Our House, The Story Of A New England Fixer Upper: Everything You Need To Know About Tiling

April 10th, 2019
Location  •   Connecticut

Welcome back to another episode of OUR HOUSE!!

This week we are bringing you inside our home to discuss everything you’ll need to tile a space in your home. More importantly, I finally get to discuss my most beloved topic of all time – tile design! 

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Why should you consider tiling a space?

Incorporating tile allows you to jazz up any space. Tile gives any homeowner the opportunity to define their aesthetic. Whether you’re adding tile to a space for a focal point or color pop – it’s bound to be a conversation piece.

Is tiling worth the cost?

My answer is “yes!” Investing in floor tiling is great because you get more bang for your buck. Tile has the potential to increase resale value. Tile is also durable! Which makes it essential for any room where water may pass – like a bathroom, laundry room or even a mudroom.

Before we jump into all things tile:

I’m excited to announce my partnership with TileBar. I came across Tilebar on Pinterest a few years ago and loved their many options. So when I began renovating my own home, I checked to see if they carried the exact tile I was looking for. Luckily, they did! I reached out to the TileBar team about our little New England fixer-upper and they agreed to be a part of my project. 

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By now you probably know the design of our home is historic New England. I stayed on theme by having a clearcut vision. I kept our tile cohesive with our home’s historical design by incorporating delicate neutral-colored tiles. 

Master Ensuite Design: 

The master ensuite was designed first. I spent hours hunting down traditional  6″ Victorian styled honeycomb tile for our space, in hopes of giving our new home a historic look. Initially, my vision was to add masculinity to our bathroom with an all-black honeycomb floor. But, as I dug deeper into Pinterest I decided to go traditional with a Victorian pattern. Surprisingly, Matt loves the look of the floral border!

Since the floor pattern is on the busier side, I wanted to keep the shower tiling simple. I went with matte subway tile and a thick charcoal grout. The simplicity creates a clean look. I used the same subway tile to outline the shower basin. Subway tiles are versatile because the finish, grout color, and shade can easily be swapped – making them one of the most popular options out there!

Half-Bathroom/Laundry Room: 

When Matt and I lived in Dallas, we dealt with a flood in our apartment (read about it here.) So from experience, when planning out our new half-bath/laundry room, I wanted floors that would tolerant spillage.

Since our half-bath is going to be used by guests I decided to steer away from stark white tile. The space is small and windowless so black also fell flat. TileBar has so many tiles to pick from! After much thought, I decided on their marble herringbone pattern. I fell in love with the print as soon as I saw it. Sure it’s pricey, but it’s for a small well-used space. Overall, I love how it turned out! My TileBar runner-up picks:  Octave White Thassos, Octave Carrara With Black and Eden Black Hexagon

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Our Supply checklist & Prepping Your Space: 

Once you have your design nailed down, it’s time to and prep your space! Below you’ll find our tile order and a checklist of tools we used for our space.

Our Tile Order: 

Master Bathroom Shower Tile 

60 units – Matte Subway Tile for Shower

50 sheets – Eden Black Hexagon

117 sheets – Eden White Hexagon 

1 – Marble Thresholds

Half Bath & Laundry Room Tile (44 SF area): 

49 sheets – Statuary Herringbone Marble Tile 

1 – Marble Thresholds


Tiling Supplies Order: 

1  bag – MAPEI Ultracolor Plus FA 10-lb Charcoal Grout for Shower Wall

4 bag – MAPEI Ultracolor Plus FA 10-lb White All-in-one Grout for Floor Tile

6 pieces – Brushed Antique Bronze Tile Schluter

1 container – AcrylPro 1 Gal. Ceramic Tile Adhesive

One V-Notch Economy Flooring Trowel


1 container – Tile Spacers 1/8th for Subway Tile Wall

1 container – RedGard 1 Gal. Waterproofing and Crack Prevention Membrane


It’s important to have access to water for any tiling project – something Matt and I initially overlooked! To prep your space for tiling, you need to make sure your subfloor is level and screwed in with each screw four to six inches apart. This method is essential to keep tile strong for years to come. Next, you’re going to prep any surface that will come in contact with moisture with RedGard 1 Gal. Waterproofing and Crack Prevention Membrane. We used this product to protect our shower basin from mold and cracks. 

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Should you hire a tiler? 

The choice to bring on a professional tiler comes down to cost and pattern. Since I chose an intricate pattern from TileBar, I thought it best to bring in a professional for our first go-around. Now that the big project is complete, I will personally be tackling a smaller tile install this weekend!

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Thank you to TileBar for sponsoring this post.


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