Okay, well I am a GIRL, taking down the cultured marble, installing backerboard, etc is just a little bit too much of a task for me to take on. (I know, I know, I could hire someone, but I don't have the funds at the time so have to stick to the do-it-myself projects.) However, I can not seem to force myself to finish the other upgrades that I have started while thinking about upgrading the look of the surround as this would have to happen prior to the completion of the other projects as it will impact product choices. Did I mention that I now HATE the look of the surround with my new floor, paint, etc?
Isn't there a way to make the cultured marble secure enough to be able to tile directly on top of it? I have heard of it being done by someone who was selling and it worked, but who knows how long it lasted since he wasn't around to find out.