Other considered subtitles:
- How to annoy your neighbors with incessant hammering
- A lesson in patience
- Thank God it’s not our house?
So last Saturday I had a stroke of “genius” or possibly just a stroke, but I thought it was the P-E-R-F-E-C-T day to tear apart the bathroom and start tiling the shower surround. So of course I woke the Mister up at the butt crack (sorry, Mom) of dawn to help me figure out what we needed from Home Depot. I really hate wandering up and down aisles looking for things, so I try to pre-order … aka make some employee walk up and down the aisles shopping for me so that I can just show up when they’re done and be met with a cart full of goodies.
Here was our list:
- white 3 x 6″ ceramic tiles (3 cases)
- a tile cutter
- 3 x 5′ sheets of cement backer board (4)
- 1 gallon of pre-mixed (oh shush… it works just as well) thin-set mortar
- mesh joint tape
- 1 massive roll of roofing felt (for waterproofing)
One of the key features of this new shower surround, other than the fabulous white ceramic subway tile, is going to be the niche that we put up on the main wall. It’s already such a narrow space and I’m constantly bumping elbows with one of the FOUR stupid shelves that poke out from the side causing whatever bottle or razor that was precariously balanced to tumble to my feet. We didn’t want to lose any square footage in the shower, so an inset niche shelf was definitely the way to go… and they’re just cool. Unfortunately, they don’t sell them in Home Depot or Lowes. You can only buy them from their website. And no rush shipping. Bummer. It wasn’t even noon yet and our project was already going to be delayed by 3-5 business days. This is why you can’t have a weekend stroke of genius.
But we decided to go ahead and pick up some accent tiles to go inside the niche. Our landlord requested we stick with neutral colors – a non issue, since we don’t tend to go too crazy with things like this anyway. We did however find ourselves standing in the tile aisle having to remind ourselves that we weren’t picking out something that maybe we personally would want, but something a little more general. Not everyone likes our idea of neutral and we needed to keep that in mind. After laying several options down on the floor, narrowing it down to two, and pairing them with the white ceramic tiles we’d be using for the rest of the shower, we found a match. Some beautiful white marble square tiles.
We decided to go ahead and get as much done as we could without the niche and just use plastic sheeting taped up to the walls to protect it from water while we continued to use our shower throughout the following week. That’s actually been one of the few plans we had that has gone as we’d intended. Many thanks to friends and neighbors for offering their showers this week though. haha
Demo day didn’t go quite like we’d intended. As luck would have it and to no ones surprise, we discovered mold around the edge of the tub as we ripped off the existing plastic shower surround. We also discovered the cheap plastic surround had been adhered directly to green board (gag) using what I can only assume was Liquid Nails. Awesome. What’s odd to me is that it looks like the green board had been painted yellow along with the rest of the bathroom at one point before the shower surround was in place. Not sure if some genius thought they could get away with no shower surround for awhile.
Demo day wasn’t without it’s fair share of unexpected excitement. While out in the alley tossing more garbage, I heard an exclamation coming from our bathroom which I could only assume was a sign that something was going terribly wrong. Much to my surprise, when I ran back up into the house, I discovered that the Mister had uncovered some of the house’s original brick.
Pretty nifty. Anyway, that’s enough about demo for now. Once I get access to all of my pictures from my nicer camera and have a chance to edit them, I’ll post a more thorough explanation of how to demo a shower surround. I just wanted to give you all a little teaser from this past weekend.
What big projects are you tackling around this house this Fall?