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How do I tile a cabinet's side for wall mounted tub filler?

Posted by enduring (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 27, 12 at 23:23

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:
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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.


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RE: How do I tile a cabinet's side for wall mounted tub filler?

No one is responding to this post, is that because there is no solution?
Or is my BR picture too ugly:)


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RE: How do I tile a cabinet's side for wall mounted tub filler?

I would treat it as if it were a wide pony wall and frame it in lumber. It would get tiled like any other wall. Then trim it out nicely and put a door on. It will function and look just like a cabinet, but won't be constructed as a separate piece that gets installed, but rather be a site-built cabinet.


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RE: How do I tile a cabinet's side for wall mounted tub filler?

You can put 1/4" cement board over it and tile away.


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RE: How do I tile a cabinet's side for wall mounted tub filler?

Thanks Catbuilder & Billl! I didn't think it could be too hard. Now I think I can start making tile designs for the spot. My carpenter that I have a bid from said he would build it in place. But I haven't talked to him about my wish to put tile on the surface of one side. I like the idea of facing it with cement board.

Question:
1. I want this area to shed water so which would be best for a DYI, hydroban or kerdie? I will be either using hydroban or kerdie on the tile surround on my alcove so would like to use the same on this cabinet.


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RE: How do I tile a cabinet's side for wall mounted tub filler?

hydroban is basically idiot-proof. Paint on. Let dry. Repeat.


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RE: How do I tile a cabinet's side for wall mounted tub filler?

Oh Billl, I think you've spotted and idiot :) I like it!


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