Old World Tile review

by brae  

I've seen this brand of flooring online, but it is very pricey.  The various descriptions state the tile sheets come with a stylus for detailing the grout lines and end up looking very realistic.  I've not seen any photos of it installed in a dollhouse or roombox, though.  I think perhaps the retail price of $25 per sheet (plus shipping) is a bit steep to buy it without knowing how it will work out.

Well, I ended up finding an unfinished sheet on eBay for a fraction of the cost, though it didn't come with the stylus indicated.  I figured it was worth a try.

It's a very high quality printed paper that you adhere to an included white board with spray adhesive.  The grout lines are raised on the print.

The instructions are very precise, including exactly which products to use for the assembly and finishing of the flooring.  I cut my board to my room size and used scraps to try out the sealing process.

The manufacturer suggests up to five coats of Delta Ceramcoat Gloss sealer applied with a brush.  Here is the sample I did following those instructions.

I also covered a sample by brushing on one coat of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze by Americana.  Here is the sample with that product.

I think I'd need more coats of the first sealer to equal the results I got with the one coat of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze...and there are no brush lines with the Triple Thick.  It evens out as it settles and dries.  I rather like that it looks like sheet linoleum, too!  :]

You are then supposed to use the stylus to lightly score along the lines, indenting the finish but not the paper to create the look of recessed grout lines.  I tried the scoring process with my own stylus but found it didn't really work for me.  It marred the finish even though I wasn't pressing hard at all.

I thought perhaps I hadn't let the finish dry long enough so I tried it again the following night.  It worked without lifting the sealer but I honestly didn't think it added anything so fabulous to merit the amount of work it would take to trace all of those tiny lines.  And, any mistakes would be irreversible.  So, I am opting for the Triple Thick finish without the scored lines.

With this particular sheet, I was able to do one room of flooring with enough left to do a tiny room for another project...or perhaps a backsplash, counter or serving tray.

It really is a beautifully made and realistic flooring, but I still think $25 per sheet is too much regardless of including a stylus that could just as well be sold separately.  You really wouldn't need a new one included each time you bought a piece of flooring from this product line.  The high quality wood flooring sheets on the market are priced exactly what they should be for the quality and ease of use...roughly $12-15 per sheet.  I think the Old World Tile sheets would be better if priced about the same as those...just my two cents.  :]


Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]  
I think you're right. The problems and time encountered scoring the lines seem to outweigh the finished product. Could they not emboss the paper at manufacturing level to save the hassle? It definitely looks like Lino *nods* It does look very effective though =0)
05/14/11 @ 01:07
Comment from: Susan Wener [Visitor]  
It certainly looks very nice. I've used a sheet of high quality scrapbook paper glued to a piece of illustration board to simulate a tile floor. I used Gloss Super Sealer and Finish by J. Hermes ( I think they make DH wallpaper..or used to, anyway). It was a pink and white diamond pattern and I did end up scoring it with a ball stylus and had no problems. I was quite happy with it. I've also used DH wallpaper for the same effect. The scrapbook paper wasn't more than $1 a sheet (12x12) and the DH wallpaper not much more than that. Illustration board is also inexpensive. $25 is way too much. One can get great results for less.
05/14/11 @ 05:04
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
It DOES look really nice, but not $25 nice. I'm glad you could find it cheaper. I have a bunch of *real life* wallpaper that I use for flooring. It looks fabulous, and I like it without the scoring, too. Getting excited!!!!
05/14/11 @ 08:51
Comment from: brae [Member]
Yes, the only reason I even tried it out was the great deal I got on it. I doubt I'll ever seek it out at full price unless I win the lottery. :>>
05/14/11 @ 12:00
Comment from: Ann [Visitor]
It looks lovely, but I agree with Lyssa, not $25 a sheet lovely. At that price, I kind of expect gold and silver foil and for it to self install! I wonder if it would be possible to get this professionally printed at a smaller cost? Anywho.. thanks for the review! It's nice to see what the end product looks like.
05/14/11 @ 16:17
Comment from: AuntBarbie [Visitor]
Brae, I was curious about the Old World Tile product. Thanks for posting this info.
05/14/11 @ 22:03

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