1970s bathroom remodel - thoughts?


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Old 10-29-18, 09:12 AM
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1970s bathroom remodel - thoughts?

Hello - great forum here! My wife and I are deciding what to do with our bathroom, in our house built in 1928. The bathroom was remodeled along with the kitchen some time in the 1970s, and the tile is starting to fall off the walls (in large sheets - tile adhesive seems to be failing).

I am a light DIY-er and never done tile, so not sure what I am looking at. We are having a few contractors look as well while I try to self-teach how difficult this will be if I DIY it. Looking for some insight into what I am dealing with.

My biggest concern is that I can't tell if anything was water-sealed behind the tile in the shower/tub stall. The tile and grout in there is failing as well. There is no good airflow in the room - no ventilation and the window does not open. Also wondering the best way to clean up the stains between the tiles on the floor - we'd like to keep the floor as-is since it's in fine shape and original to the house.

All of the walls in the house are still the original plaster, and in pretty good shape. I'd like to avoid tearing everything down to the studs and drywalling/waterproofing the entire room if possible.

I knocked down some tile yesterday to see what was underneath - it looks like some kind of backer board with a subway tile pattern (but the tile on top was square?), and it looks like the plasterboard and lathe ends where the tile begins. I can't tell if they replaced the plaster, where the tile was overlayed, with something else in the 70s when the room was remodeled.

Here's a bunch of pictures. Any info would be appreciated!

Floor with dirt/stains between tiles
https://i.imgur.com/HSZoYJT.jpg

Baseboard - there was lint/fuzzy stuff behind the tile?
https://i.imgur.com/cnXQ1cP.jpg

The wall where I knocked down about 4x3ft worth of tile
https://i.imgur.com/FZGrEVv.jpg

Top of the tiled area, where tile trim met wallpapered plaster
https://i.imgur.com/X0IZRKB.jpg

Zoomed out
https://i.imgur.com/lV7bgm2.jpg

Zoomed further out - you can see the shower tiles are mildewed where I caulked temporarily to prevent water from getting behind failing grout
https://i.imgur.com/RDNEUFv.jpg

Separate shot of the baseboard tile with dark linty stuff
https://i.imgur.com/z8NVKYO.jpg

Zoomed out
https://i.imgur.com/ihguJlW.jpg

Tub needs refinishing
https://i.imgur.com/UBNqgq7.jpg
 
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Old 10-29-18, 09:36 AM
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I'd like to avoid tearing everything down to the studs and drywalling/waterproofing the entire room if possible.
That is a big limiting factor, if you dont get the base done right the results will just repeat.

It looks like everything was installed on the plaster?
 
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Old 10-29-18, 09:50 AM
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The wallpaper is definitely just right on top of the plaster. I'm having a hard time determining what the tile was cemented to - the smooth layer is not plaster. Can't tell if it is overlayed on the plaster, or if the plaster was removed and something else put in its place.

To clarify, we bought the house 2.5 years ago and the owner did not leave any info on the remodel in the 70s.
 
 

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