Growing up in a small Indiana lake town, I’ve always loved the look of a cozy, comfortable, lake home, contemporary farmhouse or a craftsman style home. As I have gotten older, my style has included these features.

Subway tile is one of those looks I love. And here’s what you can do with a little subway tile that can change the entire look of your bathroom. This took me 3 to 4 days – I took quite a few breaks as I worked on this project. I’ve learned to take my time, not worrying about getting it done as fast as I can.

Here’s what you’ll need.

  1. Several boxes of subway tile. This bathroom took three (3) boxes.
  2. Tile adhesive. I buy the premixed. It’s a little more expensive, but easier. At least for me.
  3. Tile spacers. I use the smallest spacers with subway tile because I like a larger space for grout, but you don’t need to use spacers. Most subway tile has grooves on the sides so you don’t need to use spacers at all because it’s an automatic 1/16″ grout line.
  4. Grout
  5. Large bucket
  6. Several tile sponges
  7. Tile cutter – I use a wet tile cutter for the special cuts
  8. Patience – don’t get frustrated. It can be time consuming and messy at times. But it’s also fun to see the final project. Mistakes and all.

Here’s a link to step by step easy instructions. Most times I don’t use a v-notched trowel to apply my adhesive. Most times I apply directly to the back of the tile.

When I finished this project – I trimmed the top with a 2” decorative molding and painted it white.

Subway tile: $36.00

Adhesive Tile: $12.00

Grout: $45.00 (self-mix is cheaper, but I use ready mix)

Sponges – $6.00

Spacers: $6.00

Tile cutter: $24.00 – $90.00 depending on the cutter you choose. If you don’t want to use a cutter – Lowes will cut the special cuts for you, but for a small fee.


And I’m a DIY Girl!  I’ve learned to chalk paint, paint a room, tile a backsplash, create featured walls, replace simple plumbing fixtures, replace simple electrical lighting, create outdoor water feature and simple landscaping, and much more! I hope you enjoy following my DIY adventures!



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