As a designer I get a lot of catalogs and samples in the mail from various manufacturers. Most of the time these get placed in the recycle bin. But sometime last year a brochure and a small sample of round cork tile from The Habitus Collection caught my eye and I filed it away.
Later in the year, when it came time to tile my new office bathroom I went back to that sample and decided to incorporate it into the countertop and backsplash of the vanity.
|First, we built a vanity out of plywood and installed a cement backerboard over the plywood countertop.|
|This tile is really easy to install - so easy that I did it myself. It can be cut to fit with scissors and set with traditional tile mastic.|
|Another great feature is that the tile is completely customizable and can be painted after it's installed. I decided on a light gray-wash over the cork. Finally, I grouted it like regular tile and applied a latex clear coat for water protection.|
Here is it all finished. I love the crisp geometric shape of the tile offset by the natural texture of the cork.
This is the same bathroom that I used the sliding mirror in - photos of that later.