So it’s been really hard for me to figure what I should write about since moving because, upon arrival, there are a lot of wants and not so much moolah to go around. So today I thought that I would walk you thru how I made a new overhead shower for only 162 pounds!
The house that we bought has an old roll-top bath, which is great for a night soak in the tub and a glass of sparkling wine, but not so good for a post morning workout holy hell need to get to the office washing. We were planning on getting a walk-in standing shower sooner rather than later, but we needed something in the meantime, so, I ordered and installed an above shower curtain ring.
As you can see from this photo, our ceiling slopes downwards. We live in a 1850s Victorian terrace and nothing about our house is level. Nice people like to call it quaint but I think it’s just wonky. It’s a bit of a nightmare to put something like a flat shower curtain bracket onto a crooked, sloped ceiling. This is when I called our handyperson who ended up bleeding during the installation! He assured me that he was fine. Needless to say, I was glad that he did it and not me.
This is the list of ingredients needed for the project:
- NeverRust Aluminum Hoop Shower Curtain Rod for Claw Foot Tubs (35.85 + 11.95 shipping) I ordered this from Amazon and the shipping was expensive because it came from the US. All the other ones I found were silver and more expensive
- Two patterned shower curtains from H&M (35.98 total for both)
- Two packs of shower curtain rings from H&M (7.98 for both)
- Labour for a local handyman to help put up the shower ring (our ceiling is sloped and our house is old and wonky and so we decided to get someone more experienced to do the installation) (60.00)
- Hem tape (2.29)
- Slider Bracket for Showerheads from our local plumbing store (7.95)
So the total for our new shower was 162.00 pounds
In order to make sure that the shower curtains didn’t touch the bottom, we just cut them and applied hem tape. If I had a sewing machine, I think that would have done a better job. I’m now longing for a sewing machine.
After the shower was up and we could shower normally, we had a local house design tradesperson come in and give us a quote for fitting in a new walk in shower and the quote was about 5000 pounds and two weeks of work as they have to level the floor, re-lay waste pipes, tile, buy the shower unit and taps, etc..
Because we managed to get the shower nozzle to actually attach to the shower ring so that neither me nor my husband have to hold the nozzle while showering, my husband declared that our old shower was now good enough. We were fortunate that the roll tub came with a shower nozzle already.
Here is the finished project. Assuming that the new shower would indeed cost 5000 pounds, I am here to tell you that we managed to save 4838 pounds on this project. It is stretching it, but I think it looks great and works just fine. What do you think?