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Motawi Tile House Numbers – Tudor Rose

June 27, 2012

A few weeks ago we went to Motawi Tileworks  for their bi-annual sale. Tile art is big in southeast Michigan where Pewabic Pottery is an institution.

I had wanted to go down to the Motawi shop for a few years now, mostly because the shop is attached to the studio where all the tiles are made, decorated, and fired. They give tours of the tile making process every week, but it’s on Thursday during the middle of the afternoon 😦 . SO, the sale being on a Saturday was a better bet.

AMAZING. I wanted to buy everything. They have tiles for installations (fireplaces, floors, fountains, kitchens, bathrooms), decorative tile, and now address tile.

I wanted to buy these, but held back! (Click for link to the website)

Drool…. We did end up buying some tiles though – new house numbers. Since we are giving the house a curb appeal makeover with new foundation plantings and flagstone walkway, updating the house numbers just made sense.

The sale included first and second tiles. My understanding that “firsts” are what they sell in the store, and “seconds” are the oops tiles that get a little messed up in the production process. If you don’t mind a little oops in your life then you can save a lot of money buying seconds. We were able to purchase two of the house numbers as seconds – from the street you can’t tell the difference.

We live in a brick house so there were a few extra tools needed:

  • power drill ( but ha hammer drill would have been better)
  • masonry screws
  • masonry drill bit

OK, so the old home owner used drywall screws and anchors?????? This doesn’t work on solid surfaces, the anchors can’t open up because the brick isn’t hollow….just saying…

The number 2 is a “second” that’s why the glaze is inconsistent. The tile right before the 1 is a Tudor rose design – fitting don’t you think?!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 27, 2012 4:01 PM

    Aw Rach, that is beautiful!

  2. June 27, 2012 3:19 PM

    Very nice!!

    A former owner/tenant in our house used anchors in the brick too. So dumb.

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