Shower Door No More (in which we detail one unorthodox way we made our house fit our needs)

Since we’ve lived in our house for a few weeks, we’ve found a few things that we could easily do to make the house “fit” the way we live a wee bit better. Bigger changes (like moving walls, etc.) we’ll wait to make sure we are absolutely sure we do in fact want to make the change.

Here’s how our master bathroom looked when we moved it.

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One functional change we made was removing the too-short shower bar and replacing it with two hooks:

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The day after we installed the hooks, my parents and grandparents came over to see the house and help us out with a few things. So we tapped into my Grandpa’s expertise and he and Kenny took the plunge and removed the shower door.

Though the shower door was functional, it wasn’t our favorite feature about the bathroom. It opened towards the wall (the hinges were on the toilet side of the room), so we kind of had to shimmy around the sink cabinet to get into the shower. And then when we opened the door after showering, water would drip off the door and leave a wet puddle on our bathmat.

So they removed the door (the easy part) and began unscrewing the track from the fiberglass surround.

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Apparently it was quite the battle, but I missed most of it because I was working on another project downstairs. But they prevailed, and we were left with this:

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Kenny used a putty knife to get most of the old caulk off (we didn’t want to use something sharper, like a utility knife, for fear we’d scratch the shower itself) and then he filled in the screw holes with some silicone caulk.

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I then took a magic eraser to the remaining caulk line, and it looks even better than the picture above. Eventually I’ll look into some paint or screw hole covers that will better camouflage the leftover holes, but for now they don’t bother us.

We then got a shower rod, shower curtain rings, and an extra long curtain and liner. I debated whether or not to make my own shower curtain or using a twin-sized sheet or something, but we found this curtain from Bed, Bath, and Beyond and just went for it.

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After I hemmed it, Kenny hung it up near the ceiling. We LOVE how it turned out!

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Both the curtain and liner are the traditional 70″ wide, though we have a 54″ “stall-size” shower. We knew we wouldn’t mind the extra fabric and we actually really love how luxurious it looks and feels! And even though it may seem strange to remove a perfectly fine shower door, we’re not really missing it at all. Not having to step into a puddle of water after showering is my favorite part.

We have some other plans for this space, but most are just cosmetic. We feel so blessed at how the previous owners obviously cared for this home and that we don’t have to focus on major upgrades right away!

Anyone else doing any quick and easy upgrades? We love making our space fit our needs better.

7 Comments

  • So excited that you posted this! We’re buying a house that has a bathtub with a *lovely* sliding door on a track. I want to remove it ASAP! Looks nice.

  • Hi! Stumbled on this when I was Googling trying to find good examples. I’m trying to convince my husband to do this, since I can’t STAND our nasty glass doors that we inherited from the other owners… Does the liner keep the water in pretty well? We have a very similar set-up to yours so just curious if over time you’ve had to do any maintenance on the drywall near the shower or anything. Thanks!!

    • Hi, Kate–No, we haven’t had any problems with this so far. One note: We filled the holes left from the door screws with clear silicone (waterproof) caulk, but they are still visible. I keep meaning to head to an RV/camper supply store to check to see if they have any screw cover things to make the holes less noticeable, but it hasn’t happened yet. Something to consider!

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