I'm moving into a rental this week and we've done our first walkthrough. We noticed something we didn't notice before; the second bathroom is a tub only (no shower).
The bathroom tile goes up to about 3 1/2 feet high, and from there and beyond it's all pink wallpaper. We were first thinking of putting in a converter that will give us a shower head for the bathroom, but then we realized that this is no good because the wall is covered in wallpaper. Since we can't saturate the wallpaper with water on a daily basis, that's out.
If we owned the house, we'd probably either redo the whole bathroom to have a tub/shower combo, or would rip out the wallpaper and put tile in and then paint the walls. Since we don't own the house, we're really limited in what we can do. Is there any conceivable way of using a tub to shower converter while protecting the wallpaper against damage, at least on a short term basis?
If we removed all of the wallpaper (it's from the 50's/60's and is already peeling pretty well) and painted with a mold and mildew resistant bathroom paint, is it okay if the wall is getting wet above the tile line? Is there something we can get to temporarily cover up the wallpaper without just locking in or trapping water and humidity in between them?
It really sucks to have two bathrooms and only one shower. The dog will definitely get to use the tub but his humans prefer showering.
Thanks for any advice you can give in advance!