In my house growing up, we had a half bathroom. My mother would change the decor every 5 years or so. I remember one time it had wall paper that looked like a forest and another time she painted the walls deep red and used black towels and rugs for accent.
Then I started the floor. I first used an electric sander to remove the dry rotted carpet material from the existing tiles, also I sanded over the other tiles to remove any gloss from the surface. I then used caulking to fill in any large spaces and cracks between the old tiles. I start to lay the tiles from the right side of the bathroom across to the left. I used spray adhesive for each floor tile to guarantee a tight seal. The hardest part of this job was cutting the tiles to fit around the toilet and other piping that runs through this room.
The homeowners found they had to make some compromises to meet their budget for the project. Although they used nontoxic finish products and prioritized durability in aspects such as plumbing and tiling, they passed on other, less affordable features, such as recycled-content tile. Because Larry performed so much of the actual work, he was less prepared for the unknown than a professional may have been. While mixing the mortar for the tiled shower pan, for example, Larry discovered—too late—that the instructions he had didn’t match the included illustrations.
I had to knock down extra studs to get the tub surround into the space. Then I had to build it all back up again to fit the door that I was going to use – a vintage door from the same era as the house. I used a door jamb kit and put it together myself. Then I installed the door and the trim. This one job was a lot of work but it came together beautifully in the end. So happy!
Another common mistake is cheaping out on those items that get the most use. Lifetime warranties that cover leaks and stains have become more common on all but the cheapest faucets. PVD (physical vapor deposition) finishes resisted our best attempts at scratching them, but drain cleaners can stain them slightly. Chrome was also pretty durable in our tests, but can be scratched if you rub it with a heavy-duty scouring pad.