Bathroom Remodel: If Tile Could Talk

Posted February 12, 2019

Guest post by KariAnne Wood

If Tile Could Talk…It Would Say Take Me Home

Have you ever seen a tile and you knew it was the one? That is EXACTLY what my mother-in-law and I thought when we set our eyes on this amazing, incredible, color-perfect Tundra Gray tile. It had a story and a journey just waiting to be written. I loved it so much, I designed an entire bathroom remodel around it.

Are you ready for a little before and after?

Are you ready for a painted, re-tiled, and re-designed space?

What about a bathroom living its best life?

Oh, good.

Me, too.

Let’s go.

Before the Bathroom Remodel

The existing space had plenty of challenges.  We needed to frame out the soaker tub. The shower was too small. And since the ceiling was dark, the room felt even smaller. I needed to lighten and brighten this space.

We knocked down the existing shower wall and re-framed it with new drywall and a bigger opening to create a much larger space for the shower.  We also framed the tub with a new beadboard and molding and, for easi a step was built for easier access.

Here’s a closer look at the shower wall that was framed out.

There was space between the soaker tub and wall so we built a small cabinet in between them.

Everything was framed out and caulked and tiled and painted with new molding and new flooring.

Let There Be Light

And now?

The space looks like this.


What a difference a little makeover can bring to a space.

And the star of the show?

The new tile.

On the floor, each piece is the Tundra Gray Marble tile 3”x 12” in a brick pattern.

The shower is so much larger and more functional.

After the shower was framed out, it was tiled with a classic White Brick subway tile on the wall and a Windmill White Porcelain Mosaic Tile on the floor.

I love the combination of the two tile patterns.

It feels timeless and classic and yet fresh at the same time.

Here’s a close-up of the shower tile so you can see the patterns better.  We used darker gray grout in the shower to make the tile pattern pop.

On the floor tile, we used a lighter gray so the marble texture and pattern could shine.

Where the two tiles meet, we added a small border of subway tile.

We painted the cabinets a darker gray, the walls a light gray, and the ceiling and moldings a bright white.

The new color scheme makes the bathroom appear so much bigger.

The floor tile inspired the different paint colors.

We also used some of the floor tiles to add a small countertop next to the bath.

The molding was painted white to match the other molding in the room.

It’s the perfect place for storage and to keep all the bath essentials within easy reach.

Wanna Get Away?

My mother-in-law and father-in-law are so happy with the finished bathroom remodel.

It’s now a lighter and brighter space.

A retreat.

A spa.

A place to get away.

And it all started with a tile.

Create a space that inspires you and write your tile’s story today.


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