The kitchen in our new house appears to have been redone in the 1940's, along with the bathrooms. The white tile looks like it's in reasonably good shape, but there is one small corner piece missing. I wanted to see how easy this would be to replace, and it turns out: pretty easy.
The first stop in my quest was Wells Antique Tile in Echo Park. This place is basically wonderful. Packed full (in a tasteful way) of architectural salvage pieces like doors and hardware, as well as tiles of just about every kind, it's a veritable wonderland in which one can get lost for a solid 18-36 minutes. Being a Fiestaware nerd, I stood in front of this shining beacon for at least three of those minutes:
There are too many rare and expensive pieces in this case to call any of them out, so let's move on.
Here are some trim pieces:
and some other things I found beautiful:
They also have doors (not outrageously priced, but maybe not as inexpensive as Silverlake Salvage) and hardware:
Ultimately, they didn't have the tile I needed, but the service was extremely friendly and the inventory is great. They referred me to Mortarless, which did have the piece I needed. Future post. You know, for after we actually move in.
Wells Antique Tile 2110 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 (213) 413-0558 wellstile.com
Hours: Tue-Sat 11 am - 5:30 pm