What is the best way to waterproof a shower? I am not sure, but I am sharing the one I chose and how I installed a shampoo niche.
What I knew is that I needed to waterproof a tile shower and I was terrified.
I can’t believe I just said those words out loud to you.
I mean, I have done it before, but I was really nervous this time!
I had two things to do: choose a waterproofing method and cut a niche into the wall.
I said it, cut part of the wall out.
And I was absolutely terrified.
You know why? Because I didn’t want to get either one of them wrong.
I suffer from ‘Fear of Failure’ sometimes.
Do you suffer from that, too?
I am usually pretty good about just throwing caution to the wind and ask “what is the worst that could happen?”
In this case? I could have water leakage or worse….mold.
There are so many different methods of waterproofing that I didn’t know what I wanted to do. So I went with the one I used on my last shower which is pretty much guaranteed to work.
It is harder than painting on a waterproofing seal, but totally right for me.
Because sometimes I like to do things the hard way.
I ordered this kit and saved a lot of money by ordering it all together. This ensures no water will seep behind the tile and create mold.
And I hate mold…EW, David.
More on that in Part Three!
With the kit I chose, I also ordered a prefabricated shower niche for shampoo made by the same company.
In hindsight I probably should have done this one instead because I have a teenage daughter and she comes with a lot of “shower stuff”.
To install it was actually very easy.
I placed the front of the niche towards the wall and traced around it.
Then I took my Dremel Mulit-Tool and cut the cement board along the lines of the traced niche. I was careful not to cut too deep and hit any possible water or electric lines hidden behind the wall.
Once the board was removed I saw that there was a stud right where my niche needed to go in the center of the wall. That was awesome. So I took my reciprocating saw and cut that portion out. (I knew that the framing was only for the drywall to attach to, so I wasn’t worried about cutting one little piece of stud out.)
I had to build out a couple of the studs with scrap 2×4 pieces so that my niche could have something to screw into. Then I added the niche and screwed it into place.
It was easy and I surprised myself. I actually surprise myself all the time.
When is the last time you surprised YOURSELF??
Check out how I actually waterproofed it in Part Three coming soon. It was
a mess and challenging fun!
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