Give Your Shower a Facelift with Tile Trim

| 9/26/2008 11:12:21 AM

Tags: tile, shower, remodel,

The paint around the top of my shower surround started chipping due to exposure to moisture from the shower. I considered simply adding a bead of caulk around the top of the shower, but decided to add a single row of tile instead. I added a simple white border because I was primarily concerned about durability, but you could also use this technique with a colorful border as a decorating option.

You’ll need a few supplies before you start:

  • Tiles with one edge rounded ("bullnose")
  • At least two tiles with two edges rounded (for the ends of the "row")
  • Mortar/adhesive to attach the tile to the wall
  • Grout to fill the gaps between tiles
  • Grout sealer to protect the grout
  • Caulk for sealing corners and the top and bottom of the tiles
  • Tile spacers (for small tiles, you'll probably want eighth-inch spacers)

Try to get grout and caulk that match in color.

Tools (photos and explanations of these and other tools are here)

  • A notched trowel
  • A grout float
  • A tile nipper and/or cutter

Prepare to Tile!

Start by marking the area you want to tile with a pencil. Then mark the center of each of the three walls. For a balanced look, you’ll want to tile out from the center mark on each wall, trimming the corner tiles to fit. But leave a bit of room (an eighth of an inch or so) in the corners to allow for expansion and contraction of materials.

Using wide masking tape to mark the area makes cleanup easier — and the edges are easier to see if you spread mortar over them.
12/30/2008 10:51:00 AM

I had such a great experience with a tile company in brooklyn that I just wanted to share. I had to re-tile my bathroom and I wanted to do it myself because times are tough. I found this little online tile company called and they were running a great promo on dal tile glazed wall tile. I worked with a floor-covering specialist there and settled on a very cool K175 Biscuit tile in semi gloss which looks great! I got a very cool cityline kohl/arctic white accent trim and it came out pretty good. Installing it was no picnic but this company was hugely helpful and sent me instructional matierals complete with images. Anyway they were so good I wanted to spread the word! Thanks Ben and Sarah

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