Have Bathroom Blues?

When I bought t house, I was very well aware of the window in the bathroom that was hidden behind the shower insert. What I didn’t realize was that you should never tackle a new bathroom in temperatures below 32 degrees.hisbath1

The reason? Well, mortar, grout, and caulk all have a hard time setting when it’s cold.

Why did I bother? I was overexcited about a new bathroom because it was going to cost me less money than I thought: only $600.

The tile was $0.42 cents a tile. One bag of medium thin set mortar for $13, one bag of white grout for $13, used the same tub, a new toilet for $78, and the window was $50…block glass found on craigslist. $25 for the shower head. $40 on the Durock. $8 on the cement screws, $10 on Liquid Nails for the windows.

The rest went toward labor.

We started by taking out a shower insert…had no idea that it was screwed into the wall, but it was. Because the house is older and the walls are a little bowed, etc. the shower insert did absolutely no good. All those negative reviews on Home Depot sites about how the liners never stick to the wall…you probably live in a house that’s older where the walls aren’t flush straight, and it’s a cold or hot state where adhesive doesn’t really do what it’s supposed to do.

photo-3This was also a must tile job because of the window. Why the block tile? It was cheaper and easier to find. A regular window has to go through a lot of sealing, and finding a window that fits the right dimensions, and so-on. A block window seals with mortar/caulk/liquid nails, or whatever your contractor decides to use. It is a nicer seal, especially when the window is in direct contact with the water stream, like this one.

We bought a new toilet only because the toilet we removed broke. (We were slightly frustrated and it was our fault that we cracked it). But, this one flushes like a dream. Kinda glad we bought it. The old toilet barely flushed, we had to hold down the handle to get anything to go down, and we couldn’t figure out why because the pipes were clear. We put the new toilet down, and we flushed for fun because the water went down with perfection. (Okay, so I exaggerate, but it was worth the $78 mistake).

The bead board had to come down because it was pieced together. Otherwise, if it had been in better condition, I would have salvaged it. (Bead board is worth $50 per board versus drywall at $7 per board). The other reason why the bead board came down is you have to put in cement board behind the tile, and the bead board would lay lower and not meet up flush to the file. Drywall would be a much cleaner look and would meet up to create a flush look.

Some new baskets on some old crates for the corner to hold essentials, and on the sink vanity, we put metal legs on the bottom to create a more ‘upscale’ look.

We then spent $25 on a new shower head from Home Depot. (Great purchase. Showers like a dream.)

BTW — After watching the tile guy like a good like DIY’er, I could have very easily done this myself with a little patience. It does take around 3 days for a pro. If you have a second bathroom and want to attend this yourself, I would give yourself a week. If you are any kind of ‘detailed decorator’ try it. Buy spacers to lay the tile. The next time I have to do this? I’m gonna make a go of it myself and I’m about the laziest DIY’er around.  (I don’t even sand my stuff before painting).