Cepac vs Home Depot vs refin lantern tile

addycal75July 10, 2013

I finally selected a backsplash tile and tomorrow I'm going to place the order...then I learned of three companies that carry the tile. Cepac is a Japanese company and the price per square foot is $17. Refin is Italian and also $17. Home Depot has it for $7. Does anyone have experience with this? The thickness appears to be the same. Maybe the quality of ceramic is different? I would love some feedback.

Thank you!

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For a backsplash, which is under almost no stress and has no traffic, I'd go with the Home Depot tile.

On a 50 square foot order, the price difference is $500. What could you do with an extra $500 for your kitchen?

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 10:27AM
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I have the Home Depot version. I saw it in on Overstock and other sites for various prices as well. The only challenge for my contractor was that the mesh disintegrated with water, making it more difficult to install. That being said, I love mine.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 10:40AM
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When we did the kitchen and more recently the firelplace, I shopped local stores and got the name/mfr of the tile we were interested in etc..then googled the information. I bought our kitchen floor and fireplace surround tile online and saved a bundle. When the cartons arrived, they were intact with the exact information I had ordered, i.e. Dal-Tile, etc...not some off-brand susbsitute.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 3:17PM
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Thank you! That looks beautiful 1929 Spanish! I ended up with the more expensive one just because I felt like it might be easier to cut. Could be totally wrong. I have saved so much on this remodel and at this point I need that level of customer service to keep me from screwing up as I near the finish line! That said, I ordered bin pulls from Kennedyhardware.com at $5 each instead of rejuevenation at $14. SO MANY DECISIONS!!! Thanks for sharing your photo. That is exactly what I was hoping for. It looks fresh and fun and still classic.
On to the next decision! How did you finish the edges (bullnose?)? Thanks, Adrienne

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 10:55PM
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and lucky for me...I guess...I only need 29sq feet:)

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 6:19PM
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Because the tile was also white, we just cut it like so.....

We only had two raw edges and I decided not to make a big deal about it.

And thanks so much for the complement. We love it.

This post was edited by 1929Spanish on Fri, Jul 12, 13 at 20:39

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 8:38PM
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