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Old 01-04-2017, 08:29 PM   #1
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While removing the old tub surround, I discovered a hidden wall of lovely retro tile. It seems to be in excellent condition. Is it crazy to want to work this tile wall into the remodel? I would love to post pictures, but I guess I'm not allowed.
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I figured out a way to attach the pictures, here are the links:

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After you uncover it all , you may find that there is too many flaws in it to want.

Or you might find that there is not much left, or many other bad points.

First step is to continue uncovering it carefully. To preserve what they (previous remodeler) left behind.

Then you can decide if you want to use it as a FEATURE wall, or cover it back up with whatever you had in mind originally.

Until then I am reticent to say an opinion.


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I've done enough old bath remodels to tell you don't try and re use that old tile. Save a piece for your scrap book and gut all the wall and do it right. Change out any old plumbing while you have the walls open, add necessary framing for wherever you're going to be hanging anything. Update electrical, check floor framing and subfloor for whatever type of new flooring you're planning and make any necessary changes. Install all the new finishes and you'll end up with a very nice bath.
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I'd try to save them if there are enough, as I like vintage tile. Looks like 4 1/2". Cream pink was popular in FL baths in the mid 1960s. The bullnose tiles were thicker on the curved end and they also had these double bullnose tiles. Most of the original tile here was speckled. The original white exterior paint had tiny clear glass chips for a glitter effect. I'm not sure I'd try to use them in that shower though. I'll bet that most of the wood behind that wire lath and plaster is rotten and needs to be replaced. Use a 4" diamond wheel to cut them into sections. I'd cut in the middle of the tiles to keep them for possible cuts. You can cut and grind off the old plaster/thinset, but it's messy and time consuming.
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I don't see anything there that would make me want to save it.
Plus you have to look at resale value.

Agree with Firehawk.
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