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Bathroom Redo - Science Experiment to Pristine Clean for Around $400

I love my house... but I HATED the master bath. The tile was an ugly matte grey and the glass doors were dated and hideous. I honestly do not think the previous owners ever cleaned it either. My hubs hated the outdated tile as well so our initial thought was that we would replace it. However, the quotes we received were over $5000 - cant afford that.
So I decided I would just make it work. But no matter how hard I scrubbed, what chemicals I used or how many curse words I said - I could not get the 20 years of grime off of the shower doors (and we have super hard water so you can imagine the disgusting buildup)!
I decided it might be easier for me to take off the shower doors and clean them outside (what did I have to lose at this point) but when I did I was nauseous over how disgusting everything really was. I called in the hubs and we decided that yep - something has to give.
So that's when I suggested we at least replace the glass door. Hubs agreed and off to Lowe's we went.

Here is what I did:
Remove old door and caulk.
Cleaned EVERYTHING with Comet Bathroom Spray (this stuff is awesome). $4
Sealed all the tile with 511 Impregnator Sealer (Home Depot) $35
Installed new Sterling (by Kohler) door $355
Applied Silicone around the door frame and any places in shower that needed it $6
Installed shelf above toilet (already had it)

$400 investment

I was shocked at how AMAZING it looks just by doing the little things I did!! In fact, the gray tile doesn't bother me at all now and the new door makes it look completely upgraded. I am so glad we decided to do this "small" upgrade saving us thousands on a tile job.

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  • Carole
    Carole Australia
    on Sep 16, 2013

    Hi! I do sympathise over the disgusting state some people let a bathroom get into, especially the shower screens as they are the hardest to keep clean. Do you mind if I make a suggestion? I know it is not you guys who let it get into that state in the first place, but given you have now gone to the expense of replacing it all, you will want to ensure that your replacement stays clean and hygienic going forward. I have found the easiest way is to leave a cleaning cloth hanging in the shower - one that has a rough surface like a towelling surface on one side and chamois leather on the other side. After each shower - it takes seconds to rub over the screen with the rough side, then wring the cloth out thoroughly so it is almost dry and use the chamois side and wipe the screen over. The chamois removes all the moisture from the screen. It is the moisture combined with soapy residue that leaves that nasty mould inducing gunk on the screens which builds up after a few days and becomes really hard to remove - no matter what chemicals you throw at it. If you endeavour to wipe over in this manner each time the shower is used - it is a great preventative for build up of soapy residue. We all know that prevention is better than cure! I have been doing this for a few months now and find my shower rarely looks like it is soapy or needs a good scrub! Well done on your makeover by the way!

  • KrysFL
    KrysFL Lakeland, FL
    on Sep 16, 2013

    Great suggestion. I have already made a squeegee a permanent fixture in the stall as well. :) I am OCD about being clean (one reason why I couldn't stand this shower) so now that everything is sealed and cleaned, I am excited to be able to keep it that way!

  • Phyllis Smith
    Phyllis Smith Harrisburg, IL
    on Sep 16, 2013

    we had the same problem. Our water had so much iron that even though the tub was cleaned every day (6 of us showering) the rust & crud looked like it had never left. we tried lime away we tried bleach sitting on it I finally got so disgusted I took down the doors & the rails. you should have seen what was under there! but yours came out very nice. good job

  • Alexandra Arena
    Alexandra Arena Forest Hills, NY
    on Sep 16, 2013

    Wonderful job! Frugal and fabulous!

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Sep 16, 2013

    I am so impressed by what you did here. You must feel so good every time you look at it! Bravo!

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