I would imagine that I cannot use Comet cleanser on my grout anymore -- must do some tests to see if it scratches or dulls the surface.
Leave a message here if you are interested in trying them out, an I'll put you in touch. She has tons to get rid of!