Master Bath Remodel Phase 1

3 Materials
4 Weeks

Lived with this nightmare bath for nearly 11 years... FINALLY got it done (DIY)... LOVE IT NOW! I started collecting ideas for this two years ago, could not get hubs on-board. Finally threatened to rip the exhaust fan out and throw it thru the window, it sounded like a truck every morning when he would get in the shower and I was trying to sleep! He actually thanked me for "forcing him" to start the project when we took the old shower doors off, it was so awful... it should not have taken five months to complete but he's not getting any younger so it was a weekend job, and not every weekend... three Phases because I took a LOT of before/after pix!
UGLY OLD ... it begins....

old shower, base was shot, doors were shot, mold

wallpaper peeling, started removing

original (previous owners) $9 shower exhaust fan, sounded like a diesel truck

HORRIBLE SHOWER BASE we could not remove without gutting which hubs did not want to do. Original boring beige tile.

Horrible drain in shower
scrubbed base with TSP solution and bleach, lightly sanded, wiped down with tack cloth before applying epoxy
Plumbers putty to raise level so water does not sit around drain
pulled ceramic soap dish off wall and re-rocked
two coats of two-part epoxy, ran a fan and opened windows and wore a mask, the fumes are pretty heavy..

came out great!
tiled accent space where soap dish had been

More pix to see in Phase 2!

Suggested materials:

  • <a href="" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tile</a>  (Lowes or Homedepot)
  • <a href="" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two-part epoxy</a>  (Home depot)
  • <a href="" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">grout</a>  (Lowes or Home depot)

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3 of 18 questions
  • Deb
    on Sep 19, 2018

    I like the plumbers putty around the drain to build it up idea! Did you buy a new drain cover?

    • Chris
      on Sep 19, 2018

      Yes- it's a brushed stainless with a silicon lip, it just sets over the drain (not fixed). I believe it may be OXO brand

  • Gina Perez
    on Sep 23, 2018

    Hiii. This came out great. My question is, my bathtub was painted and the paint is now chipping. What can I use to take that off without messing up the bathtub underneath the paint?

    • Kelly Patterson
      on Dec 1, 2018

      You have to sand it 1st with a rough grade and then with a smooth grade. You can re-apoxy it your self there is even a spay apoxy on the market I like the rustoleum brand.

  • Dallas
    on Jun 22, 2020

    How did you get the soap dish off the wall

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  • Elisabeth Mackey
    on Jul 18, 2018

    Wonderful! Can't wait to see phase 2!! Well done!

  • The problem with leaky, moldy old showers is they attract termites! We had a similar tile in our shower in the home we recently bought. We weren't planning on riping it out until we took off the baseboard for new floors and there they were, termites! So we ended up gutting the room and now it's beautiful! Good thing the termite company that did the inspection also noted they were above the shower in attic and missed, so they paid for the treatment!

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