Hello everyone! It’s already Week 2 of the One Room Challenge and my bright white master bathroom makeover is officially underway! If you missed my first week, you can find the information here. I’m linking up as a guest participant for the full 6 week challenge.
Demo, demo, demo! Those were the lyrics to the song of my hammer this week! We really only got one thing completed which was gutting the bathroom. Holy moly that’s hard work and boy am I so glad it’s done! We tore out the old shower door and I gotta say it was quite satisfying to see that thing hauled off to the dump! I’m ordering a new custom Euro glass door and I am so excited for the upgrade.
Next to go was the vanity. I mentioned in the last post that we will be reusing it in the downstairs bathroom. More details on that later. Of course the wonky mirrors are gone too.
We removed all the baseboards and finally the floor tile was the last to go. A huge Thank you goes out to CB (my helpful hubs with the muscles) for doing the majority of the tile tear out. You better believe we had our little helper in there doing all the heavy lifting though! We used a hammer and a mini crowbar to remove all our floor tiles. If your looking for a good tutorial on removing tile, check out this video.
You’ll notice we didn’t remove all the tile! No we didn’t get too tired and NO we definitely aren’t keeping it. We are tiling right over it! Did you know you CAN tile over tile? I don’t think I would do this on my floor because of height differences between the new floor and any existing floor transitions. Knowing myself and my tiny bladder, I’d trip over the tile edge on my way to the commode in the middle of the night. Not to mention it would be a huge eye sore. However, on a wall application and/or shower floor it’s a great money and time saving solution.
A couple things to keep in mind when considering tiling over tile in a shower are 1)The thickness on the wall will increase. 2) You need a rough surface for the new tile to adhere. 3) Make sure there are no cracks and/or water damage.
The extra thickness on the wall is no bother to me. You just need to find a finishing piece for the edges. I’ll be using a schluter trim piece from my sponsors Floor and Decor. This should give it a nice finished look and nobody will even notice!
To rough up the surface, my tile guy Jim applied Eco Prim Grip all over the old tile. It’s a multipurpose bond-promoting primer that contains sand particles to create a surface that the new tile can adhere too. See how rough it is?!
The last of the prep work was spent water proofing the shower. He rolled on a couple coats of aqua defense to create just another barrier to prevent future leakage or water damage.
My motto for this bright white master bathroom makeover is “splurge and save!” Basically we are strategically saving in certain areas so we can splurge in others. Doing the demo ourselves saved us a good chunk of change and tiling over the old tile helped us keep those dollars in the bank too. Tiling over the shower floor saved us from having to replace the shower pan and that was also a great saver. Approx in $2000 savings.
The new Euro glass door will be a splurge. Splurging on a frameless piece of glass art will defineltly bring our master bathroom to the next level. We also extended the shower tile all the way to the ceiling for a more dramatic look. Now enough with the ugly photos.
Below is the design plan for my bright white master bathroom makeover. Make sure to stop back in next Thursday to see all the tile fun with Floor and Decor.
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