The Flor tiles. They look familiar, no?
To use a very bloggy word, I "repurposed" them. I had the 8 in the hall, and you may remember from my guest appearance on The Waffler that I had bought 12 more at once point when they were on clearance. But then I decided they really did not go very well with the new bulls eye rug in the living room. Not that I had done anything about that. It just was kind of the situation.
So, when the mudroom bug hit me last week I put the extra tiles in there as a test. It worked. Covering up that floor was like fresh spring breeze. And, no, it was not perfect, since that tile is hardly level or even, but until I can re-tile the room more to my liking? It's cool.
Well, almost cool. I was short a few tiles. Even when I dragged in the filthy, filthy, oh how did I never notice how filthy, tiles from the front hall. Still short maybe 3 or 4 tiles. So I called Flor. They really do have lovely and helpful customer service. The nice man confirmed that Needlepoint Stripe was out of commission, but told me that Line, Please was "virtually" the same. Cool! I ordered 5 tiles, just to be safe.
They came Friday and I did not crack the box until Sunday night: install time. Weeeell, it turns out that "virtually" is not the same as "actually" when it comes to sameness. They are the same color, sure, but not the ame texture really. The new ones have stripes that are a little fatter, a little less tight. Crap.
But, we went with it. JWH suggested that if we parquet-in (is that a verb?) the new tiles, making them all run the same direction perhaps it'll look like variation is just due to direction. I think he's right. Hardly noticeable. And for the cost of buying 5 tiles versus 23*? Deal.
*We had 2 extra after the install. 2 very dirty tiles. We hid the other dirtiest ones under the bench and the 2 dirty-gerties who had to hit the prime time? I washed them in the sink, with dish soap. They are still a tad mangier than the new ones, but at least I am not so squicked out about touching them.