A tile like Fired Earth "retro metro" - but cheaper?

(39 Posts)
linspins Mon 11-Oct-10 14:29:37

Does anyone know of a white tile like the fired earth retro metro one - but a little cheaper? It's 7.5 x 15 x 0.5 cm. We want to tile the bathroom mainly in white, and can't afford all the tiles we like. We could splash out on a band of fired earth ones in an accent colour, and do the rest on a cheaper brand...do you think that'll work or economising too far?

Eastwickwitch Fri 05-Dec-14 21:43:51

I've got them thestory following this thread. I didn't hear of any problems & they look great.

WhatKatyDidnt Thu 04-Dec-14 22:24:10

Has he tried sealing them 24 hrs before cutting them? Might help.

Stephc600 Thu 04-Dec-14 20:56:54

Hmmmm, has anyone had issues with the installation of these? Our fitter is struggling to cut them and not have chips along the crackle lines...anyone have any suggestions or experienced similar? Having not found the super-cheap alternative to the Fired Earth Retro Metro tiles, we spent a lot on them, only to find that the finish isn't great :-(

TheStorySoFar Mon 21-Jul-14 23:21:37

Great thread..anyone got floor tiles from here & is the whole range similar to/same as Fired Earth?

lizziemoo2 Wed 09-Jul-14 12:42:40

For anyone interested I have just been back to purchase more of these tiles from Tons of Tiles and they have changed the names!

After a bit of a panic and a call to their customer services it turns out they are still the same! (Phew!)

They are still EXACTLY the same tiles but with new names, the colours are still easy to spot!

Here is the link if it helps!

www.tonsoftiles.co.uk/browse/4-wall-tiles/14-retro-metro-crackle-glaze-75x15cm?

lizziemoo2 Tue 07-Jan-14 10:36:32

Ordered!

AND.....there is a 10% sale on Crackle Glaze Tiles this week too!! A nice little surprise!

Thanks again guys! :0)

lizziemoo2 Mon 06-Jan-14 15:26:05

This thread has saved my marriage!! Ha ha!

I have been after Fired Earth Crackle Glaze Tiles for ages!! The quote was nearly as much as we had paid for our kitchen! Found the same at Tons of Tiles for less than half price!!

I have gone for South Kensington and Lime House Green!

Just thought I would log on and show my appreciation! Great work MumsNet!

elizabethtailored Fri 04-Oct-13 11:44:40

Thanks. I have the samples but they seem to look very different in different lights and would love to see any photos of a room tiled with them!

spotty26 Thu 03-Oct-13 17:02:44

You can order a sample for a couple of quid on ebay where Tons if Tiles have a shopfront too, but pretty sure the entire range is exactly the same as Fired Earth...but with different names.

elizabethtailored Thu 03-Oct-13 15:42:16

I know this is quite an old thread but have tile samples from Tons of Tiles and am hoping to steal the Fired Earth style and have Lido Blue tiles. Does anyone know if Belgravia Blue from Tons of Tiles is the same? It seems to look different in different lights. has anyone used Belgravia Blue/Lido please?

primallass Thu 08-Aug-13 19:08:22

We have the white ones from Topps in our kitchen, with grey grout. It looks lovely.

nickounstead Thu 08-Aug-13 17:31:50

Tilemountain.com have a big choice at half the high st price,same quality and free delivery

sydenhamhiller Thu 18-Oct-12 12:08:51

I also wanted to say a HUGE thanks for this thread, fell in love with FE retro metro tiles, but their prices waaaay outside our budget - tonsoftiles is great.

spotty26 Fri 10-Feb-12 16:42:27

I have just done my bathroom in these see my blog www.colporter.tumblr.com for pics. Mine were from tons of tiles too - bargain!!

There are very specific cutting instructions on the FE website which my builder had not seen but they are fine despite this.

As to them being porous you must use an impregnator after they have been tiled before and after grouting. This is also available on the tons of tiles site or any diy shop.

DottyP Mon 06-Feb-12 15:52:29

I've just tiled my shower with bevelled edge metro tiles from Wickes. Think I paid £18 square m and they look absolutely fab.

Ellie1975 Mon 06-Feb-12 15:30:54

Been a long time lurker on Mumsnet and decided to register so i could post a big thank you to Kitsmummy- i have been longing over the Fired Earth metro tiles for sometime as i am planning bathroom refurbishment- but they are so expensive!!

I can get the same tiles from Tons of Tiles for a quarter of the price!! Thank you!! thanks

KateMiddletonsEyebrows Tue 01-Nov-11 13:33:46

Ordered - hurrah. Fired Earth quote £1050; Tons of Tiles £585.

Maddikins Sat 19-Mar-11 20:01:12

metro tiles including Lime House colour

We ordered the white metro tiles from here. Very good price and fast, cheap delivery.

LittleCheesyPineappleOne Sat 19-Mar-11 17:47:03

Thank you SO much for this thread. I fell in love with Retro Metro Lime House tiles today, but thought they'd be outside my budget. Hurrah.

Pannacotta Mon 18-Oct-10 13:42:06

The Johnsons range I mentioned are plain not crackle glazed (they have a matt finish) and are much, much cheaper than the F Earth ones.

SparkyUK Mon 18-Oct-10 11:27:14

We have crackle glazed in our bathroom and there is no problem with water seeping in, BUT they did have to be sealed.

Also, our bathroom fitters (who were sh*te and we have to do it over again because of their incompetence) had a lot of trouble cutting them down. They said this was because they were crackle glazed. I looked into this online and found tips like seal an individual tile before cutting it OR soak an individual tile before cutting it and that will keep it from cracking. Not sure if that is fool-proof but it may have helped.

Anyway, the crackle glaze looks really nice and I think is slightly softer looking. But, I grew up in New York City where all bathrooms are subway tiles which are the non-crackle glaze version of the metro tiles. I really like that look too, and will have it in the shower when we add the bathroom in the attic one day. The hard part has been getting a tiler who can do the super thin super straight grout line. (*Lala*, I'm not that far from you I don't think so if you have any recommendations, please let me know!)

linspins Sun 17-Oct-10 20:21:45

Have been staring at the sample ones I bought all day now and am wondering if plain, not crackle glazed, might be better anyway! Oh, the decisions!

lalalonglegs Sun 17-Oct-10 18:36:16

Been to check again and no, they aren't crackle-glazed (so can't be the same - please ignore earlier boasting about my bargain) but they are very, very similar.

linspins Sun 17-Oct-10 15:23:35

Lala, are the ones you have crackle glazed? I'm worried that the water will seep in, in places like behind the taps which are always a little damp...

lalalonglegs Sat 16-Oct-10 22:25:10

Just been to check, they're flat. The store is close to Wandsworth Town Hall, just a few doors along from the entrance to the modern annexe. I think I paid about #16 m/sq (but it was a couple of years ago - I couldn't swear they still have them).

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