Please help me find this backsplash tile!

c9pilotMay 19, 2013

After five years of casually looking around, my DH finally gave me an ultimatum to get the backsplash done so we can close out our house project and move on to the next big project (a kit plane, if you're curious - Velocity XL RG). Our kitchen is all light-medium cherry shaker cabs with SS pulls and appliances and black porcelain tile counters (looks like slate) and beige tile floors, so I wanted something not plain and boring - with some color.
So I went back to an old inspiration picture I saved off this site of a Trikeenan glass tile and located a nearby tile shop that carried that brand, and after looking at some of their other products, decided on something very different for a focal point of our backsplash (over the double kitchen sink) - Medicine Bluff Studios Sea Culture baby turtles - a 2 x 4 "picture" of 6"x6" tiles of baby turtles emerging from the sand and diving in to the water, surrounded by a frame of 2"x8" blue wavy water tiles.
But, I need 26sf of a background tile for the rest of the backsplash, and finally decided on something I really liked. The problem is that I'm not really sure what it's called and after spending nearly $900 on just the turtles, I need to be more frugal on the rest.
Here is a picture of what I like (from Tons of Tile), but I'm hoping to find something more along the lines of $10sf rather than $20+shipping. I can't find this tile on the Porcelanosa website, however.
I think this is polished (or honed?) travertine or marble. I know I don't like tumbled - too rough. I want it smooth but not glossy. Some places call this "random strip" so I found a "Cappuccino Marble Random-Strip Polished Mosaic Tile" on Amazon and ordered a sample to see what the finish is like.
There was a staggered 2"x6" block travertine that was close to what I liked for $10sf in stock, but it had a lot of pits and holes in it, which I don't want in a backsplash for cleaning (it's only about 4" behind the sink). I really like the random widths of this tile.
I also found a post on this site where someone named Beth-something had this nearly exact backsplash except she didn't name it nor could I figure out how to email her, and now I can't find the post again.
What I'm hoping is that someone on this site can help me find this or at least educate me on what I'm looking for since I just don't know the nomenclature of honed-polished-travertine-marble-stone-etc. Ceramic tile with this same approximate look would be fine, too, but not glass tile. I don't want it to interfere with the main focus of the turtles.
I appreciate any help and I promise to post pictures when it is done!
R/Lisa A

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Found this on ebay... $11 something a sq. ft and free shipping. The seller has other colors to choose from.

Just a heads up... you may want to check out Dunis tile if you haven't already purchased the Trikeenan. Not to say it's any better... just another option.

Here is a link that might be useful: ebay tile

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 1:01PM
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Bellsmom has a similar (or identical?) backsplash; it's American Olean Costa Rei 12" x 20" - Pietra Bianco Interlocking Deco, and is stunning.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bellsmom's backsplash is in this thread

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 1:50PM
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Actually, the BS you pictured looks more rustic than bellsmom's. glasstileoasisoasis has more rustic-looking porcelain mosaics, recommended to me by our resident tile guru, EAM44. I used this tile (in foggy) for my BS, and love it, though it might not have been the best first tile project. (I'm not the handiest of individuals.)

Here is a link that might be useful: Glasstileoasis random brick porcelain

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 1:58PM
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Okay, I have to say, you guys are AWESOME!

@remodelfla - looks like that eBay seller is the same as the Amazon seller -Oracle, and the same price. Will have to check on whether shipping makes the difference. Just got notice that the sample has shipped so hope to get it this week.
Trikeenan is out and Sea Turtles are in - love the glass but had to decide quickly and the turtles spoke to me (the Honu is sort of our family emblem).

@fouramblues - that is the post I was looking for, and you got the name of the tile, too - Yay! (somehow "Bell" turned into "Beth" in my mind overnight - no wonder I couldn't find it). I think my flooring is American Olean so that was interesting....will research that tile when I get back on the desktop - search limited on iPad here.
And I'm not sure what makes it "rustic" - mostly interested in low color variation (the "camel" looks like far too much) and the tile sizing/pattern - random, and more honed, smooth. But not polished/glossy. And not pitted. Interesting, but not to overpower the turtles.

And I should mention, the backsplash on the other side of the kitchen is just under 3" tall and abut 20' long, so we don't want to cut a zillion tiles to fit, so multi-width will certainly make that easier.

I was just at Home Depot buying dripper irrigation supplies and saw an interesting one called Bamboo something that I had seen online a few places in my search - it's all 1/4" strips and $15sf, but I get a military discount there and it's in stock.

Thank you for all the help! Open to more ideas!

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 3:06PM
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