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What would you do with 1,000 ugly tiles?

Over the summer, our neighbor gave us well over a thousand white square ceramic tiles, the 5" x 5" boring ones.

Yes, you read that number right.

I was a little annoyed with my husband drug all these ugly tiles home, because I had no idea what we were going to do with them, even though were remodeling every single room in our house.

They first proved useful around Thanksgiving when a possum came on the porch and was going to attack one of my cats. This is the point where you want to close your eyes if you're not up for some good old-fashioned redneck resourcefulness: my husband dropped a tray of the tiles on the possums head and killed it.

One point for the ugly tiles.

I contemplated learning how to use a tile saw and making then interesting shapes, but decided against that. Finally, I decided to try to paint them, to make a backsplash for my kitchen.

That ended up working out well. Yesterday, I finished my 300th tile, and now they're all done. They're not ugly, either. There metallic silver with a crackle finish that matches the stainless steel appliances perfectly.

The bad thing about this project was that I tried to pick up one of the tile trays yesterday. Not considering that they were heavy enough to kill a large possum, I grabbed them without thinking and pulled out my back. (The plus side is, this injury makes it look like I have really good posture.)

I'm excited to show you all a picture of my backsplash at some point, but we still have to rip out a wall of the kitchen first and finish the expansion. That may or may not happen this weekend.

I think I may attempt decorative tiles for a custom shower with the rest of my load.


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nbaquero wrote on February 5, 2015, 12:04 PM

MsBiz There is always some use for things that other people considers trash.

j2jworkz wrote on February 5, 2015, 12:22 PM

Great idea, will be interested to see the final product (the backsplash, not the possum :( )

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 5, 2015, 12:45 PM

Cant wait to see the pictures. Hope your back feels better soon.

UK_Writer wrote on February 5, 2015, 12:49 PM

1000's a lot. I'd be annoyed at first too. Poor possum. It's good you've found a use for them, although it'd have been tempting to just shove them int he shed and hope they disappeared on their own.

MsBiz wrote on February 5, 2015, 1:03 PM

We almost always take anything that's still functional and free. If nothing else, you can always resell it!

MsBiz wrote on February 5, 2015, 1:08 PM

Hopefully it will be something others can replicate. The whole thing only cost about $30 total (and I'm guessing it's easy to find free, dated tiles).

MsBiz wrote on February 5, 2015, 1:09 PM

Thanks! I'm about to run some hot water on my back and see if that helps...

MsBiz wrote on February 5, 2015, 1:13 PM

The worst part was that we had to move them all three times. (They take up A LOT) of space. I've learned to live with these big hauls of my husband's though. This week, it was 50 or so potted trees... only 200 or so more to dig up and tote home!

crowntower wrote on February 5, 2015, 1:37 PM

I think it is really true that out of the ugly thing or person when it met the right person to take care of it, that person can bring out the best on that ugly thing or person. God bless the works of your hands, and be sure to be very careful in everything you do.

LeaPea2417 wrote on February 5, 2015, 2:00 PM

It is neat to be able to transform something ugly into something pretty and functional.

Feisty56 wrote on February 5, 2015, 4:15 PM

That's a great use of the tile and your decorating skills! If you haven't already, you'll want to find a clear sealant to apply over the paint on the tiles so you'll be able to wipe them off when in use.

PegCole17 wrote on February 5, 2015, 4:25 PM

You sound really creative in changing out the boring white tiles and making them match your kitchen.
Poor possum. My dogs were nearly attacked by a skunk. That didn't go too well for the dogs. P. U.

Squidwhisperer wrote on February 5, 2015, 10:33 PM

I was going there - Backsplash Possum - but now I can't. Though I guess I could always start a band...

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Squidwhisperer wrote on February 5, 2015, 10:35 PM

Smudge on my glasses made me see - "...1000 ugly titles." So of course I was curious. Curiosity of course led the reader to possum murder. The question I can only ask a self-labelled redneck: does this lead to possum stew?

j2jworkz wrote on February 6, 2015, 12:00 AM

@Squidwhisperer I can see the artistic backdrop for the band now...

Squidwhisperer wrote on February 6, 2015, 12:18 AM

My knees are wonky but I can't help feel we're talking punk... or post-neo-retro-punk...

j2jworkz wrote on February 6, 2015, 12:34 AM

I see crowd surfing and a little head banging going on... and then the complaints from the ASCPA

MsBiz wrote on February 6, 2015, 10:12 AM

I hope the artistic backdrop doesn't resemble what happens when you have to kill a possum in a hurry... Although that might appeal to some young, misguided demographics.

MsBiz wrote on February 6, 2015, 10:20 AM

Although I may have joked about eating it, to the extent of putting it in a disposable roaster pan and posting it to Facebook as "Thanksgiving dinner," I wouldn't eat possum. We're those fancy rednecks who buy our meat from the store and look for the "humane" and "grass fed" labels that we would never admit to caring about amongst fellow country folk.

MsBiz wrote on February 6, 2015, 10:22 AM

That's a great point! I need to look for some this weekend. I also have a baseline water resistance test because a muddy-pawed cat walked across a few just-dried ones yesterday and I need to clean them.

MsBiz wrote on February 6, 2015, 10:24 AM

Thanks you so much. There's something indescribably rewarding about creating things with your own hands emoticon :smile:

MsBiz wrote on February 6, 2015, 10:26 AM

I think remaking ugly "junk" into lovely, useful things is my favorite hobby. It gives me such a sense of satisfaction!

j2jworkz wrote on February 6, 2015, 10:50 AM

true... I'm sure the word is out in the neighborhood that all possums should avoid your house...

MsBiz wrote on February 6, 2015, 10:55 AM

They still love us for some reason. There was another on the porch last night, in fact. (It got to live.)

Squidwhisperer wrote on February 6, 2015, 11:20 AM

Well hopefully you at least got a nice possum hat out of the adventure...

WordChazer wrote on February 6, 2015, 3:21 PM

We need some for our bathroom. I am fed up of cleaning resourceful spiders' webbings off the top of the 3/4 tiles we have in there at the moment, that's for sure. If they're white, we'll have them *grin*

Coffee wrote on February 24, 2015, 8:40 AM

Keep them in the garage and I'm sure over the years they will all get used up!

thisnthat wrote on February 28, 2015, 7:52 PM

I would have a field day with them! You can make so many things from tiles. Tile framed mirrors, coasters, photo tiles... you could have an Etsy shop.
I'm glad the back splash turned out for you, although I would suggest investigating ways to seal it.