BATH & KITCHEN
Nothing makes a bathroom or kitchen backsplash look more authentic than original period tile. It’s a rare tile wall that survives intact over a period of 70 years or more, however, as tiles can break, suffer water damage, or be fully or partially removed.
If only a few tiles are damaged or heavily discolored, it’s possible to replace them with new tile of similar size, color, and finish. Early 20th-century hexes, penny rounds, and “subway” tiles are available from at least two sources, in both glazed and unglazed finishes and multiple colors.
Make sure the replacement tile matches in all details: size (width x length x depth), square edge or round edge. Install on a clean substrate and follow the manufacturer’s instructions, taking care to butt the tile closely to surrounding tile using grout lines as narrow or wide as the rest of the tile. Match replacement tile (this is from Subway Ceramics) closely to the old, including details like tight grout lines.