Since the introduction of its popular home living range, Kmart has become a magnet for budget-conscious home renovators. Among the retailer's offerings, 4-packs of stone decking tiles have emerged as a particularly sought-after homeware hack.
The surge of interest in the $29 interlocking tiles, which are made from natural travertine stone, has led to a flurry of creative applications across a variety DIY projects.
Curiosity sparked recently when a member of a social media group dedicated to Target, Big W, and Kmart decor asked, "Can these Kmart stone tiles be used as a splash back in a bathroom behind a sink? Or what about even tiling a whole shower?"
The question set off a wave of responses, with fellow renovators eager to share their own experiences.
"I did my stove splash back, I love them," exclaimed one enthusiast, echoing the sentiment of many who have discovered the ease of using these tiles in their projects.
Another chimed in: "I have done both my vanities and sealed them, no problem cleaning."
Indeed, the tiles have found their way into a variety of home renovation projects, with many group members enthusiastic to share their success stories.
"I used them in both my vans and used a moisture-resistant grouting," said one resourceful group member before pointing out the importance of proper sealing to ensure long-lasting success, "If you don't use a sealer, stone is porous and will stain," they warned.
Others agreed, also advising meticulous sealing to avoid potential issues later down the track.
"While it might look nice, tiling with these stones will trap grease in the kitchen and moisture in the shower. If you were to do it, you have to seal it with some kind of silicone spray," one person cautioned.
Another pragmatic voice chimed in, "Whole shower? Just use proper tiles. These are decor, not building materials."
Nonetheless, the resounding enthusiasm for the tiles persisted among the majority of the group.
"They're actually no different from the stone tiles from Bunnings. Just a quarter of the price," remarked one advocate.
Group members proudly continued to share their bold transformations, from entire bathrooms to complete kitchen makeovers, with unanimous agreement that these tiles were a game-changer.
"I have done my whole bathroom with them," one proud renovator revealed, with another saying they've done an entire kitchen area and it was "easy as."
Creativity even extended beyond the realm of walls and floors, spilling over into thrifty furniture hacks.
"Any coffee table or side table ideas?" one member enquired, prompting a flurry of responses.
"My hubby just made me this coffee table," shared one delighted decorator, along with photos of the finished project, a coffee table transformed using the tiles as the table top.
The Kmart website has been flooded with rave reviews of the tiles since they were released. "Have had so many compliments on these. Great quality," one shopper wrote after using them to revamp a bathroom floor.
"Awesome product. Really easy to lay and click together," another added, revealing that the worst part was actually finding them in stock.
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