vintage-bathroom-blueYesterday I flagged to readers that the longtime owners of B&W Tile have put the business up for sale. We sure hope the new owners continue making all the delicious pastel tile colors, which are real go-tos in our Retro Renovation world. To show just how delicious these tiles are, I scrubbed the archives for some of the reader projects using B&W Tile that we have featured over the years. Above: The blue bathroom above is Nanette and Jim’s.

vintage pink bathroomAbove: Nanette and Jim also did a pink bathroom.

pink bathroom Above: Managing Editor Kate did almost all the work to build her pink bathroom with B&W Tile.

vintage pink bathroom afterAbove: Jim mixed pink and black tile in his bathroom.

Above: Janice mixed pink with black too.

mamie pink tile bathroom from b and wAbove: Marsha used pink and maroon tiles to retile the shower — the colors worked well with the original peachy pink tiles in the rest of her bathrooom.

midcentury bathroomAbove: Check out the gorgeous burgundy trim tile — along with matching soap- and toothbrush holders — from B&W that Dana used to trim her tile-in sink. I think that some of the pink tile also is from B&W. 

vintage mint green bathroom
Above: Laura used two colors of B&W green tile to renovate her lovely bathroom.

Above: Graham and Monika used green 1 x 6 tiles from B&W to create this delightful wall tile pattern. They wall tile pattern was inspired by a bathroom inside Hof’s Hut, a popular restaurant in Long Beach, California. Gorgeous!pink and green vintage bathroomAbove: Jane combined kiwi green and pink in the gorgeous little bathroom she designed for her mother.

vintage yellow kitchenAbove: Carolyn used yellow B&W tile for the countertop and backsplash and maroon B&W tile for the trim in her gorgeous kitchen — lots more photos here. The sizzle strips are vintage.

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  1. Marta says:

    Consider how you use your kitchen before installing tile countertops. In some ways, they are fab; heat resistant, non-staining, etc.

    However, if you knead bread, do a lot of shaped cookie baking, rolling out piecrust, etc., they are NOT your friend. You’ll need a comfortable kitchen table or a big piece of marble or wood to do those tasks, and if your kitchen is small, that may not be possible.

  2. eva says:

    Hi, I had a question… I dont see it here but in so many vintage bathrooms the 4×4 ceramic wall tile is on the floor as well, typically in a diagonal pattern to accent the room. I am wishing to do the same, however is the floor and wall tile the same strength. I see in so many places they say it is not, but I just can’t see that being the case because I can’t find anywhere that has this 4x4s dedicated to floors.
    Thank you if anyone knows.

  3. pam kueber says:

    Hi Eva, you are right to ask about this. I am not an expert but it’s my understanding that there are different specifications for floor and wall tile. Yes: You need to check with the manufacturers re their specs. Here’s my big research list on where to find 4×4 wall tiles — you’d need to go through it / check with the manufacturers for specified uses: https://retrorenovation.com/2019/01/22/12-places-to-find-4-x-4-ceramic-bathroom-tile-in-vintage-colors/

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