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Old 10-29-2018, 09:54 AM   #1
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Hi there,

I want to possibly tackle a bathroom remodel mostly on my own, if possible. I may be getting in over my head as I donít have prior experience doing work in a bathroom so I wanted to ask a few questions before I take this further.

Hereís a current picture of the bathroom.

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What I have in mind is something along the lines of the following, as I like the wainscoting look:

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For what itís worth, my current walls are plaster, not sheetrock. Leaving flooring aside for now, Iíve visualized removing the blue tile and replacing it with wainscoting. What Iím having trouble with is that the blue tile continues into the shower and covers the threshold entering the shower. I donít know how I would transition the wainscoting on the shower tile.

I envision replacing all the tiles in the shower with new tile, but am still unsure as to how this would transition to the wainscoting.

There may be A LOT more that I need to consider, but I would be grateful for any thoughts/comments.

Thank you in advance for your help!
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I don't know anything about bath room remodeling but you could have a cement type plaster as a backing for the tile than from there up it would be gypsum plaster if the house was constructed in the late 1970's it would most likely be cement plaster. A lot of hard work to remove the cement plaster.
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I don't know anything about bath room remodeling but you could have a cement type plaster as a backing for the tile than from there up it would be gypsum plaster if the house was constructed in the late 1970's it would most likely be cement plaster. A lot of hard work to remove the cement plaster.
House built in 1941...
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I would go for the shower too.
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1941 house is going to have a cement plaster as the backing for that type tile.
You could remove the tile from the cement than in install the wainscoting over the cement plaster this may save you some labor. To give you an idea of what you are looking at , the finish plane of the upper plaster most likely is on the same plane as the backing behind the Blue tile. So if the upper plaster is 3/4 inches thick than the tile plus the backing is going to be about 1 & 1/4 inches thick.
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1941 house is going to have a cement plaster as the backing for that type tile.
You could remove the tile from the cement than in install the wainscoting over the cement plaster this may save you some labor. To give you an idea of what you are looking at , the finish plane of the upper plaster most likely is on the same plane as the backing behind the Blue tile. So if the upper plaster is 3/4 inches thick than the tile plus the backing is going to be about 1 & 1/4 inches thick.
What would be the best way to install the wainscotting on the cement? I guess I would just have to glue it on?

For the top section of the wall I would have to remove the wallpaper and hope that I'm left with a smooth paintable surface...
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I would go for the shower too.
I agree.
I'd knock out that nasty Wall, the Toilet and everything, then start planning all new. The Toilet can be moved, and a nice Shower like Nealtw showed would make the Room look a lot bigger.
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I am in the middle of a 1947 bathroom remodel right now... Here is a post I made of the demo: Link. Ignore the first few basement photos. There is a slideshow showing the "before" and some photos of the demo. An older bathroom will be quite a bit of work because if you are tearing it open, you are probably going to want to replace drainage, water lines, and electrical. Not trying to deter you, just want you to know what you are getting into. It will take a lot of time but definitely worth it in the end.
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I am in the middle of a 1947 bathroom remodel right now... Here is a post I made of the demo: Link. Ignore the first few basement photos. There is a slideshow showing the "before" and some photos of the demo. An older bathroom will be quite a bit of work because if you are tearing it open, you are probably going to want to replace drainage, water lines, and electrical. Not trying to deter you, just want you to know what you are getting into. It will take a lot of time but definitely worth it in the end.
The link is enough to scare the crap out of a new DIYer.
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The link is enough to scare the crap out of a new DIYer.
Haha, that wasn't my intent!!! But yeah, there's a lot to it.
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Haha, that wasn't my intent!!! But yeah, there's a lot to it.
LOL!
Bathroom remodels always take twice as long and cost a lot more than planned.
Best of Luck to the OP.
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