Friday, April 26, 2013

Subway Tile is Up and it's the Bomb!

Ok, I seriously love white subway tile and  I love that they are everywhere!  They just feel so clean and organized!  You basically can't look in a design magazine without catching a glimps of this stuff.  And I'm pretty sure that every one of my favorite bloggers have subway tile somewhere in their house.   
Random Fact - We had originally planned on doing subway tile for the kitchen back-splash, but now I'm much happier with our marble choice...but it is set in the same pattern. 

After posting about {the inspiration} for the laundry room, I went to Home Depot to buy materials and almost did a jig in the aisle when i realized the entire back-splash install would cost $25!  Yeah you heard me correct...$25 dollars!  Get it GUUURL!!!

{DIY} Subway Tile Back-splash
  • Subway Tiles and Subway bullnose edge tile $16
  • Grout $9
  • Thin Set Mortar - free - already owned
Total Project Price = $25!!!

Laying the tile took just under 2 hours, Grouting took under 1 hour and sealing the grout 15 minutes.   So what's my new favorite project in the house?
Oh, it's the $25 and 3 hours spent laundry room back-splash! 
Is it weird that i creepily sweep my hand across it and smile every I walk in there?

What a cheap and easy transformation!

Of course I couldn't take pictures of the actual tile cutting - Andy was occupied for hours putting Savannah to sleep (that sounds crazy, i know, but no joke this process can take up to 2 hours...she is the queen of deflection.  What 2 year old actually needs 1 cold carrot at 9pm and then again at 2 am?).

So here are some shots of the start make sure your edge is level.  The subway tile is super easy and self explanatory...I worked out to in (by "in" I mean the corner, I'm really good with technical terms).  Start your 1st row with a full tile and second row starts with 1 tile cut in half.  Then repeat!
**I used a bullnose edge which is optional
 The spacers are just over 1/8"...placed at every edge, vertical and horizontal.
 For your thin set mortar (bonding agent for the tile) I prefer to use dry mix and make a batch every time...vs the pre-mixed stuff.   Not sure why it's just my preference!

And here is the money shot, all clean and grouted!
Since I used 1/8" spacers I went with a sanded grout (any spaces 1/8" and larger you should use a sanded vs non-sanded grout).  Grout Color Choice was just slightly off white.
**I also love dark gray grout in subway tile and if my counters were white...I would have chose that option...
If your interested in seeing this project from the is the link to the post on laundry room progress.

Here is an easy how to on tiling and grouting...or just email me and ask!   I'm no expert but I'm full of advice!
Well I hope you enjoy and I can't wait to get this room accessorized and share a final reveal!!!
- Katie
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  1. What brand of tile saw did you buy? We are going to do subway tiles in our kitchen!


  2. Hey Lady...pretty sure this is the one that we own...from Home Depot.

    Hope that helps!

  3. I just spent forever clicking around on all your reno's - they look great! You guys have clearly done a great job at updating the home! I especially LOVE this laundry room though...that white subway tile, and two-toned cabinets - right up my alley! I'm following along now and am excited to see more updates!!

    1. Thanks Ashley for checking out the Blog! Yes, we have been working hard and it still feels like we have so much more! So glad you like the laundry room...I am heading out to Ikea soon to accessorize!
      Talk to you soon!
      - Katie

    2. No probs..I want to see pictures!

  4. Great job Katie! You worked like a professional hand.
    All the best.

    1. Thanks! I'm still amazed at how simple it was...and inexpensive, I liked that part too!!!
      - Kaite

  5. WHOA! Your new laundry room looks awesome! I had no idea adding tiles was this easy! I wish I didn't live in an apartment so I could try something like this! I'm so jealous. I hate my laundry room.. :(

    Marie H.

  6. Nice article and great knowledge about subway tile. I love this story and enjoy with your words!


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