Previous blog posts have covered accent/decorative tile, saltillo tile and terracotta tile floors. Countertops, floors and bathrooms immediately come to mind when thinking of tile. Don’t overlook tiled windowsills. Besides being practical and cost effective, tiled windowsills are very durable. Tile can easily last decades if the grout is properly applied and maintained. Moisture tends to build up around windows from condensation, and so tile is a natural choice for this area, especially if you have potted plants. In addition, tile adds a nice splash of color and helps break up monotonous areas. Another plus is windowsills are usually small and do not require much tile or great skill to get good results. Free online tile instructions and/or a library book are all you really need. Tile cutters can be rented by the day.
Tile cost: You could spend a lot of money on tile if you want, but you don’t have to. It’s easy to find good deals on tile. Ask for close-out specials at tile stores, which may include partial boxes (remember, you usually don’t need large quantities for windowsills). Keep an eye out for discount tile at yard sales, auctions, thrifty nickel type newspapers and Craigslist. Tile layers usually have partial boxes of tiles left over and may be willing to sell you their seconds or even barter. And ‘seconds’ doesn’t necessarily mean inferior quality. Note the first photo above where the flaws in the tile are not noticeable.