On Monday I finally decided that I had enough of going in to the basement to take showers, so I decided to finish the shower issue in the upstairs bathroom. When we moved in there was no shower curtain or door and the shower head was terrible. Unfortunately, there aren’t many before pictures.
The debate with the bathroom was whether to put in sliding glass doors on the shower to to put in a fixed curtain rod. The choice that we made was a double curved bar fixed curtain rod. The cool thing about these is that you can hang your towels on the outside of the shower within reach (and once it was installed I realized that it also makes the shower feel WAY bigger).
So the issues with the shower curtain install. During the install, I quickly came to realize that my stud finder is about as useful without batteries as it is with. Three out of the four screws that supposedly were going in to a stud went in to nothing but drywall, and the fourth got stripped. Two bolts on the rod hangers also stripped, which was fantastic. I ended up having to cut the head off of the screw that went in to the stud and moving the rod hangers a few inches in. Because all four screws would be going in to drywall I also had to run to Menards (which is a very frequent trip) and get drywall anchors. It’s important to use drywall anchors because unless you’re screwing through drywall into a stud, chances are whatever you’re hanging is going to come crashing down.
Along with the shower curtain we also needed to install a new shower head. I thought that the shower head would be a quick, easy install, but of course it wasn’t. The shower arm had a sphere on the end of it that couldn’t be removed, so the whole shower arm had to be replaced. Replacing the shower arm should have also been easy, but it wasn’t. When it was all said and done the shower arm came out, the new one went in, and we now have TWO functioning showers in the house!
Even though I didn’t install these myself, I wanted to finish this post with a picture of the tub faucet and handles because I really liked the ones that were already here!
Next up in the bathroom is updating the vanity, whether it’s a completely new vanity or if it’s sanding and re-varnishing the existing vanity. I will make sure to take before and after pictures of whatever we decide!