DIY New Onyx Shower

First let me say I have lived in my home now for about 25 years. I had a problem with my tub/shower combination many years ago and again when my son and his family was visiting this last summer. The soap holder on the tiled wall came off and along with it came several tiles. This also revealed that there was mold behind the tiles. So my wife and I decided to remove the bathtub and turn it into a shower only. This not only involved removing the bathtub (which was steel and I had to cut it in half to remove it) but it also involved removing all of the tile and the drywall behind the tile.

Next we searched Lowe’s and Home Depot for a shower assembly that would support cutting out the wall for a large window. Almost every system we looked at said that we could not cut out for a window. Then we found an Onyx system at Lowe’s. They not only said we could cut out the wall for a window but they also sold the window trim in the color of our choice. First this is a DIY project which I was planning on doing myself as a 72 year old male. Second it was a bit more expensive than what we wanted to spend but we decided to get the Onyx system.

We went home and took measurements and looked at the different colors that Onyx offered. We ended up deciding on their “Carmel” color for the shower base, crown molding, soap and shampoo holder, and for the window trim. We also decided on their “Artic” color for the walls and inside corner trim.

We went back to Lowe’s in Moore and our salesman named Roger helped us. We gave him our color choices and measurements and placed our order. Roger said that it would take three weeks for the order to arrive. We also told Roger the shower door that we wanted which was a Arizona Shower Door. Roger said it would also take about three weeks for the shower door to arrive.

Three weeks later the orders arrived. I had already removed the bathtub, tile, and drywall. I had installed cement board on the upper half of the walls but had to wait to do the lower half until the orders came in for the shower base to arrive. Once I installed the shower base I could then finish the cement board on the lower half of the walls. I also painted a water proof coating on the cement boards. The back wall was pretty heavy and I had to ask my son-in-law to help me to cut and position the back wall. Once I had it mounted I could then cut out for the window. Then I installed the side walls, crown molding, window trim, and the soap and shampoo holder. All of this took another two weeks as I was working mainly on the weekends.

Here are the photos of the process and the final out come with the finished shower first. If I can do it then you can do it.


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