This post is about making smooth sliding shower door lemonade out of stitches and ER ridden shower door lemons. The kids’ have a bathroom off of their bedroom that doesn’t get much action. I replaced the toilet in there earlier this year, but other than that it’s a place to stick their dirty laundry since they use our bathroom most of the time.
And another shot from our walk through:
On the Friday before Christmas, sweet Oliver was doing what 3-year-old boys do and magically creating a safety hazard where none had previously existed and he pulled the shower door off its track and onto his big toe. Thankfully he still has a toe, but we did have to spend the evening in the ER entertaining ourselves with his “hand balloon” (a blown up latex glove). He broke his toe, lost a toenail and has a nice row of stitches, which in kid terms means 12 hours of hobbling around in a boot and it’s magically healed.
Long way of saying, I removed the shower door in the kids’ bathroom stat. Turns out the kids’ shower door was all sorts of disgusting. Like send samples to the CDC types of gross. Skip the next image if you’re eating.
If you’ve never removed a shower door, they’re actually super easy. We’ve taken out two in this house (one in our master bathroom) and now this one. First you unscrew the side bars. You’ll probably have to run a razor blade down the side to cut through the caulk.
But I finally got it out and CLEAN! CDC, I swear… we’re good here. You can call off the outbreak unit.
As for REPLACING the shower door… that was uncharted territory. Because this bathroom doesn’t get much use, I didn’t get too carried away with different styles of shower doors… I just headed to Home Depot and picked up what they had. The instructions were pretty good, but here’s the short version if you want to DIY vicariously.
1. Cut the bar that will rest on the bottom edge of the shower stall. This sucks. You need a hack saw with a blade with teensy tinesy teeth (32 per inch) and warning that the sound of a metal blade cutting through metal is a slow torture.
2. To make sure the bottom corners fit your shower properly, you might need to take some tin snips to shape them a bit. Pick a coin, any coin, as a guide.
3. Drill, anchor, and screw in the two side bars.
4. The top bar just rests on top of the side bars (at least for ours that’s the case) and the weight of the shower doors keeps it secure. But… I still had to grit my teeth and saw this to the right length. On a related note, the screams of my children no longer seem so bad!
5. There are two tracks inside the top bar: one parallel to the shower side and the other parallel to the outside. The wheels on the shower door just rest on top of these tracks and slide back and forth. First I set the inside of the shower door onto its tracks and then I followed with the outside shower door. There are three differing holes for the wheels to screw into so you can adjust the height.
6. Once both doors were at the right height and set in their tracks, I screwed in the tracks on the bottom and installed the towel bars.
7. Last step was to caulk around the edge. I used a clear silicon caulk. If you want tips on caulking, I don’t have many, but I elaborated a little more in this post.
Oliver’s been given strict instructions not to PLAY in the shower, but no question these shower doors are prettier, smoother to open and close and… don’t contain ebola. If that’s not a DIY victory, I don’t know what is!
If you’ve already visited the house tour, then this is old news. Sorry to bore you. But if not, TADA… there’s a copy of Eleanor’s favorite page from her (then) favorite book: Harold and the Purple Crayon on the wall in the kids bathroom. (Mine is hand drawn with a Sharpie… if you don’t trust your drawing skills, a projector is a great way to transfer an illustration. Or you can blow it up at Staples, trace the lines with charcoal or pencil, then invert the image onto your surface and create a ‘rubbing’ by going back over your traced line thereby transferring the charcoal/ lead onto the wall.)
The before and afters:
What house projects were you up to this weekend? Anyone with Christmas decorations lingering? Who has Christmas needles inexplicably in their toothbrush after dragging their super dead Christmas tree to the curb?
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