Operation: New Master Shower [PART 1: DEMOLITION]

We moved into our home back in 2010 when my husband and I were just dating, and while I thought it was a very nice place, it just isn’t my dream home. Everything is very beige, builder grade, beige, generic and beige. Super BLAH. Anywho we’ve made tons of changes, and apparently what I liked when I was 20 is NOTHING like what I like at 26, so HUGE changes to come.

Change number one: Master Bathroom. My. Goodness. There is so much wrong with it. Let me start with the fact that it was (not so) thoughtfully decorated with wallpaper, which I was able to rip out in one day with a bit of hot water and fabric softener. Then there’s the beige floor tiles, and the builder grade cabinets, with the beige countertop, and beige toilet, beige tub… lastly, the beige shower. Luckily for me, the tiles in the shower started falling apart forcing us to fix the problem. (INSERT HAPPIEST FACE EVER)

Which is when Operation: New Master Shower came into effect. One day, I took a hammer to the wall and said enough was enough. (Then asked my father in law if I could borrow his crowbar and sledgehammer)

Tools

In doing research I found a LOT of great info on how to build the shower… not so much on the demo process, so here are a few pointers I used in the demolition stage.

The first thing you MUST do is cover up that shower hole. The last thing you want is to get it clogged with debris and have a bigger problem on your hands. In my case, I used duct tape, but people also remove the drain and simply put newspaper or a rag in there to keep anything from falling in. (Update! I took the duct tape off, and stuck a rag in there. Once the dirt started piling up, the tape started peeling. Tape was better in theory.)

  1. Don’t just go bashing the whole shower with a sledge hammer; you will exhaust yourself before the work has actually begun. First few hits to the wall are pretty alleviating and exhilarating, but you don’t want to be doing that for an hour, or more (trust me). PLUS, picking up the mess is horrible. Definitely not my favorite part of Demo, so If I could make a smaller mess, I was all for it.
  2. Invest in a box cutter. I used the box cutter to cut the edge where the wall and ceiling meet, so that when I pulled up all of the drywall, I wouldn’t damage the ceiling drywall since that was in perfect shape and didn’t need to be touched.
  3. Builders use rounded tile caps to finish off the edges of the tiled areas. I used the hammer and crowbar to take apart all of the tiles around the edges, which exposed the SheetRock they put the tiles on. Use the crowbar to pry the sheetrock from the drywall. The entire slab should come off in one (Or two) fell swoop with plenty of persuasion. And you will have saved yourself hours (Which you could use to >shower< and binge watch all of the Episodes you’re behind on Game of Thrones)
  4. Before you go on to binge on some GOT, you have to remove the drywall. This was the easy(ish) part. I removed the screws with the drill and it came right off. Since my walls had water damage, some of the nails were rusty and crusty and were able to be removed with the back part of the hammer.
  5. The floors. Oh the floors. Originally, I planned on keeping the floors and tiling right over them, but my husband decided he wanted to have a hand in the demo process (Now) and started smashing the existing tile floor. (Thanks boo.) We also took off all of the cement to get down to the floor drain that needed replacing.IMG_5636
  6. Put your outdoor garbage bin in your bathroom to make clean up bearable. (You’ll thank me for this). Also, Use a shovel to pick up the debris. We didn’t have one on hand and ended up using the dustpan and it worked just fine (Until I cracked it and then went out and got a shovel anyway).Woops. I took out a total of three bins, luckily we have a dumpster within walking distance. IMG_5548

That green patch sitting there is the drywall that had a substantial amount of water damage, and it smells as bad as it looks y’all I’m not kidding.

All in all, the demo process was not that bad. One day’s work. Unless you’re a nursing momma like me with a 4 year old and severe ADD, then it’s a three day process. (Shows Halo) I totally believe you are more than capable of doing it yourself. No contractor needed.

 

Do you have any Demo plans, or extra tips that could be potentially helpful? I want to hear about them!

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