I’m not talking about running. That, I’m definitely not good at. If you follow us on Instagram, you probably saw our weekend tile marathon.
On Saturday, we (as usual, mostly Ben) laid out, cut, and installed the staggered brick slate floor.
We used this same tile on the family room fireplace and love it. The price is right, too. We couldn’t find the same size ceramic or porcelain tile we liked within fifty cents per square foot.
Ben loves working with it as it cuts easily with a wet tile saw.
Sunday morning, we geared up for a long day of shower tiling. Everything was installed and ready to go.
Our stainless steel shelf and plumbing controls.
We laid out a few starting options and settled on starting on the corner and wrapping the design around to the other wall.
With the first few tiles in place, working off was a breeze. Seven hours later, we had the shower tiled.
That included cutting every 12 by 12 tile in half to create the rectangle shape. After searching every local tile and home improvement store, we couldn’t find a rectangular tile we liked in our price range. Instead, we saved some money and cut standard (easy to find) Grecian White marble tiles. It’s strange, because the colors were pretty consistent within each box, but box to box were vastly different. Ranging from Carrara-looking gray and white veins to golden tones with dark flecks.
As I dried each cut tile, I stacked gray then gold to mix the colors. If I saw an area that had too much of one color, I picked out the opposite for the next tile. Once the lines are grouted, we’ll pull the protective film off the shower pan. The shelf just needs a cleaning.
But it’s so, so exciting to see a nice, clean, open, and bright shower in here.
That corner post isn’t structural, but necessary. We’re hoping two shower curtains (one on each open side) will work to keep water in. If not, or we don’t like them, we’ll add glass to the longer wall. Until then, I’m dreaming of using this beauty. In the mean time, I stare at and pet my favorite tiles. Yes, I’m strange and pick out my favorites to put in highly visible areas.
That top horizontal is one of those. Ben does think I’m crazy for that, by the way. If that’s crazy, I don’t want to be sane. Are you as in love with the new tile as I am? I can’t stop looking at it.
P.S. We’ve gotten several questions about the tile. The shower tiles are 12 by 12 Greecian white marble from Home Depot, cut in half and laid in the herringbone pattern. Floor tiles are Montauk Black 12 by 24 inch slate tiles, also from Home Depot. Both tiles are available in our local store; hopefully yours stocks these as well.