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Typically made of tile, bathtub surrounds prevent water from damaging the wallboard around the tub. Thus, they tend to be treated as purely functional devices.
But in the right hands, tub surrounds can become works of art.
Justin Parker of Majestic Tile in Virginia Beach, VA, provided us with pictures of bathtub surrounds they have worked on. So, check them out and get some great ideas for tub surrounds.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Black and White Tub Surround
A very elegant bathtub surround that incorporates a dream feature for many homeowners: space for linens, reading materials, or just whatever.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Bathtub Surround With Listello
A tub surround of dark tile, enlivened by the addition of this band, or listello, of diamond shapes.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Marble or Marble-Look Bathtub Surround?
So, is this real marble or marble-look tile for this bathtub surround? You can be the one to decide.
I put my money on marble-look porcelain tile.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Tub Surround: One Row High
Not all bathtub surrounds need to cover the entire wall space, like the previous one.
If the tub is purely a tub (not tub/shower), you can go as minimal as this single row of tile for the surround.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Art Deco Surround
A very stylish deco-style bathtub/shower surround. Note how the surround isn't limited just to the tub/shower but wraps around the entire bathroom.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Subway Tile Bathtub Surround
Easily my favorite tub surround idea from Majestic Tile. This is subway tile, which instantly gives any tub surround an antique look. Note that the tile still has the spacers in it. These will later be removed and the tile grouted over.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Tub Surrounds For Small Bathrooms
Nice features in this bathtub surround include the ledge just under the window. This picture shows how you can incorporate elegant tub surrounds even in very small bathrooms.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Tub Surrounds: Simple or Not?
This bathtub surround isn't as basic as it first seems. An ordinary one-row-high tub surround is given a spin by the addition of cut tiles above and below the row.
DIY tilers try to avoid cutting tiles as much as possible. But in the hands of pros, tile can be cut into any size--for that custom touch.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Tub Surrounds for Difficult Spaces
An oddly-shaped bathtub gets a bathtub surround. Note the addition of one little item: the quarter-sized tile at the very left side of the tub surround. It's not something most DIYers would think of. But it's needed to visually tie the tile into the vanity area and into the rest of the bathroom.