Drilling into freshly laid tile is a little bit scary, even for seasoned DIYers like us. In fact, last year after we finished the girls’ bathroom, we thought we’d bypass the whole project and just put a tension shower rod up and call it good. Fast forward and every two weeks since finishing, we were dealing with a rod that would come crashing down! Eventually we decided, a shower curtain is always going to live there–might as well make it permanent. Here’s how we did it!
1. Find the right height.
We had purchased this extra long shower curtain from Restoration Hardware, so the first thing we did was hold the curtain up to mark an appropriate height. Since it’s a bathroom, we opted to hang it about 3″ from the ground.
2. Mark and drill the holes.
Drilling through tile is a bit tricky. Chris uses a hammer drill with a masonry bit. Some have said they would worry that the hammer action is too aggressive, but Chris promises he has found the opposite to be true. The drill does most of the work so you end up pushing on the drill with a lot less force. Do what you feel comfortable with, but I’ve never had a tile chip on me when using a hammer drill to make holes (and I’ve done it a lot).
3. Measure the space and cut the rod.
If you have a standard 60in tub, your rod will likely be a bit too long. Measure the space, mark the bar and cut it using a metal-cutting blade on a miter saw or angle grinder.
4. Mount the end supports and hang the bar.
Mount one end support first, slip the bar into that side, slide the other bracket onto the opposite end, then raise the bar into place and mount the second support.
This was one of those tasks that was hanging over us, and only took about 30 minutes to execute once we got the rod in! And now it’s not going anywhere which gives us a lot of peace of mind when it comes to our girls bathing in here. Hopefully this gives you some confidence to do something similar in your home!
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And here are all the sources:
Wall Color: Farrow & Ball Calamine
Double Wall Sconce: Schoolhouse Electric
Single Wall Sconce: Schoolhouse Electric
“Mask” by Jennifer Ament: Serena & Lily
Sink Faucet : Delta Faucet
Faucet Handles: Delta Faucet
Towel Bar: Amazon
Shower Head: Delta Faucet
Shower Curtain Rod: Amazon
Towel Ring: Amazon
Toilet Paper Stand: Amazon
Drawer Knobs: Rejuvenation
Tub Spout:Delta Faucet
Shower Valve:Delta Faucet
Cabinet Pulls: Rejuvenation
Toothbrush Holder: Pottery Barn
First Aid Box: McGee & Co
Bath Towels: Target
Basket: McGee & Co
Hand Towel: McGee & Co
Subway Tile: Wayfair
Floor Tile: Cle Tile
Linen Closet: Pottery Barn
Soap: McGee & Co
Brushes: McGee & Co
Striped Linen Tray: McGee & Co
84″ Shower Curtain: Restoration Hardware
Over-The-Door Hook: The Container Store
Grout: Warm Gray
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