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The facebook post said “What has been your favorite find lately? Please share!!” They found a pair of ornate candelabra lamps. I haven’t purchased anything lately but figured surely I could find something “for a whole new purpose” in this overstuffed house. Perhaps an item I had forgotten. Hmm, yes, there was the old mirror still in the garage. That would do. It was my father-in-law’s and I’ve been planning on cleaning it up for a couple years now. How can years go by like that? Years!

Anyway, we were just talking about the tile work in the kitchen and I mentioned we needed six tiles as close as possible to the original tile to fill the hole. Photography is really difficult in such a dark kitchen so we’re painting all the cabinets white and the walls a beautiful creamy white. I can’t wait! The lighting will be glorious! Here is my cluttered, dark, Kitchen Before, with out-dated orangey woodwork, brass knobs and fruit-that-matches-NOTHING tiles.

Stove area before the redo, with fruit tiles that don't match a thing in my entire house and orange wood cabinets.

Stove area before the redo, with fruit tiles that don’t match a single thing in my entire house and orange wood cabinets.


As we talked about the tile, my husband remembered the old boxes of discontinued tile samples in the garage. They were being thrown out from a construction job eight years ago. What a surprise! Look at my amazing new craft supplies!
Tile samples.

Tile samples.


Granite tile samples

Granite tile samples


Border, relief and bullnose tile samples. These are heavy and gorgeous!

Border, relief and bullnose tile samples. These are gorgeous!


And in that box of old tile were exactly SIX tiles that EXACTLY matched the color and texture of the existing tile in our kitchen! Now what are the chances of that? Wow! We’re pinching even the pennies we find in the sofa to do this kitchen remodel so finding tiles that match is crazy encouraging!
It was hard to capture the color and texture on the tiles but they match almost exactly.

It was hard to capture the color and texture on the tiles but they match almost exactly.


The new tiles are about 1/16th” too big and the original tile was tightly set so we’ll have to carefully sand off a bit of the new tiles to make them fit. But the surface texture and color match couldn’t be better!

I’m looking forward to using the mirror and working with tile this week. What fun to go treasure hunting in my own garage. God cares about so many little details in our lives and the fact that he made sure eight years ago to stow away six little tiles I’d need today is just amazing.

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