We finally have a fully functioning upstairs bathroom! I no longer have to send overnight guests to the dark basement to shower in the bathroom without a door. Ugh! (More on the basement progress later) In case you don’t remember, we had to gut the shower tile due to cracks in the grout that lead to water damage in the walls and in the basement. The original tub did not have a lip, (flange) which compounded the problem. I was sad that we had to demo it because I liked the white shower tile. But after demoing it, I realized the previous tile was never properly installed, so even though it has been a big pain, I am glad we were able to get this done right.
Here is the only good picture I have of the shower nook before. The tub was old and worn so I always kept the shower curtain closed but you can see the 2×2 inch white shower tiles. I really like the look and they worked well with the curve. That is my favorite thing about my bathroom! That arched little nook.
Not only did we get new white shower tile, but we got a tub liner as well! No more hiding the shower and tub nook :)
One of the reasons it took us so long to get this project done, was that we couldn’t decide if we should try to break up the cast iron tub (which was original to the house and weighs a TON) to be able to remove it, or resurface it somehow. The resurfacing companies I researched had terrible reviews with people saying that it peeled off. It made me nervous to try it. When I stumbled across a company that makes custom liners, I knew I had the perfect solution. The acrylic liner fits right over the old tub (no removal!) and they were able to add a lip for the tile.
If you follow me on instagram and watch my stories, you got to follow along on the tiling journey. If you missed it, it is in my highlights. I explained how we decided to hire this project out because of the curve and difficulty level. After having a few contractors tell me they didn’t want to touch this project I was discouraged. Everyone was telling me to get rid of the arch. “It will be so much easier if you just have a regular shower.” But I love this old house of mine and all of the architectural details that make it special. It took me years, but I found a contractor willing to take on the job. It took him two weeks! I feel like Eric the tile guy is basically a member of our family now.
Remember when I did the other part of this bathroom? Remember the awesome channel faucet from Delta? Well, I got the matching faucet, handle and shower head at the same time and have been so excited to finally install it! It is their Cassidy bathroom collection and I love how the chrome finish looks against the white shower tile!
This little guy doesn’t really remember ever taking a bath in our tub. How sad is that? Every time he has a sleepover with Grandma or we go to a hotel, he takes long baths and says “I wish we had a bath tub at our house!” If you thought I was excited to check this off our list, he was 10X more excited.
Swimming suit, goggles and bath toys!
The kids/guest bathroom is done! You can see the whole bathroom HERE if you missed the first bathroom reveal post. The wallpaper behind the toilet is still my favorite!
What was your latest project you were able to cross off your list?
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