White Subway Tub Surround, Complete!

Yesterday I took my first shower in our newly tiled tub surround!! Hurrah!! Our bathtub still has to be resurfaced, so we’ll be saving up for that. But I love how posh the shiny white tile seems, and the graphic contrast that the dark grout brings in. (Posh is a relative term – in contrast with the pink plastic tile.)

I plan to write an in-depth post on how I tiled my tub surround, but for now, these are the finished photos. The showerhead, tub spout, and knobs came from Overstock.com, the suction cup caddy is from Target.

White subway tile, dark grout

Don’t scrutinize too closely – me and my razor have some more caulk to clean up off the tile. That is the hard part about dark grout/caulk – it never cleans up.

I also replaced the ancient, malfunctioning drain. We no longer have to hang a wet washcloth on the drain latch to get it to stay open!

My biggest mistake was making the hole for the showerhead too large for the flange to cover. So I’ve ordered a square flange to cover the gaping black hole.

Here is the pink tile in all her glory (backwards – this photo was taken in the mirror):

And again, the after:

And today I received a pleasant surprise in the mail – my shower curtain that was supposedly back-ordered until May! Pictures later…



  1. Posted March 3, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh Sarah, it is beautiful! Great work!

  2. Maureen
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great job for your first time!!! I do like how the contrast between the tiles and grout look.
    You might want to check with tile store or tiler about sealing your square face plate w/silicone, since the opening is larger that you needed. This will seal any water from getting behind the faceplate and into the wall. Yes, I know the shower head is high, but you never know!!!

    • Posted March 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Maureen, good tip about the face plate, I might use my caulk and seal it to be safe.

  3. Posted March 21, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink | Reply

    Absolutely beautiful!


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