Let’s get back to the progress in the kids/guest bathroom. It feels like the one room in the house that is somewhat close to being finished. Maybe because it’s the smallest? In any case, hallelujah.
In the post last week you saw how we put down charcoal grey tiles in a herringbone pattern and installed the IKEA vanities. Well, let’s get to the shower design with subway tile and marble tile niche.
We have a great tile guy who works quickly and does beautiful work. To start off, he painted the drywall with a waterproofing material.
Subway tile and marble tile niche
As you can see, in keeping with the black + white direction of the room, I figured that classic subway tiles would be perfect. To up the ante a little, I went with the extra long ones. You can still get them at your regular big box hardware store – I got these ones at Home Depot. The price per square foot didn’t end up being all that different from the usual 3×6 subway tile size.
That orange thing in the pic below is a niche – a little nook where you can put shampoos and stuff. It feels all kinds of fancy to me…. but in actual cost it was only an extra hundred bucks or so (for materials + a bit of extra time in labour). We placed it near the back of the shower as that way it would be easy to grab the bottles out of the main stream of water.
I had a little fun with the niche and bought one sheet of marble hex tile. The hex tile wasn’t in our budget for the full shower, but buying just one sheet was do-able and totally adds a bit of glam.
We went with a medium grey grout – “silverado”. I like the way the subway tiles pop, and I also like the fact that the grout won’t show dirt. Three cheers for less cleaning?!
Just a few last things to do before we can call this bathroom done!