We gutted our bathroom last year and were incorrectly told by a
contractor that we could tile over the green drywall for our tub surround. Lucky
we found out this was a bad idea BEFORE we tiled. Instead we put up
Barker tile (http://www.barker.ca ). Now, a year later, I HATE the stuff. I
tiled a small sink backsplash yesterday and it looks SUPER and I'd like
to do the same tile for our tub surround. Here's the problem, ripping
out all the drywall in the bathroom and redoing the entire thing again
with cement backer board is NOT an option. I have 2 ideas and I'd like to
know if either will work. If they are both bad ideas, then we'll suck it
up and suffer with the Barker tile until we can redo the bathroom again.
My ideas are:
1. rip off the Barker tile and cut out the drywall in the tub surround
area (basically chop out a 5 foot high section around the tub). Then
replace the chopped out sections with cement backer board (or whatever
surface is suitable for tiling). Main problem with this is, not sure how I'll
connect the cement board to the drywall around the edges.
2. tile over the Barker tile. Now I hadn't even thought this an option
until I read yesterday that you could tile over a laminated countertop.
This got me thinking that maybe I can just tile right over that Barker
tile which is waterproof so would provide a waterproof surface for the
tile. Problem is, this stuff is shiny so maybe the tiles will just slide
right off? If I scuff it up, I'll most likely remove the waterproof
coating and defeat the purpose of tiling right over. My other thought was,
maybe the tiles will be too heavy and eventually pull the Barker tile right
off the wall?
Any opinions on either of these crazy idea would be great. Other options
are also welcome.
Tape and mud. And/or tile over the joint.
BTW, no reason you couldn't have tiled over the greenboard. Cement
board is better (no rot) but...
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