I did my research and found that porcelain tiles were both very durable and stain resistant and decided this would work for my kitchen counter. I love the shiny marble resemblance and can't afford the real thing so this was the next best choice. However 3/4 of the way through laying it I discovered it stains. I was using an eye liner pencil to write on tiles for the contractor and after 30 min and 6 different chemicals I finally got it off with vinegar and soda. I'm a little worried it may have taken off some of the coating but it is not nearly as noticeable as the "back splash ^" I had written on it. I went to buy sealer immediately. Home Depot salesman did not believe that this occurred on porcelain tile and told me only the grout would need seal but I finally convinced him the tiles do as well. The counters are done but not in everyday use yet so I will update later on durability. Crossing fingers seal will protect the beautiful tiles.
Difficult to Clean, no bullnose available
I purchased this tile because it was a good value and it also looked like real Calacatta marble but without the maintenance. I used it as a wall tile in my shower remodel and paired it with Dal subway tile that is also sold at Home Depot. I would recommend purchasing the full amount that you need and not making several trips over a period of time because I noticed that the color does vary depending on the dye lot. The pattern tends to repeat itself and there isn't much variation but I preferred this because of the installation pattern that I chose. Some previous reviewers complained that they used darker grout and that it absorbed into the tile. I chose white grout because I personally think it looks better and didn't have any issues. I have seen imitation marble that is way more expensive and doesn't look nearly as nice as this. Highly Recommended!
Looks Great, Easy to Clean, Easy to Install, Great Accent, Looks High End, Modern, High Quality of Material
Still a work in progress but looking good. I was looking high and low for a porcelain tile that looks like marble/natural stone and this one was the closest/most reasonably priced option I could find. These tiles come in 12x12, 12x24, and 24x24 but different Home Depots have different sizes available. You can also purchase the matching bullnose (although the bullnose is not the best match - too grayish) and mosaics (not the best quality but a good match) online from a couple of vendors.
I used the 12x12 for my shower wall and backsplash, but I cut every 12x12 tile in half so they were rectangular 6x12...sounds like a lot of work and it wasn't easy, but it was totally worth it for the look I was going for. I ordered the matching mosaic (available from other vendors) for the bathroom floor...mosaics had some chips and weren't the best quality but they were ok. I used the 12x24 version on the floor in the kitchen and hallway.
Word to the wise on these tiles...I found the color and pattern difficult to match. You can't really choose too funky a pattern or colors to combine with these. Look online for some ideas for matching calacatta tiles with countertops, cabinets, and furniture. I found that I had to stick with gray, white, beige, and darker brown wood tones.
Looks Great, Modern, Looks High End, Effective
Difficult to Install
I really like the bold marble look and the color, warm grays and a hint of gold. I thought it was...
March 25, 2017
I really like the bold marble look and the color, warm grays and a hint of gold. I thought it was too bold for my floors so I used it in my white/gray kitchen instead. The color matches my concrete countertops just perfectly and creates some wow in the modern kitchen. Like other users, I spent a lot of time arranging and choosing each tile and trying to lay them as if the pattern continued, and yet to make invisible the repeating similar figures (which are many and quite obvious). Turned out beautiful!
First time tiling DIY'r finished bath surround and floors (see pix) which I found provides an ele...
January 26, 2017
Verified Purchase & Recommended Product
First time tiling DIY'r finished bath surround and floors (see pix) which I found provides an elegant presentation for potential buyers of my home.
Online tutorials make doing projects like this so easy. For myself, I viewed a number of tutorials over and over again (maybe that's just me) from a several different presenters to get differing points of view as well as tips. After eventually boring myself watching them so often I finally had the confidence to go ahead.
Even with the tutorials I probably drove the Home Depot folks nuts with added (and probably unnecessary) questions as I ran into plumbing or other issues I wasn't sure how to handle. Bravo Home Depot wizards.