It’s been quite a while since I last wrote on here. These last few months have been a total whirlwind. Having Adeline, then going back to work 3 months later, and now having time off to enjoy the summer. It has been crazy. But she’s taking a nap right now so 🙌. Let’s talk about that bathtub.
We DID get the bathtub finished. A few people asked me about it over the last few weeks and I realized I left you all hanging thinking we’ve had no bathtub for like 3/4 of a year 😂.
Finishing Up the Bathroom R
After Bryan notched out the studs, the tub slid in. It was a tight fit, but it worked. We then put up the surround and used construction adhesive to glue it into place against the studs.
Here’s a picture of the tub in place with the surrounds up… complete with that awful flooring that we’ve since replaced.
In case you’ve forgotten, here is the old tub 🙈
Next, we had to drywall around the tub to make it look like it was always there. You can see in this picture right below the shower head, the tub has these little edges all around it. So we covered that with drywall and then spackled (ps. is SPACKLED not a word?? It’s coming up underlined 🤯) so the tub is flush with the drywall. We also added some crown molding.
Filling in the gaps
So the next step was to calk those gaps between the tub surround and the bathtub. We used this stuff 👇 although I don’t know that I’d recommend it.
We had to put up a plastic cover because it took like 72 hours to dry and we obviously needed to shower. My first attempt at calking completely failed because I DIDN’T put up the plastic sheet and
Bryan did all of the plumbing and that was a mess too. The drain kit that you buy from Home Depot was a complete bust… It was a standard kit and this was a standard tub and it wasn’t even close to being long enough. We read the review after the fact, and people were not happy with it. Bryan ended up using some of the parts from the drain kit and switching out a few pieces to make it work. Always an adventure!
We would have been really smart to buy a house like 5 min from a hardware store instead of 25 with all the trips we take. 🤦🏼♀️
So here is our new tub… it’s definitely nothing special, and it was the cheapest possible way to re-model our bathroom… but it will get the job done. The only thing I don’t like about this tub is the finish. It gets dirty super easily so I have to clean it a lot and it takes a lot of elbow grease to get clean.
Leave me a comment if you know of any good bathroom cleaner or gloss for tubs like this. I’m at a loss for how to make it easier to clean! The best thing I’ve found so far is actually Dr. Bronners soap and a good scrubber!
We also did the flooring and the vanity for dirt cheap so I’ll try to update during another nap😆 on some tips for doing that!
Thats all for now!! Thanks for checking back in!
🌿 Trudy 🌿