I know we kind of pretended like the Master Bathroom was done with our most recent update. But then, like any good 50-year old home, tiles started popping off in the shower one day. Just like that. So the shower was shut down for about… oh… two months until I got around to fixing these tiles. My first step? Finish removing any additional un-sticky tiles. Aka, if I could use my finger or gentle pressure to pop a tile away from the wall, it happened. So I did that. And then that’s where the project stalled out. (Sorry, no uglypictures of this step.)
Then Mom came in and saved the day. AGAIN. She found the motivation to get in there and grind out some of the grout from the surrounding tiles, using a grout removal attachment for her Dremel. Once that happened, she re-used the old tiles that were carefully preserved and stuck them back onto the wall using some leftover mastic from the kitchen backsplash. Once that dried out for a few days, she grouted the area, making sure to smoosh the grout in there nice and tight. Then she (and Dad) left us to continue on their travels and the bathroom sat in its partially-finished state for another week. (This is after everything was re-grouted…)
Then I finally found some motivation and cleaned the shower out. Using a mixture of about 3/4 cup of baking soda and 1/3 cup of bleach, I scrubbed to my heart’s content. (GUYS. Captain safety here: keep the area super-ventilated, wear a mask, gloves, and clothes that are okay to get bleach on them. Oh. And I took lots of clean air breaks, too.)
AND THEN? I got to use the sealer. This will help keep the grout lines from staining/ molding/ getting nasty. Hopefully. (Mom picked it up for us at Home Depot.) I did two applications of it, and it went on pretty quickly and easily, thanks to the applicator tip.
And then to round it all out, I installed a brand new showerhead that is super fancy that I got while I was at Haven. This is a new Waterpik showerhead that is kind of like a spaceship with a whole lot of awesome mixed in. Really. The side pieces adjust forwards, backwards, inside, outside, and it’s basically like a shower-Popple. Replacing a showerhead is the easiest thing to do ever in the history of ever. You unscrew the old one from the spout-y thing that sticks out of the wall, and screw on the new one. That’s basically all. And then you hang out in your newly-transformed spa.(Don’t worry… the cord will straighten out and relax in a few days.)
And next week? The sink faucet and I face off in an epic battle. Don’t worry. There will be finished pics of the spaces soon. Until then, you’ll just have to struggle along with these not-so-glam ones. Kthanksbye.