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Tiling the shower little by little

How to install subway tile in your shower.

Okay, deep breaths. We have approximately fourteen days to finish our whole bathroom plan. I'm not freaking out at all... HA! Maybe a little 😉 If you've been following along, this is week four of the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. You can catch our bathroom "before" pictures and design plan in week one.
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Week Three Progress:

This week was a busy, busy, busy one! As I mentioned last week, I am my little sister's matron of honor for her upcoming wedding, and her bridal shower and bachelorette party were this past weekend. I had to head out of town early on Friday to get everything set up (I can't wait to share the shower details with you!!!) and didn't get back til Sunday. My husband was on toddler duty for the weekend, so needless to say, we weren't able to get much done over the weekend. 

But life with a toddler makes projects difficult in general. People ask me all the time how on earth I get all of these projects done. Well, that's what naptimes and bedtime are for, my friends. Everyone fills that time with something... TV, reading, chores, hobbies... for me, it's my creative time. I wouldn't give that up for anything. Creativity is my fuel. I need it in my life. That doesn't mean it doesn't get stressful... like when you're on a six week timeline 😬 ...but it's still enjoyable. Everyone should spend time doing things that make their heart happy!

Anyway, despite having a busy week and a rambunctious toddler, we made some great progress on the shower tile. For only having a couple hours a day to work on it, I think we're doing pretty well! We've been getting about three to five rows done at a time.

This is where I left you last week...

How to install subway tile in your shower.

And on Sunday, I shared with you on Instagram that we were here...

How to install subway tile in your shower.

And now, just a few days later, we're almost two thirds of the way done!!!

How to install subway tile in your shower.

I'm absolutely loving how it looks so far, and I can't wait to see it with grout! I love the look of wide grout lines with subway tile, so we opted for these 3/16" tile spacers from M-D Building Products.

Honestly, I think the secret to our progress is the 20" Tile Cutter PRO from M-D Building Products. We thought we were going to need a wet saw for this project, but the tile cutter has been all we needed. It's so quick and easy to use, and we can leave it right there in the bathroom for cutting as we go. It's been a life saver, and I highly recommend one if you have any tiling projects coming up!

How to install subway tile in your shower.

We're hoping to have the tile installation finished by the weekend so that we can start grouting and focus on some of the other things we haven't started yet.. like painting!

Bathroom Makeover To Do List:

  • Remove tile backsplash
  • Remove countertop and vanity
  • Install beadboard
  • Install new vanity and sink faucet
  • Remove glass shower door
  • Remove shower tile and old cement board
  • Install new subway tile and grout (almost done!!!)
  • Remove tile wall moldings 
  • Install and paint wooden floor moldings/trim
  • Update floor grout color
  • Paint walls
  • Update light fixture
  • Accessorize
Check back each week to see our progress, and don't forget to stop by Calling It Home to see the rest of the One Room Challenge projects going on! It's the ultimate source of inspiration if you have a room makeover coming up!

Big thanks to our sponsors! Their tools have been the key to our success on this project!

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In case you missed it...

Week Four | Week Five | Week Six

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  1. Ahh it's looking so good! Can't wait to see the whole space!

  2. Holy smokes! Look at you two go!!!!! Can't wait to see it all come together!

  3. It's looking so good! I love big grout lines with subway tile too!

  4. Oh my gosh you are making a lot of progress with so much going on! Great work on the tiling - it looks like a professional job!