This is the top of my shower. I just painted all of that with expensive paint this summer and look what has happened. When it first started I thought that I could solve the problem by installing a vent fan . Well, clearly that didn’t work. So I’ve decided to tile the whole shower, floor to ceiling in order to keep this from happening again. Here’s the timeline of events.
5:00 – Arrive home.
Check mail for paystub – We’re in luck
5:30- Head to Wegman’s for necessary food provisions
6:30- unload car, head back out to the hardware store
7:30- Arrive home with 6 panels of Hardibacker, screws, joint tape, mortar and a boxcutter. Costing $111.00
7:45- Take the long last look at the shower and hope I know what I’m doing
8:15- Peel off the last of the fake tile, remove shower rod and knobs and really hope I know what I am doing.
I can’t figure out how to get the tap thing out (not the shower head)- suggestions welcome, it won’t twist and there are no screws of any kind
9:30- remove the last of the drywall and plaster.
10:00- Dry-fit the Hardibacker board
Should I remove all the lath, or is that unnecessary? Most of it is in good condition. I don’t see how it could hurt to leave it in place. Thoughts?
10:15- discover power drill has no battery left. Cleanup, take a sponge bath and then blog about the mess I made.
Hopefully, I can get all the backer board up and tape the joints in the morning. Then I’m off to a baby shower and maybe we can talk tile tomorrow afternoon. I’m thinking white subway with gray grout. Perhaps, a four inch band of white hex tile 3/4 of the way up to tie in with the floor and add interest. Or I could install a band of glass tile but I’m afraid it might look dated in a few years since it is so popular now.
I’m going to keep the two handled hot and cold knobs to keep it vintage and because I’m not a plumber but options at the hardware store for this style were majorly limited and mostly plastic. So I’ll have to keep looking.
I ‘m really not sure how any of this works besides what I have read online so any advice would be more than welcome.