Marble Tiled Backsplash in the Master Bath

While the tile setter was here he also worked on the sink vanity backsplash in the master bathroom.

The area behind the double-sink vanity needs a backsplash.

I had chosen Hampton Carrera Polished Amalfi 2″ by 4″ subway tiles to complete the backsplash.  This tile coordinates with the basketweave floor tile, the white subway tile in the shower, and the marble vanity top.

A 1/4-inch gap was filled so tile could start on top of the vanity.

The tiler began by sealing the gap behind the marble vanity top with a layer of grout so the tiling begins above, not behind, the vanity.

2″ by 4″ subway marble tile

I wanted a 10″ backsplash which ultimately consists of four 2-inch subway tiles and a 2-inch border.

An allowance was made to fit the border after adhering the field tile.

The border really makes a big difference.

Should the border end at the vanity top?

There was a question as to whether to fit the tiles into the corner or end them at the vanity top.

Or should the border end in the corner

The corner fit just didn’t look right.

The tiles around the window and the electrical outlet must be cut to fit.

These smaller 2″ by 4″ subway tiles are on a mesh background by square foot and so are easier to lay than the larger tiles 3″ by 6″ tiles which must be set individually.

The backsplash is both practical and pretty. (Before grout.)

I decided that white grout would be fine for this backsplash. (The marble floor tile is grouted with warm grey.)

The wallplate will be replaced with a more appropriate color.
The master bathroom backsplash is finished.

Now to put mirrors back in place and touch up a few dings on the wall.

Do you have a go-to tile style?



Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

7 thoughts on “Marble Tiled Backsplash in the Master Bath”

  1. What a difference the backsplash makes! It really finishes it off. Ending at the vanity edge is a better choice, I think. You will enjoy the new look every day = or at least until you are so used to it you no longer “see” it.

  2. The border really does make all the difference. I also agree with your decision to end the tile at the edge of the vanity. As for the outlet cover, I would personally match the faucet and buy a metal one, but I understand why you might want to try to match the tile. That might be harder since it’s marble and not a solid color.

    1. So many decisions that go unnoticed unless someone gets it wrong, then it glares forever. I have some outlet covers on hand: white gloss and stainless steel. Will try both. Jo

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