1980's Master Bath Reno-Tile Work

Friday, May 26, 2023

Oh man, I started writing this post like three month ago, and life caught up with me.  I was on the struggle bus all of February not feeling well.  I left off talking about the hiccups on the project.  (If you haven't seen that post, it's here.  You can also see the design plan and demo here.) It's nice to have the perspective now and have the room finished, well 95% done. 

I'm happy to report, the bathroom outlets got rewired (for a fee of course...grrr) with the correct guage wire and passed inspection.  I fixed the butchered doorway with a lot of wood filler and caulk.  And the doors did indeed need to be cut down.  And after all the handwringing and scheming on how to bring the floors back up to right height...they are still not level.  

But for now, let's talk about the tile...this was glorious after living with the demo-ed space for a month!  Who am I kidding?  It was glorious after living with the original, unusable shower for nearly 7 years!  No, but seriously having the tile go down felt like a corner had been turned.

I knew I wanted marble somewhere in the bath.  I really wanted it in the shower, but ultimately admitted that it would not be practical for us personally.  Also, it's a bit of a splurge to have marble, so I wanted to use it where it would have the most visual impact.  The view above is what you see from the bedroom, so the flooring was the winner for the marble tile.

Can you believe all this tile came from Home Depot?!  For the walls, I used basic white ceramic tile, but I used subway, bullnose, chair rail, and liner tile to create interest.  The shower floor is black penny tile.  And the main floor is a classic black and carrera marble basketweave.  I'm in love!  I agonized over what tile to use for the shower floor.  I think the black perfectly bridges the gap between the marble and the white subway tile walls!  

Ok after my tile guy finished, it was on me to complete the vertical paneling and carpentry so that we could install the vanity and have the plumber back to install the tub and plumbing fixtures.  NGL...It Took Forever!  But, I will be back with that update.  What do you think?  Was the floor the right choice for the marble?

Floor Tile: MSI Marble Basketweave (Note: This was a beautiful tile with a great price, but is only sold by the case online, so only full cases can be returned.  Also Home Depot only has a 30 day return window on online orders.)
Shower Floor Tile: Daltile Charcoal Penny Tile
Marble Shower threshold: Floor and Decor | Carrara White Marble
Marble Shower Threshold Face/Front: 4x12 Marble Tile (those 4 pcs of tile below the threshold)


  1. Love the bullnose and chair rail trim tile in the shower. It gives it a very period look. How hard is the penny tile to keep clean? Its a lot of grout to clean! But penny tile adds nice detaila and a traditional look. You have good eye for design, in my opinion! And your writing is very detailed and informative. Keep sharing!

    1. I agree...penny tile I imagined would be hard to clean the grout...I sorted of cheated by putting in dark grout, lol! I did get an electric, handheld scrubber and put in the handshower to make cleaning easier. So far, it's been almost a year, and it looks like it did day one...but I do think the dark grout on the shower floor creates a no-fail situation, haha! But thank you for your kind words and for stopping by!