Another great step towards completion is the installation of the subway tile in the shower. We went with a Snow White 3×6 subway tile from Home Depot and a matching Snow White grout.
The installation started out by figuring the final layout of the tile. In the first image below you will see that I tried to get a feel for where each of the tiles were going to fall before I started to install them. Though I do feel there is a much easier way to do this, the only way I could think of was to tape each one to see where it landed. I didn’t tape up all of the tiles but I felt like I was making progress with this method.
After I came up with the starting point for the first tile, I mixed up the first batch of thinset and started laying tile. I mounted a yard stick onto the backer board that was level and became the ledger for the first row. Since all of the tile for the entire shower will be based off of this first row, you need to be sure that you start out nice and level.
The rest of the tile work will be done over the next 12 hours. Working my way up from the bottom row to the ceiling, I painfully laid out close to 500 tiles until I was done (physically and mentally). The first image shows that I went from where the yard stick was to the top. Then I mixed another batch of thinset and completed the trim pieces on top, bottom and valve. After I was done I was wishing that I placed them out in a different way but since I didn’t realize until much too late, it will have to do for this house. I was upset with small tiles on the top row shown in the lower pictures but since I will be caulking the tile and ceiling joint, it won’t be that noticeable.
Here’s to my first shower tile install 🙂