Last Friday was bulk trash and you should all know by now that my life revolves around bulk trash day. Oh how I miss the last town we lived in where you could put bulk out once a week and have as many trash cans as you wanted. In my current town you can only put out one trash can a week and everything else has to be collected at the once a week bulk trash pick-up. Bummer for a DIYer like myself. Anyway… I have been hating on the shower doors in the guest bathroom and master bathroom for pretty much ever. They’re the ugly plexiglass and shiny metal sliders where all that dirty water gets stuck in the tracks and is such a pain to clean. Yea those. So with hubby being away last week, while I was home on spring break with the kids, all heck broke loose. Not really, but Thursday morning while still in my PJs, and as Smart Jr cooked waffles (not toasted, but used the waffle iron) for her brother and sister I decided to pull out the shower doors. Yup.Here’s what it looked like before. The first thing I did was score the caulk with a utility knife (a sharp blade is your best friend!) all the way around both sides.I was too impatient to get the doors free from the track, so I just started whacking at the top piece with a hammer. First I hammered in toward the shower, which was dumb, so then I stood inside the shower and hammer at each corner again. This time pushing the top piece and both doors out into the bathroom. I carried it outside as one unit, then slipped the doors off and took all 3 pieces to the curb. Then I unscrewed the side pieces from the tile wall. The side pieces came out quickly and I brought them to the curb too. The bottom piece was not screwed on, it was glued. I used a chisel to pry underneath it and was able to hammer it off. Feel free to wear better foot wear if you attempt this project. Underneath the bottom track looked like this.I started working on this area first and then worked on the walls. Ultimately I removed the caulk where the tile meets the shower basin too, because it was looking old and yucky. But I will re-caulk this area, of course. And this is what it looked like after breakfast.Now if only I could decide on a shower curtain!!!
Updates on the guest bathroom can be found here:
Guest Bathroom 2 – Removing the Original Sink and Vanity
Guest Bathroom 4 – Plumbing, Design Choices and More Demo