Basement reno: shower tiles

We decided against both of the tiles I originally posted about here :::giving you the side-eye::: Let's pretend that post never happened.   Edited to add: the mosaic accent tiles are NOT the ones some have mentioned seeing at Home Depot, but they are very similar =]

Though I wanted a shower similar to this stunning carrara marble beauty (so jealous of you, Jeannine!) and it was ironically within our budget, in the end we decided on tiles that are a better fit for us:

1) With a marble vanity/slate floor (upstairs bathroom) and marble backsplash (kitchen) we already choose to seal 2x/year, the thought of yet another sealing job was not too appealing. 
2) This basement bathroom will also be the guest bathroom.  We felt a bit guilty asking guests to squeegee/maintain those carrara marble tiles after every use........and we get a lot of overnight guests......a lawt.  It's like a freaking hotel up in here (dear family & friends: love you, mean it).
3) We kept envisioning any future offspring drawing on those precious marble tiles with those crazy bath crayons or zooming toys across the marble's etch-prone surface........which almost led to a minor conniption on my part.  (Note to family: I'm not growing a human yet so calm down).

All those reasons led us to this (excuse the lighting, we're working on it):
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A shower worthy of the glossy pages of House Beautiful that I originally envisioned? Well, no.  A shower that we can splash in, live in, and love without worrying too much?  Most importantly yes.


subway tiles: Home Depot (.88/tile)
tile border/trim: Home Depot ($1.88/piece) --------> So stoked I pushed for these.  It's like crown moulding for subway tiles. Love!
accent tiles (a mix of honed carrara marble, polished Calcutta marble, & aqua/grey sea-glass): Bedrosian's, Denver location ($10.50/sq ft sheet)
paint: Benjamin Moore Gray Owl color matched in Sherwin Williams Harmony No VOC paint

* The placement of the glass tiles/cubby might seem a bit off but it was due to logistical reasons of which I won't bore you with.
* This tile combo was inspired by Aubrey & Lindsay's beautiful shower.

38 comments:

  1. It looks so good! I love the line of accent tiles going through it. Great job!

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  2. I think it's just perfect. The shelves are a great idea.

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  3. I literally laughed out loud when I saw these pictures. Why? Well, we just finished our bathroom reno on Friday. Our tile? White subway. Our accent tile? That exact same marble/tile/glass from Lowes. Our floor tile? Dark gray rectangular ceramic tile.

    It's like the flipping twilight zone!

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  4. I love the border tiles! I was thinking "ooh looks like crown molding for shower tiles" and look at that, you think so too.

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  5. Love the end caps you chose! I don't think I've seen those before and you're right, they're totally like crown molding for your tile. Great job!

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  6. I love it. (No surprise here.) And because I've been trying to talk the husband into detail tile in our shower with subway tile, I emailed this to him and said "SEE! IF FRECKLES CHICK GOT TO DO IT, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO AS WELL!"

    At least I'm rational.

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  7. Too funny, K! I know, had we used those Lowe's glass tiles too, we would have been bathroom BFF's!! Did things just get weird in here..........

    ::doo-doo-DOO-doo, doo-doo-DOO-doo::: <-----that's the Twilight zone song (doesn't translate as well in writing....)

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  8. I love the white subway tile, FC. It's perfect and, like you said, worry free. And the tile detail is fabulous. Also, I love the cutouts for shampoo. Come retile my bathroom please. Love, Em

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  9. the tiles look great! I really love how much more interesting it looks!

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  10. It's so pretty! And I love your thinking. We don't live in magazines. But your shower is beautiful nonetheless.

    jbhat

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  11. it looks so stinkin' good, i love your accent tile. i am hoping to do something like that in the kitchen. great job, you guys!

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  12. It looks yummy, FC! And, I personally think this route is better than the marble...there, I said it. It really reads chic but not over the top, especially for a basement.

    It was the perfect choice, girl!

    And, I wish you were growing a human, is that weird. Hmmm.... ; )

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  13. It looks great and it's nice that it is family/guest friendly!

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  14. Personally I think nothing is better than white subway tile. Well, I mean when you are talking about tile...

    And your accent tiles are fabulous! I would come and stay with you any time. And I promise not to write on anything...

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  15. I LOVE those shelves! Our shower stall is teensytiny. I would kill to have such a good looking and functional space!

    Love your blog!

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  16. Absolutely Gorgeous! I love that you added the blue/gray tiles to the subway tiles. It's so gorgeous with the hint of blue paint! LOVE! :)

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  17. My dear...the fact your bathroom lighting gives the somewhat illusion of WHITE light vs. the Motel 6 yellow sex glow we have in ours....so jealous. As for the eye candy of tile, I have decided that I will shamelessly copy this is some form. As for a test run with mini adults....I can always send Thurgood to FC Camp. He would love it....but might want to take your furbaby home with him.

    Cheers~
    e

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  18. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! Great choice! And I like your very logical reasons why. :)

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  19. It is beautiful. Marble is a little overrated for a bathroom where men dribble pee and wear their shoes. Your new bathroom is just as sexy as you are!

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  20. Good choice on not using the marble. I'm loving the accent tile...very similar to what I'm considering for one of our bathroom remodels.

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  21. Oh, I love the way it turned out! White subway tiles are so classic but I love the personality you added with the skinnier tiles bordering the wall. Love it!

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  22. Oh, I love the way it turned out! White subway tiles are so classic but I love the personality you added with the skinnier tiles bordering the wall. Love it!

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  23. Looks great! Beautiful but not high maintenance= perfect!

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  24. The marble and glass tile border is absolutely beautiful. And the "crown molding" looks great too!

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  25. That turned out fab, FC! Going with the ceramic tile was a good choice. It looks classic, crisp, and most importantly easy to clean!

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  26. Wow, your bathroom looks GREAT. Such good taste you have. :)

    AnaLisa
    http://whateverislovelyblog.blogspot.com

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  27. Wonderful job! The whole bathroom is beautiful and classy but modern at the same time. Awesome job, FCs!

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  28. GORGEOUS!

    What paint color is that on the wall?

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  29. I think it's worthy of many glossy pages. :-) We *just* finished a bathroom reno and HB be damned...we did a good job if I do say so myself. ;-) So I applaud your project...yours is amazing! I love your tile border! Way to add a POP to your loo!! Modern, but yet will stand the test of time. LOVE!!

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  30. THANK YOU!! Y'all make my heart smile, for reals.

    @ Anonymous: The wall color's Benjamin Moore Gray Owl color matched in Sherwin Williams Harmony No VOC paint. It's a lovely wispy gray w/ just the slightest blue-green undertone. Hope that helps!

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  31. It looks so beautiful. I have greys in my guest bathroom, as well.. mixed with tans and blues and being that we are doing a country theme throughout most of the house, I am going with Shabby Country Chic. I am so lookng forward to seeing the end result of yours!

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  32. Would you pleeeease have a baby soon?! I need some stylish nursery inspiration! ;)

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  33. Looks great and, more importantly, practical! We're trying to decide what type of tile to go with when we finish our basement bathroom, too. It's so hard! I do like the look of subway tile, though. And I'm obsessed with mosaic accents.

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  34. What is the tile on the floor? I love your bathroom. Great job!

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  35. This looks fantastic! I love the simple and classic subway tiles, you can't go wrong with those babies!

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  36. I love the floor tiles and have been looking for some like these. Where did you find them??

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    1. This post has more info on them. Hope this helps!

      http://freckleschick.blogspot.com/search/label/guest%20bathroom

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