Finishing off our kitchen

We moved into our house just over six months ago now and at the time we promised ourselves that we would finish off the kitchen within that first week after doing most of it as a rushed DIY job the week before we moved in. Fast forward six months and no prizes for guessing that nothing had been ticked off the to do list including tiling the splash back, which by this point was getting more and more unpleasant as it gets splattered by food cooking on the stove, coffee from the machine, water from the sink and the chopping boards leaning against it have scuffed it badly. Therefore, when Maitland & Poate got in touch about showcasing their antique tiles sourced from Spain in our kitchen it was just the push we needed to finally finish off the job.

I found it very difficult to choose which tile to use as the family team behind Maitland & Poate source such beautiful genuine antique cement tiles and each design is so different. My first choice was actually this design but Jules vetoed me on it as he didn’t like the colours so we compromised on the Ceniza tile. We chose this tile because the colours tone so well with the Light Blue on our wood work and the Railings that we painted our kitchen cupboards.

Jules and I decided to install the tiles ourselves to save money although it is advised to get a professional to install cement tiles as they are porous and need sealing. These particular tiles are also much thicker than average glazed tiles. However, we tiled our last kitchen so we already had a tile cutter and all the tools and because these tiles have already been sealed during their lifetime they are far more forgiving than brand new cement tiles that need to be treated with far more care so that they don’t absorb moisture and stains before being fully sealed.

Maitland & Poate also sell a range of new cement tiles and I was very tempted by these pink tiles. I’ve been asked a lot about what makes cement tiles different and I would say it is the matt texture, which makes them feel and look different. The main difference with the antique cement tiles is that they aren’t in ‘perfect’ condition. They have been reclaimed so there may be chips or slight staining, which all adds to their character.

We didn’t find it much more challenging installing the antique tiles than doing new glazed ones other than it’s a little tricker laying them flat as the back of them aren’t always flat having been chipped out of their original place. We followed Maitland & Poate’s recommendation and used Ecoprotec sealant and that seems to have worked well.

The only thing we still need to do is the sealant between the bottom of the tiles and the worktop. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take us another six months…!

Have you ever considered antique tiles? I think these would make for an amazing statement floor. What do you think?

Thank you so much to the wonderful Maitland & Poate team for collaborating with me on this project.

Katy x



  1. Farah
    2nd May 2019 / 9:09 pm

    These look great. Wondering if they have any tiles I could use for outside. I will take a look at their website.

  2. Talitha Garan
    3rd May 2019 / 1:38 pm

    It all looks amazing! Can I ask where you got your stove kettle from?

    • katy
      4th May 2019 / 6:54 pm

      Thank you! The kettle is le creuset but it is the WORST kettle ever!! Takes soooo long to boil, the handle gets so hot you can’t lift it, the lid is too stiff to remove and it cost a fortune. So, I wouldn’t recommend it 😂

      • Tali Garan
        4th May 2019 / 7:44 pm

        😂 thanks Katy I’ll give that a swerve then!!

  3. 20th May 2019 / 11:52 am

    Hi Katy,

    Congratulations on finishing your kitchen! I wish we were that far ahead in our renovation, but alas I need to be more patient.

    Love how you and Jules installed the tiles yourselves – I seriously need to get better at DIY…my bank account would thank me for it too.

    All the best,

    Emma at Ironmongery Experts

  4. Caroline
    23rd May 2019 / 9:11 am

    I am in love with your kitchen tiles they look beautiful, great choice! Any chance you can update the house tour to include the kitchen and dining room when you get a moment? I love what you have done with the place and am very keen (because I am nosy!!) to see how it all flows. As a fellow South London 1930s home owner I am always on the lookout for other 1930s enthusiasts, and your blog is very inspiring, so thanks v much 👍.

  5. Steph
    3rd March 2021 / 9:01 pm

    Hi there,

    I love your home! We’ve bought a new build but it has been done in the Arts & Crafts era style. I grew up in a 1930’s and my heart sings for this style. I want to be brave and your blog has inspired me. Can I ask what colour you’ve painted your kitchen woodwork? I adore pale, almost white walls but also like a splash of colour. Turning to my woodwork is what I’ve been after and I love the colour you’ve used! Thanks x

    • katy
      23rd September 2021 / 10:49 am

      Woodwork and door is Light Blue, kitchen cabinets is Railings x

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