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How to Make Tiled Bathtub Storage Boxes for the Bathroom

Tiled storage boxes are a great way to add a decorative touch to any bathroom. Host Paul Wilson shows how to make tiled bathtub storage boxes.

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  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Construct the Tiled Bathtub Storage Boxes

The storage boxes were designed based on the measurements of the mini-shelf that sat on top of the old bathtub. The box was built out of 2 x 4s and plywood, and backer board was installed on the surfaces in order to tile. Use the leftover sheet tiles and bull noses for the storage unit.

construct tiled bathtub storage boxes

Step 2: Apply the Thinset

Tile the box inside and outside. Apply the thinset and lay the tile sheets. Use the bull nose tiles at the corners. Let the thinset cure for 24 hours. After it has set, grout the tile.

Note: Small inside areas are difficult to tile due to the trowel and lack of space. Take it slow and be patient.

tile box inside and outside

Step 3: Secure the Storage

For an extra safety precaution, be sure to screw the storage into the back wall.

screw storage into back wall

Step 4: Caulk

Now it's time to caulk. Use a flexible sealant in the areas such as a 90-degree corner, the back of the tub and on the lip of the tub. The caulk should be the same color as the grout so you can't distinguish between the two.

Step 5: Seal the Grout

The final step is to seal the grout. It's important that you seal the grout so excessive moisture doesn't get underneath it.