bod Convert Closet Into Shower Stall

Convert Closet Into Shower Stall

Convert Closet into Shower Stall

The downstairs bathroom which was positioned between two rooms, a bedroom and the diningroom  offered little space having doors on both sides of the room. The toilet set next to the small tub. By removing the tub we gave this bathrrom more space. We also expanded this bathroom by using the neighboring closet converting it into a shower stall. We had to relocate one door to include a small hallway which also made the bathroom much larger.

Remodeling Downstairs Bathroom

Bathroom Remodeling #2

We relocated the sink from this corner (above photo) to the other side of the room (photo on right) since we were expanding the bathroom. I kept the colors soft and muted since it is a small bathroom plus I wanted an old look and feel to the room. This bathroom is oddly situated between a bedroom and the diningroom so it has door on both ends allowing passage through. There was not a good place to put a toilet paper hanger so I placed this shelf here to store the goods.
I chose the fountain sink style for two reasons. One, because it gave us more leg room since the toilet is nearby. We were not able to relocate the toilet so had to modify our original plans. Two, the fountain style adds to the old fashioned look I was striving for in keeping with the overall old feel of the whole house.  The place where the sink now stands used to be a small tub and shower. There was so little space to even dry yourself with a towel so we were always bumping our elbows or knocking things over.

Replacing a Rotted Bathroom Floor

The down stairs bathroom had a leaky tub that rotted out the floors and joists. We did not know the source of the leak until we started tearing out the floor. Over time we could feel the floor getting soggy and spongy like underneath the linoleum flooring. I had fears of sitting down on the toilet and the whole thing falling through the floor. We removed the entire bathroom floor, put in all new floor joists, sub floor and tiled it with ceramic tile. The floor is now much stronger with more support than it had orginally.


When we applied for a refinance on the mortgage the bank insisted on a home inspection done by Terminex. Terminex discovered the water damage on the underside of this bathroom. Their estimate to replace the rotted wood and floor was over $4,000 and that would not include the remodeling of new tiles as we wanted to do nor expanding the bathroom by adding a shower stall.  We decided against Terminex's offer because we felt it was a waste of money. We could better use our money to repair the damage and completely remodel the bathroom for less than their small job of replacing only the floor. This entire bathroom was done for around $3,000. That is the biggest benefit of Do-it-Yourself home projects. Your money will go much further.  I also think that it is a racket how the banks team up with places such as Terminex to give them the business and making their offer contingent upon getting aproved for a loan. Needless to say we did not get the refinance because we did the work ourselves. But we were quite proud of the work we did ourselves.


Before After

The old bathroom had fake tile and rotted floors. I forgot to take a picture before we actually started on the project. Here we were in the middle of ripping out the soggy wet floor. My boys were good for demolition purposes when they were not on their cell phones texting their girlfriends. My husband rerouted the plumbing to the new location of the sink.
After all new floor joists, sub floor and real tiles this bathroom was dressed up. The floor is even stronger than it was originally before the rot set in. I wish I had chosen the same style and type of tiles for the flooring as I did on the walls. Solid colors shows the dirt more. Also the small square tiles used here are thinner. It would have been better to use the thicker tiles on the floor. I had fun setting the tiles at an angle for a different look.
Repair Tub Leak Replace Floor Joists
As we opened up the floor we saw the water damage and found the cause of the leak. The tub drain had come apart underneath. We had to cut out all the rotted water damaged wood. We installed new floor joists with extra support. The Toilet drain is on the right. You see the heat/AC vent on the left.
Using Spacers for Tiles
I used plastic spacers to help me line up my tiles straight and keep the grout space even. Tiling is not a difficult process. I actually enjoyed doing it.
Cat on Back Cat in Bathroom
My cat enjoyed the tiling process as well. He kept getting on my back when he saw me on my knees. The newly tiled bathroom became a favorite spot for the cat to hang out.

In expanding this small bathroom I extended the bathroom floor out into the small hall. See the door on the left picture I unhinged it and moved it back closer to the dining room making that small space of hall now part of the expanded bathroom.

Tiling Bathroom

Since this bathroom was situated between a bedroom and the dining room I tiled the center first. Once the tiles were set I grouted the spaces. Then I could work from the doorway to finish tiling the sides. I decided to set the wall tiles on an angle just for a new and interesting look. Tiling goes much faster with larger tiles. I plan each piece and make the cut before cementing them in place.


Glass Tile Design
I found these green glass tiles at Lowes on the clearance rack to give a finished chair rail edge to my wall. The subdued green color has the old look I was looking for. Only problem was I did not calculate how many I needed for the whole project so I wound up traveling to three different Lowes to get the remaining tiles. The nice thing about that was that the tiles were cheaper at each store. One of those stores was out of state. I would however reccommend that if you buy at Lowes be sure to purchase all you need for the entire project because you might not be able to get anymore of the same type. They typically only sell closed out tiles meaning they will only have a limited supply of them. That is why it is best to go to an actual tile store that specializes in tiling where they are more likely to have an ample supply to complete your project.

Expanding a Small Bathroom

By Converting a Closet into a Shower Stall

Our home remodeling project of moving the kitchen to a new location made a closet space that had previously served as a pantry now available as a shower stall. The closet was on the other side of the bathroom wall. We closed up the door space and opened up the opposite side of the closet making it accessible to the bathroom.


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Closing up what was once a kitchen pantry closet.
This shower stall used to be a pantry closet.

My son enjoyed destroying the wall on the opposite side. Guys love to smash and destroy things. We saved the wood to be reused. The old house was not made from cheap pine 2 x 4's as is done today but it was made from hardwood 2 x 4's. We used the old hardwood from on the opposite side of the closet to build the in-the-wall shower shelf.  The previous door entryway became a solid wall with some sheet rock and lots of puttying after the joints were papered. After several layers of mudding and sanding and then painting you could not tell that there ever was a door in that corner. We also added baseboard across the bottom to blend in with the baseboard of the new office/den. The old kitchen had become the home office space.


Building Shower Shelf Building Shower Shelf
I had to glue the parts of the shelf a section at a time. Clamps are very helpful to hold the wood securely in place while the glue dried.
Longer clamps were used at this stage. Being made of a hardwood it was difficult to use screws or nails. So I basically used wood and glue to form the shelf.
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My husband securing the wall studs. I framed the built in shower shelf out of the old wood we took out of the opposite wall.
Waterproof Wall Board Building a Shower Stall
We lined the shower box with cement board that is supposed to be waterproof but a friend of mine who had previously redone her bathroom informed me that the board was not water proof. She recommended the Kerdi Shower System. The Kerdi Shower system has a waterproof membrane which is the orange stuff you see here. We mudded the waterproof membrane on the corners, around the water fixtures, and lined the shelf first before doing the walls.
Building a Shower Stall
Using the Kerdi Shower System made installing the drain and sloping floor so much easier because the base is already sloped. You just cut it to fit the size of the shower box.  We left a small access opening for connecting the water system before beginning the tile process. I am thankful that my husband knows how to do all the plumbing work. It is important to connect all the plumbing securely before beginning any tiling. You need to make sure everything will work as expected before doing all that work.



Building a Shower Stall Building a Shower Stall
 Here my husband is applying the waterproof membrane to the entire surface of the shower. This membrane is waterproof and mold proof. The seams are overlapped by 3" - 6"
We started with the floor and worked our way up the walls. I did most of the planning and cutting of tiles. My husband assisted me because sometimes it required more hands when placing the tiles. We tiled all the way up to the ceiling and also tiled the ceiling for a finished look.
Building a Shower Stall Building a Shower Stall
The Kerdi System comes with a shower curb made of foam which we tiled around. We opted to have the bronze trimwork in all the corners of the shower stall because it gives it a clean neat look. I really liked the white grout we bought from the tile store rather than any grout we got from Lowes. The new shower stall is behind the door on the right. The bathroom is on the other side of the shower wall. You can see the toilet. Now the half bath had become a full bath.
Cutting Tile Cutting Tile
Cutting tile is a very messy job so I did all the cutting outside. I wear safety googles and gloves. Water is needed to keep the tile wet or it will get hot which is another reason to do all tile cutting outside for easy access to the water hose.


Tile Mosaic
After two bathrooms and lots of tile cutting I gained confidence in cutting tile. I decided to use the left over pieces from both the upstairs bathroom and downstairs bathroom to create this mosiac as a decorative touch above my custom built in shower shelf. I was trying to create the design of a magnolia flower which is common in the south. The leaves are cut in half so I could cut the veins.


Built-in-wall shower shelf Convert Closet to Shower
 Here is my customized built in shower shelf. I repeated the chair rail design that I used in the adjoining bathroom. The small tile on the back of the shelf is the same tile that I used on the floor of the shower.
 The finished shower is big enough for two people. Having the built in shelf meant more elbow space because you are not bumping into a protruding shelf.  I used the previous electrical lighting to have a water tight light installed in the shower that I ordered special.





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