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Subway Tile Shower

by Roger

I recently finished a shower with 3 x 6 inch ceramic subway tiles. I have done several subway-style showers but this is the only one I documented with photos from start to finish.

You can also do a subway shower with travertine tile, which looks really good. I have also done them with marble and granite tile cut from 12 x 12 floor tile.

This particular shower is installed in a space where the contractor removed a regular five foot bathtub and replaced it with a fiberglass shower pan. Cement backerboard was then installed over a moisture barrier.

I installed a better-bench in one corner, a large corner shelf in the other, and used the Schluter Kerdi membrane to waterproof a built-in shower niche. Just one example of how Kerdi can be utilized for individual aspects of any shower.  This particular shower also has a framed listello installed around the wall directly above the niche.

You can click on any of the images for a full-size view.

If you have any questions about this or any of my other installations feel free to leave a comment below.

Karl Neumann

Beautiful work. What spacing did you use between your tiles? Finally, did you use thinset or mastic? Thanks!

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Roger

Hi Karl,

Thanks. Those particular tiles are self-spacing. They have little ‘nubs’ on them that install directly to the tile below and space the tiles consistently at a bit less than 1/16″. Always, always use thinset in wet areas.

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Chad Deiter

Nice returns on the liner . Finishes it off very well. Great work as always Roger.

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Brian

The subway tile photos of the bathroom are awesome!
What color grout did you use? Bright White? I’d like to know the exact color and brand.

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Roger

Hi Brian,

Thank you! This shower was grouted with c-cure brand #25 white non-sanded grout.

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Robert Howard

This tile is amazing. I would love to work with a professional like this.

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