The shower had pretty cute mother of pearl plastic tiles on the two walls. But the bottoms of the walls were rotten underneath, so they and all the very hard glue they left behind (the brown stuff in the photo) had to be chiseled off so we could save the drywall on the top halves. (Wow that part took a long time.)
The tub is rounded on both sides, so we couldn’t just make a wall that butted up to the tub, we had to overlap the tub a little with the studs.
We framed it out, and put up water resistant drywall.
We were of course hoping that this would be a one-day project so we wouldn’t be without a shower, but of course things didn’t go as smoothly as we hoped. We purchased cement board to use for the walls, but it was SO difficult to work with that it was taking about 5 times as long as usual.
There wasn’t time to go back to the store that first day, so we had to go without a shower. Thankfully, the Hubs is awesome, and when we first moved in, he set me up a dog bathing station in the basement. Complete with a nice hand-held showerhead, and easy hot and cold adjustments. We have concrete floors, and he placed the station right between two floor drains.
So we showered in the basement.
Because the Hubs had to be back in the office all week, there was hardly any time to work on it, and it took all week. But it’s done! And it’s solid, quality work. And it’s good to be showering in a shower again.
Finishing the tub area is up next!