Play "Tetris" with Tile Remnants to Save a Fortune

Play "Tetris" with Tile Remnants to Save a Fortune

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Taryn Williford
Mar 5, 2010

All those so-called "unproductive" hours you spent in front of the computer screen playing Tetris might pay off in a big way. You can use your irregular-block-tiling skills to create a kitchen backsplash from discarded tiles on the cheap, like one Flickr user we spotted.

That illuminated sushi bar at the front of the middle shot isn't the only techie touch in this colorful kitchen. It turns out that all you needed to know in life (and kitchen remodeling), you learned from video games.

Flickr user chotda did a recent remodel of their kitchen and "saved a fortune" by piecing together remainder glass tiles Tetris-style for a unique and colorful backsplash.

By choosing more than one color to work with, finding enough tiles to cover the entire backsplash is a cinch. You won't ever find yourself waiting for a black tile when all you see is red and green.

Plus, designing a pattern that allows for multiple variations of tiles, like how chotda alternates with skinny/tall and smaller 4-by-4 style tiles, you add visual interest and make the project even easier. After all, a Tetris game without the long, skinny piece would be impossible!

(Images: Flickr user chotda under license from Creative Commons.)

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