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We’re making progress on the master bathroom! Before, the bathroom contained original fixtures and pink ’50′s tile. {And some stylish vinyl accessories I might add – shower curtain, valance and curtains. Yes, you heard me. Vinyl valance and curtains. With bathroom scenes printed on them. Tasteful.} The one thing I really liked about the bathroom was the window. Bathrooms with no windows can feel especially dark and cramped. We had planned on living with the bathroom as-is for a while but discovered that some of the tile surrounding the tub/shower was cracked and allowing water to seep through into the walls.

It’s difficult to see in the picture, but there was a hairline crack through a few of the tiles in the bottom left-hand corner. Unfortunately, water doesn’t discriminate between small and large cracks – it’ll find a way through them all!

In true renovation style, we gutted the room down to the studs removing the original tub, tile and vanity. The porcelain throne was the only keeper. Then something miraculous happened. A marketing rep from The Tile Shop contacted me to see if we’d be interested in using some of their tile for our Underdog’s renovation. Um, please and thank you!

I chose this inexpensive large textured tile for the shower surround. My thoughts were that the white would keep the bathroom feeling bright and the shiny, textured surface would bounce even more light around the teeny room. Plus, who wouldn’t want to take a shower surrounded by glittery tile?!

I decided on this penny tile for the floor. Another affordable option! {The sample of wood flooring next to the tile sample is the flooring we’re using in our adjacent master bedroom.} Can you tell I was going for lots of texture in the bathroom? To ground the room a little and add some contrast, I went for a gray-ish floor tile as opposed to something white.

We got the bathroom put back together {foam insulation, updated electrical, new window, new tub, new lighting fixtures, drywall & paint, backerboard, etc.} somewhat and then Handy Hubby proceeded to prep for the tile installation which involved studying this DIY video and lots of measuring. A few days in, our bathroom is starting to look, well, like a bathroom…FINALLY! Instead of a jail cell.

The shower surround is up and waiting for pencil tile edging and grout. Even without finishing touches, the bathroom is so much brighter and fresher!

There’s my lovely little window! HH installed the tile horizontally in a brick pattern all the way to the ceiling. I think the large size of the tile goes a long way in making the small area feel bigger.

A bullnose version of the large tile finishes off the window inset perfectly.

With the window right inside the shower/tub area, it allows natural light to pour in and make the tile all the more shimmery.

This tile might not be good for our utility bill. I don’t think I’m ever going to want to turn the water off and leave the shower! Is it weird to want to rub my hands all over the shower tile? Yeah, I thought so.

The plan is to add pencil edging along the border where the tile meets the drywall. HH had to install two sheets of backerboard on top of one another on the toilet wall to get proper coverage over the top of the new tub. {The tub was a little shorter than the width of the bathroom.} As a result, the shower tile sticks out further than the drywall – which would happen anyway but in our case it’s exaggerated – so we aren’t able to use the bullnose tile like HH did for the window inset. After a quick call to The Tile Shop {I tell you what, those people know their tile!}, we were happy to learn that we’d be okay to use a pencil tile with some more height to it for the shower’s border.

Once the edging is complete, HH is grouting and moving onto the bathroom floor tile. He’s a weekend warrior that man. Love him. Even more than that glittery tile.

Our goal of having at least one functional bathroom before moving into the Underdog is slowly becoming a reality. Let’s not forget that we have another full kid/guest bathroom to tackle {which I’m just as excited about} along with a mudroom/dining room – both of which are getting tile treatments. We’re not out of the tiling woods quite yet.

What about you? Any bathroom business under your belt? The DIY kind, I mean. Any plans for updating a bathroom in your house?

FYI – The Tile Shop graciously offered us the products linked to above free of charge. In that way, we’ve been compensated for mentioning them. However, we would highly recommend their products and services regardless of compensation. They have been extremely helpful to us in selecting tile, ordering product, and DIYing the installation. We can always call the store with a question and get a quick and educated answer. They even offer DIY classes in-store if you’re a tiling newbie.

images: all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

58 Comments

29.February.2012

From the first picture to the last, it’s already looking 100x better. The shimmery look is perfect and definitely makes things seem more airy.

That looks like the same penny tile John & Sherry (YHL) used for their kitchen remodel. I love it and can’t wait to see how it’ll look on the floor.

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29.February.2012

Oh my goodness, I love that glistening white! Your floor tile choice is lovely too, and I think they’ll compliment eachother perfectly. Gosh, you have great taste!

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Looks great! We have penny tile on our bathroom floor and LOVE it. Just make sure your weekend warrior takes his time and figures out the way they all hook together. It can be disastrous if you don’t!

http://lifebeginsatthirtyright.blogspot.com/2011/04/on-bloggingand-honesty.html

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29.February.2012

I love your new bathroom! I desperately want to re-do our main bathroom. It has wallpaper (ick!) with a border across the middle (double ick!). It’s on my to-do list for 2012. Good luck with the rest of your renovations. It’s looking great!

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29.February.2012

Please show the edging trim when it’s time— I have a tub/shower area similar to yours and I’ve always thought it looked unfinished…. Your tile is looking great! Thanks!

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replied on February 29th, 2012

Lisa – Will do!

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29.February.2012

Wow! I did not think the tile was that big when you first talked about it, but the effect is awesome! Are you going to use light or dark grout?

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replied on February 29th, 2012

Lenore – The grout for the shower surround will be white. HH and I are pretty adamant about squeegee-ing our shower down after each use to make maintenance cleaning easier.

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29.February.2012

I really like the texture of your with tile. I’m sure I would pat it all day long too ! I’m myself in the process of a bathroom reno (you can follow it on my blog). It’s almost done, though. Feel free to ask for translation if needed. Take care !

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29.February.2012

oops “white tile” of course !

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29.February.2012

That first photo is my in-law’s bathroom now. Except they recently bought a grey toilet and had their pink tub re-colored to match!

Do you think that tile will be hard to clean? Will soap scum stick in the crevices? It is beautiful but I am not big on house cleaning so that might put me over the edge. I think you will like the tile extending over the edge of the tub. With kids, water seems to go everywhere and better it land on tile than drywall!

The penny tiles are nice, too. Will you grout it similar to the photo? You may want to go grayer just to help hide dirt. I speak from experience on that one!

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replied on February 29th, 2012

Ann – The uneven surface might call for a little more elbow grease but HH and I are adamant about wiping down/squeegee-ing our shower after each use to help maintenance cleaning. Even though the surface is textured, there aren’t any deep crevices/recessions that wouldn’t be reachable with a squeegee or rag. I’ll be sure to comment more on how maintenance goes once we’ve used the shower for a while.

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29.February.2012

oh my goodness, that is the same exact tile we bought for our bathroom floor (yet to be installed!). i’ve seen it a few times now in blogland am loving it more and more each time!! can’t wait to see yours installed, especially with the white wall tile. we have chosen a white subway tile, but i am really excited to see your pretty, shimmery tile paired with it. slightly jealous that you got to go with something so fancy!:)

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29.February.2012

Love the tile!! I imagine it sparkles the way the sun reflects off of the ocean or a pool. Who doesn’t love sparkles?!

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Love that big, beautiful tile! We just used that same penny tile in our Bathroom remodel as well- Here’s how it looks: http://oneprojectatatime.blogspot.com/2012/02/downstairs-bath-reveal.html?utm_source=BP_recent

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replied on February 29th, 2012

Erin – Your penny tile shower floor looks awesome! Thanks for the link!

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29.February.2012

SO JEALOUS OF THAT TILE! It’s beyond beautiful! I can’t wait to see it grouted.

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29.February.2012

I love the glittery tile. I’ll have to remember how good it looks with large tiles installed like subway when I get to doing my bathrooms.

The floor tile looks to be the same that John and Sherry from Young House Love used in their kitchen. Great minds think alike!

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replied on February 29th, 2012

Urban Wife & Holly – We actually picked that penny tile last summer {that’s how long this bathroom has been in the works!} before John & Sherry featured it. Imagine my surprise when I saw that they chose it as well for their kitchen backsplash! I was excited to see it go up and look so great in their kitchen. Hopefully, it will look just as fabulous as a floor covering.

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29.February.2012

My husband just installed that same exact penny tile in our 1/2 bath (as flooring). I’m in love with it! I seriously can’t stop staring at it. It will look great with your clean, crisp & sparkly new bathtub tile!

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29.February.2012

Hi! So glad you did a bathroom post. We are in the process (waiting) of renovating our bathroom as well. We are the proud owners of an original Mamie Pink and Black 1950s special. I can’t wait for all that to come down, and my carrara tiles to take their place…

A few things – I had originally chosen the Kohler Devonshire tub, but changed my mind after being inspired by your mood board and Kohler Archer. I love the extra depth and the clean lines of the overflow drain. So, thanks for that!

We also have that dang window IN the tub/shower area. Whomever built this house in 1952 thought it was a good idea to have a wooden window sill. Obviously you know what happened there. I was thinking of replacing the window itself with glass-block for privacy but still natural light.

My question for you – did you replace the window? If so, what did you choose?

PS – the Underdog looks great! I always look forward to your posts. Can’t wait to see more!

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replied on February 29th, 2012

Melissa – We replaced the original aluminum window with a vinyl one. The sill is covered completely with the same backerboard as the walls {which of course have wood studs} and will get tiled, grouted and caulked just like the rest of the shower surround. If you have more specific questions about the window, I can ask HH to address them if you post them here!

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29.February.2012

Wow! That wall tile is stunning. I had been having a hard time seeing the detail in previous posts but today’s pictures really shows the detail. I really love the big size. Cannot wait to see the edge detail and the floor.

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29.February.2012

Oh, shimmery! I like the big scale of the wall tile – who wants to clean all those grout lines anyway!

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29.February.2012

Melissa – I agree those windows in the tub make you wonder, but better than no window.
Also, you may want to check out:

http://savethepinkbathrooms.com/
http://retrorenovation.com/?s=janice+pink+bathroom

You can not get thick tile like that these days or so hard wearing and it can be quite nice, I have a 1956 yellow and black bath and people love it, you have to decorate accordingly though..

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29.February.2012

PS – Dana this looks amazing!!

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29.February.2012

It looks fantastic!!! Love, love that shower surround tile! And the penny tile is fab too.
And since you asked – I’m actually in the middle of remodeling the half bath in our home. What started with me thinking “I’d really like to have this ancient, smelly wallpaper stripped” has turned into a full-blown remodel! How fun!

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Love love love your tile choices! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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29.February.2012

Love that white shimmery tile! Is the window frosted? Just curious…we had a similar window placement in our bathroom reno and went with glass block so we could keep the light but still have privacy. I wonder how other people address the window-in-shower issue.

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replied on February 29th, 2012

Maria – The window is a textured, opaque glass sometimes referred to as ‘full privacy’ or ‘obscure’ glass. Technically, it’s not frosted. There’s a close-up shot of the glass in this post…

http://www.housetweaking.com/2011/10/11/new-windows-doors/

We were trying to do the same as you: optimize natural light but provide privacy. I think it’s going to work well for us!

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We had nearly the same look to our first home’s bathroom!! http://www.ourhomefromscratch.com/2011/08/a-look-back-at-our-old-bathroom-before-and-after/

Your large subway tile is awesome!

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29.February.2012

It looks beautiful Dana! Love the tile you picked!! :)

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29.February.2012

This isn’t the kind of statement I ever thought I’d admit publicly but I am in love with those white tiles! They are so, so, ok I can’t think of a good word, but the shiny-ness and texture looks amazing – I would also be stroking them daily! It is so exciting seeing your place starting to come together.

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29.February.2012

looks great. I LOVE simple white tile in the bathroom shower, the texture makes it!

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29.February.2012

I am OBSESSED with that tile in your shower. So incredibly gorgeous. The texture on it is absolutely amazing – if I were you I would never leave the shower! Can’t wait to see the rest of it come together!

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29.February.2012

I love your shower surround tile! It’s going to be beautiful! I almost bought that for our bathroom 2 years ago but decided against it because I was worried about the maintenance. I hate cleaning showers and wanted something easier to wipe down. Would love to read about how the cleaning is for you after a few months of use.

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29.February.2012

When you first posted about the tile for the shower it looked a lot more textured – and I was afraid of the cleaning nightmare that you might be getting into! So glad to see the tile in place and realize that it is a lot smoother than I imagined.

What color of grout will the penny tile get – white or something gray to blend with the tile?

Are you planning on sealing the grout? Everyone I know that has done that has sworn by it. If I ever have a newly tiled anything it will be sealed immediately and then once a year like clockwork!

You guys should be so proud – the well thought out design decisions and meticulous workmanship are making the Underdog a showplace!

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replied on February 29th, 2012

Cheryl – The floor grout will be the same as shown in the sample. It’s a sandy gray color – not too light, not too dark. And, yes, we will be sealing the grout.

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29.February.2012

Love the new whiter, brighter bathroom. I’m so envious of your window! We’re going to be gutting our bathroom next week, but alas it’s windowless and very dark. I’m going with all white tile and fixtures, hope that will help! http://sopocottage.blogspot.com/2012/02/serenity-amongst-chaos-in-powder-room.html

Laurel

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29.February.2012

I’ve almost finished turning my gastly purple retro bathroom into a modern white and grey tiled beauty. Just need to paint the ceiling, hang a new door and hardware and find a mirror and I’ll be ready to reveal. You’re brave doing the tiling yourself, I had fun demoing mine but called in the pros to lay the tiles. Our house is so old the walls so wonky that it would’ve been really tricky to tile straight. Good luck can’t wait to see the progress :)

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29.February.2012

Young house love just used the same penny tile in their kitchen. They have some great tips on cutting the tile to minimize breakage. Handy Hubby may want to take a look and possibly cut down on some installation time.

~tara
http://www.aslongasitsfancy.com

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replied on February 29th, 2012

Tara – You know we’ll be using all their tips! YHL is always so helpful to us. They’re a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge inspiration to us.

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01.March.2012

We just re-did a bathroom shower. With subway tile from the Tile Shop! Love it. I think it is classic. We painted a dark grey, it is masculine but dainty at the same time…can that be?!

Love your tile!

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01.March.2012

Excited to see this re-do.
We have a cruddy plastic shower that desperately needs to come out and be replaced with something tiled and attractive. I’m totally intimidated by the prospect of that project, so it’s encouraging to see other people tackle theirs :) You chose beautiful tile!

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01.March.2012

That white tile is so pretty! It’s so great to add such a glamorous touch to your bathroom!
I know you mentioned sealing your grout so I wanted to recommend a product that we used when grouting our new kitchen floor a few weeks ago. It is called “Grout Once” and is a liquid you mix with the powdered grout in lieu of water. We’ve only had our kitchen floors for a couple weeks now but I can say that my 16-month old has forced us to clean it several times and nothing has come close to staining! :) (some pics of floor here: http://anexcellentadventure.blogspot.com/2012/02/some-finer-details.html)

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01.March.2012

Wow, that is a LOT of progress! It looks awesome! I love the texture….gorgeous.

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05.March.2012

My parents had the same issue with the tile and cement backer sticking out too far from the connecting drywall. My mom was adamant that she didn’t want a piece of trim tile to smooth the transition…just the coordinating end tile with the beveled edge to transition. They ended up putting another piece of drywall over the rest of the connecting drywall to make the cement backer and drywall flush with each other. Once everything was flush, the end cap tile with the beveled edge could be used and looked way better than the alternative. Hopefully my description makes sense…something for you to consider as I’m sure you’d be happier with the end result.

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replied on March 5th, 2012

Michael – That would be a great alternative…adding drywall to match the profile of the backerboard. However, we already had the drywall installed, taped and mudded – and painted. HH actually finished up adding the trim around the shower tile and it doesn’t bother me at all. I’ll post pics soon! Your parents definitely had the right idea though. We probably would have done that if we had noticed the problem before having the drywall finished. Thanks for the tip!

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06.March.2012

What color penny tile is that? I couldn’t figure it out when looking at the options at the Tile Shop. Thanks!

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replied on March 7th, 2012

Melinda – Here’s a link to the exact penny tile…

http://www.tileshop.com/walltile/backsplash/Penny-Round-Moss/1310-5037671.aspx

It’s more gray in real life. I love it!

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Ooh, it’s going to look so amazing!

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06.March.2012

Love the progress~! We’re in the middle of renovating our VERY similar master bath (but, our tile was green, not pink). I know how tough it is to go without- goodluck!! Can’t wait to see the big reveal!

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04.May.2013

What is the name of the textured white tile. I was about to order it for my bathroom until I saw your post with a price half of what I was quoted form a different retailer. I can’t find it on The Tile Shop. :-(

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replied on May 5th, 2013

Here’s the current link to the Capua Blanco shower tile. We still love it!

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25.September.2013

I love that penny tile– do you know exactly what color/design it is? Seems like a blue/grey but i don’t see it at the tile shop in my area… maybe i could order online if i had the exact color!

Thanks!

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replied on September 25th, 2013

It’s penny tile in moss.

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28.April.2014

Hi Dana! Love your blog! I was wondering how you are liking this tile after a couple of years? Do you find it is still easy to keep clean and glittery?
Thanks! :-)

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replied on April 28th, 2014

Still LOVE it. It isn’t difficult to clean at all. I just wipe it down with a Mrs. Meyer’s + water mix. Done!

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