From a steam shower cabinet to a corner bath tub.
This is a pictoral story of the change we made to our bathroom in 2020.
It started in the new year. After a long search we managed to find a warehouse with some small corner baths on sale. The logisitcs had to be worked out well. The shower cabinet had to be removed and a new shower fitted, the bathroom needed to be tiled in the corner and the tiling had to fit in with our son’s availability to do it for us.
There were many problems along the way. Neither of us are as fit and strong as we used to be and everything took longer than we expected, but we started to see progress. Until it was finished, we had to wash in the sink – we even washed each others hair!
With the tiling done, and a ledge for the bath to sit on, the bath was in position. I had the task of levelling and tightening the legs under the tub, and fastening brackets in place to fix it to the wall. Our grandson helped with the grouting.
Because the tub came from a clearance sale, there was no bath surround panel for it. We were given one, but it was for a larger bath. SO some mathematical measuring and cutting were needed to get it in shape, although we knew the curve would be a challenge to fit. But we did it! Getting the shower curtain rail up was another challenge. One of the things we had not anticipated was that the tiles we had put on were extremely tough to drill into. In fact, we bought a special drill bit – and that only managed to do one side of the holes we needed for the curtain rail!
We found some good shower curtains in our local B&Q before they closed down, with colours to match existing decor. I was pleased when we could at last have a shower!
All this was in the first months of 2020, Just before the COVID_19 lockdown. The old shower cabinet is still (in pieces) in our spare little bedroom. It will stay there until – who knows when!
Here’s a poem I wrote about the project.
so tired tonight
day five of renovations
and aching limbs
really need a shower
must go to bed
perhaps another forty hours or so
the bathroom will be done.
The bathroom tiles we bought from Wickes
are not just tiles, nor any type of tile or bricks
that we have ever known
impervious to any threat
no hammer drill can drill them. Yet –
with muscled limb and diamond tip
he battles on, determined.
And gradually a little chip of hope.
But it may still be a rallied call
to get the curtain rail up at all
The ceiling tiles are so much softer
Than the tiles on the wall
I hope it holds there
At least until I’ve washed my hair.
Our mental maths is not like bygone days
when minds were sharp and sums were easy
now we measure more than twice
and ponder longer, cut it longer
just in case we got it wrong again.
I want the tools back in the box
and the box go to the junk yard in the sky
and next time there’s a chance for home improvement
We can remember this latest DIY:
the cost, the measuring, the cutting and the stress,
and be glad the tools have gone,
and be content without the aching muscles and the mess.