When we moved into our house I already despised our tubs. They were almond. It just looked so aged and dirty. I even bought a kit for changing up the color. But I couldn't commit. I feared it would look bad or obvious and figured that there's a lot of people way less picky than I am. So almond they remain. But there were plenty of other gross things to tackle.
First, we cleaned everything with CLR. I knew we had some built up but man, I didn't know how much this stuff would work. Whenever I cleaned the shower before I felt like it was never truly clean. Now I know what I was missing!
So immediately I left a few things that I had originally planned on getting rid of. We did replace this faucet though [grrossss- and we don't even use this shower].
This is what was left after I unscrewed it from the wall. Some screw on and others kind of push on I think- there's universal ones for the screw on kind too. It took me a minute to figure out that my new one didn't fit because that gold piece in there needed to be removed since the original was still in place on the wall.
Hope you can forgive the iphone photos. It was too easy to resist. Next is one of the biggest things that made a difference. The shower handle. This was the guest room. The master was way worse but I must have forgotten to get a photo of it.
This is what you will see inside. You can use a phillips head screwdriver to unscrew it. The handle should just fall off. With our one bathroom this was the case, but this one, not so much. 20 plus years in and it was pretty complacent.
Something really important to remember guys. I am by no means a plumber. But I did watch a lot of youtube videos. Commence professional plumber eye rolling ... now. But please please please don't force it. If you twist it so much or something you can apparently break the pipe that's within the wall. And that's no easy fix. This was not a twist off though, you just had to pull straight. It did take more muscle than I wanted to use since I was nervous about damaging pipes but Oscar didn't have a problem manning up to the job.
As for the showerheads we switched those out too. We bought one for about $12 at Lowes for the guest bathroom. We also picked up a new flange [the round piece of metal against the wall] since the originals were in rough shape.
We took off the original and placed plumber's tape around the threading. I was pleasantly surprised to find the tape supplied by the showerhead manufacturers. I had bought in preparation but didn't need it.
I loved how much more substantial it felt. And here's the master bath one... I'm sorry but I have no idea where I got this. It was before I even owned a home and I found it on sale at Gaiam or something like that. There's a filter inside. Maybe that will help with our hard water!
I hope that helps someone who has an older but not necessarily geriatric bathroom. It's a good way to wake up a room and update it without going crazy.