How do I tile a cabinet's side for wall mounted tub filler?
In my remodel, I am planning to put in a 5' alcove tub
along a 6.5' wall. I am going to put an 18" cabinet to
finish off the length of the wall. I will orient the new
tub and plumbing 180 degrees from its current location.
The cabinet will hold the plumbing and a shelf for
storage. There will be a cabinet door to access this area.
It will be painted to match the other new cabinetry in
the room. I have already purchased the new wall
mounted faucet with hand sprayer.
I currently have this cabinet setup and really like it, so
I am going to repeat it in the remodel. The current
cabinet is painted wood and has the wall mounted faucet
coming out of the wood side of the cabinet. It has faired well
over these 50 or so years since it was built.
Current old tub setup:
Now I want to replicate the same setup but I don't want
the wood facing the tub, instead I would like to tile
this side of the new construction wood cabinet.
How is this done? Does the cabinet get built, but leaving the
side that will hold the wall mounted fixture open? Could this
side instead get faced with cement board? Then apply
something like kerdie or hydroban before tiling? The cabinet
will be painted.
I am concerned that if I use plywood and kerdie or hydroban
that the natural tendency of the wood to shrink/swell will
crack up the thin-set, making an unstable installation.
Your input would be greatly appreciated.