One of our bathrooms has a tub, but no shower head. The walls around the tub are tiled about two feet up and the faucet and knobs are set in the tiles, at one end, within 6-12 inches of the top of the tub.
The wall above the tiles is covered with wallpaper, so I am assuming sheetrock behind.
I would like to add a shower head. I would like to NOT replace the tub, and if I can get away with it, I would rather not ruin the tiling around the tub.
That said, here are my questions:
1. What products are available, if any, that I could put on the wall to protect from the shower spray?
2. If there has never been a shower head, can I reasonably expect to have to replace the plumbing controls, to accommodate the shower head plumbing?
3. I have read that tiling may not make the best walls inside a shower. If that is true, would it be better/cheaper/faster to just remove the tub and replace it with a bath/shower combo insert?
Thank you in advance for any guidance I can get.