We are changing things up a bit here on our blog. You see, we moved into this great 1970 2 story house back in May. We knew that the major components of the house were almost in their original state and what has been updated is already outdated. We just haven't had the time to address any of it until now. Anyways, we have some time away from projects to fix up and sell (the real estate market is currently a little slow...have you heard that we've been covered in snow for over a month already?) so we thought we'd take advantage of having time to make our own home a little more "hip".
Let's start with the master bathroom. It's tiny and has a LOT of problems.
The biggest offender in this room is the set of shower doors. Aside from the fact that one of them doesn't move, the bottom track collects water in it and it has been collecting crud for 40+ years now. I haven't felt totally clean stepping out of this shower yet!
As evidenced by the picture above, we needed to get this out like yesterday! If you'd like to follow along and learn how we did this, get your tools ready. You'll need:
Once that was done, I used a screwdriver to get all of the screws out of the side frames. This was really easy and only took about 5-10 minutes to remove 6 screws.
Notice the nasty, cruddy screw that I took out? Does that make your stomach churn? That's nothing compared with what I found underneath the bottom frame. Before offering you what could arguably be the most disgusting bathroom picture you've ever laid your eyes on, let me explain how I got the frame off.
First, I had to pull the side frames until they almost came completely off. After pulling on them as much as I could, I used my box cutter to score down the sides until they came loose. Then I had to do the same to the bottom frame, thus revealing my worst bathroom nightmare. Are you ready to see it?
Totally gross, right? This was up there with the worst kid and pet messes that I've had to clean up to date. The worst part was that it made me think about how sick it had possibly been making us. Imagine years worth of mold and dirt (and who knows what else) being pulled into the air we breathe every time the room gets steamy from the shower. My skin is crawling just thinking about it. This couldn't be good for us.
To remove this nastiness, I just used a scraper (that I actually purchased from Meijer, so nothing heavy-duty) and some elbow grease and got down to business scraping everything up. Now, because I knew that I'd be posting pictures of this on the blog, I cleaned the bathroom first, for the before pictures. If you're tackling this just to please yourself, I would save the cleaning for the end. No explanation necessary...
After I got everything scraped away, I used the box cutter to get in all of the grout lines. Once everything was cleared away, I got some heavy-duty cleaning done. I'm admittedly a more "green" person when it comes to cleaning products, but for a job like this, I needed something really strong. This Clorox stuff definitely does the trick. If you use it, make sure the space is well ventilated and you won't be in there for a long time after you're done. Even though it was around 0 degrees outside, I still opened the window while I was using this. I also cleaned early enough in the afternoon so that any fumes were gone by the time we called it a night.
One more step that I should mention is filling the holes in the tiles (or wall) from where the screws came out. I just filled them with some caulk and smoothed off the end with my finger. I'm not including any pictures, because it's such a simple and self-explanatory step that I didn't think it would matter. Hope you don't mind!
Although this isn't the best photo, you can see a world of a difference between this and the same "before" picture when you scroll up. What a difference! Now, all there was to do is put up the shower curtain rod and curtain and we were all set. Because I was doing this myself, and I don't have a tripod for my camera, I couldn't get pictures of this process. It's too bad though, because I think you would've have a great time laughing as the rod fell on me and seeing how I almost fell off of my step-ladder several times. I guess that's what you get when you put the liner and curtain on first, before installing the rod...yeah, genius, I know!
Ta-da! Here's the final result. Sorry about the bad lighting, but I got the curtain up pretty late at night and wanted to get the pictures before I forgot about it. The bathroom lighting is an issue though, and will hopefully be addressed in a future post.
We have used this shower several times now and it's so. much. better. The curtain doesn't block the light, water doesn't get on the bathroom floor, and best of all, it's crud-free! I can't believe that it took me this long to do it! What do you think? Do you have nasty (or even just outdated) shower doors that you've been thinking about getting rid of? This was my first time, and it was surprisingly easy.
*in case anyone is wondering, I got the monogrammed shower curtain from Ballard Designs in 2008 for about $20 (which they no longer carry) and the shower curtain rod is Threshold from Target in brushed nickel also for about $20