Preparing Bathroom for Tiling
I'm preparing to put tile on the plaster walls of my bathroom. It looks like there's a lot of options for doing this - can you let me know which option is the easiest and/or best?
When we moved in the walls in the bathroom were literally covered with sheets of particle board that had been painted with deck sealer. .
The other issue is that there is one non-switched light in there, directly over the toilet. I want to add a switch near the door and put the box for the light fixture over the medicine cabinet.
To get started, I removed the painted plywood and underneath it looks like several layers of paint down to the plaster. No mold or water damage which is nice. The walls are flat except for two areas bulging out where it looks like the plaster was removed and drywall was installed over the lath to patch a hole. The plaster's in pretty good shape except for some peeling paint and the drywall-patched holes. The previous owners probably had some issues with the skylight because the ceiling is drywall.
So here's how I'm thinking about going ahead with this...I'd appreciate any input you can provide!!
1. Remove plaster and lath; address electrical/potential plumbing issues; Put green drywall/cement board directly on studs and tile over that.
2. Remove the plaster; leave the lath in place and attach the drywall to that;
3. Leave the plaster except the areas I need to take out for the electrical, drywall right over the plaster after taking out those drywall patches.
Did I mention this bathroom is the location of our only tub? I want to do this right but I'm concerned about the length of time it will take to get this done with a full-time job. Let me know what you think!