Dress up a Bathtub
Our bathtub needed to be torn out by the builder due to a gouge. The outside face plate was tiled to match the bathtub surround. Due to the location of the faucet I decided that we should have an access panel for any problem with the faucet later on. So...I found wooden mosiac tile that was dark brown to match our espresso cabinets across from the tub. They were easy to install and they are accessible to plumbing. I think they are a new design technique to spruce up the front of a bathtub. For all of you that like the white shiplap you can paint the wood white or whitewash.
Tub was removed and replaced by builder due to defect. Notice the plumbing behind front panel. Prior to this photo the front was all tile, very nice, but not removable for plumbing repairs.
Tub surround had original tile replaced. Faucet was replaced. Sorry, I have no photos while installing wooden tile panels. Wooden tile was purchased from tile store.
We then added the wooden tile squares 12×12" to the front of bathtub, after the builder put on a cheap wood front for us, with one part that unscrews to reveal the plumbing (like a small door). We then attached the wooden tile to the front with adhesive.
Finished look. You can also seal the wood. We found sealer for wood products at home improvement store.
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- Adhesive, wooden interlocking tile panels 12×12", brass screws to open panel. I used a saw to cut panels. (Wooden 12×12 interlocking tile panels came from Floor & Decor. Adhesive was purchased there too. Sealer was purchased at Lowes, I believe.)
Published April 2nd, 2017 6:03 PM
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Barbara Prusinski on Nov 15, 2018
We just had a remodel of our bathroom after a fire. We had a jetted tub installed and tiled all around it. I Never gave it a thought to have an access panel if problems should arise. What a costly mess you must of had.
The problem with tile though, it constantly is discontinued and you would have to have the whole room retailed
again just because they didn’t build an access panel, Maybe I would just retile the tub surround all white to blend with the white tub. I guess we’d figure it out. You certainly gave me something to think about now. Thanks for posting.
You really gave no info about what kind of tile, where to get it, waterproof. It looks nice but where is the info.