Update: World of Tile has now closed. See our story on the liquidation sale going on through about Nov. 15 here.
One of the biggest “needs” of owners of mid century homes is: Replacement tile for cracked or broken original tiles in otherwise perfectly beautiful and functional mid century bathrooms. Now that we have discovered World of Tile we have probably the single best place in the nation (so far) where we have a chance to find an authentic vintage match for our 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and even 1980s bathrooms. In fact, when I checked in with Chippy on Monday — after my first two stories on World of Tile ran — she said that she had 60 emails from readers. The first three she opened were for replacement tile. She was able to match two immediately — it seems like she has a photographic memory for all her inventory. The third, she had in marble but not in ceramic – but it looked like it would work.
How to do business with World of Tile to find the replacement tile that you need? Watch this video with Chippy:
Bottom line: If you have vintage tile and need some replacement tile — you are going to need to send her a sample. There are just way too many vintage colors to match any other way.
How to reach World of Tile: Click here for their website.
Another interesting story: When I visited World of Tile, Chippy and I got to talking about pink bathrooms, of course. She quickly chimed in that there was no “single pink” in the way back hey day — there were many many pinks. And she said that World of Tile carries as least 20 different colors of pink replacement tiles. Update: On my second visit, I counted 95 vintage pink tile colors! So, yes, if you are going to try to match — get ready to send a sample.