DIY Shower Door Removal

Hello My Lovelies!

Today’s post is a little DIY. Do It Yourself Shower Door Removal. I wanted to take out the shower doors in the master bathroom at my house. I’m not a huge fan of shower doors..especially old ones that have seen better days. A few reasons..they are very hard to keep clean, they cause moisture to hang around, they are loud and annoying.

What You Need

Materials
Caulk remover (I used Motsenbockers Lift Off gel)
Curtain rod
Shower curtain (a liner at minimum, plus outer decorative curtain if you like)
Shower curtain hooks
Silicone caulk

Tools
Utility knife
Screw driver
Plastic scraper or an old credit card
Caulk gun

How to Do It Yourself

You might want to enlist the help of someone. I attempted to do this project on my own but you can’t hold doors and lift stuff at the same time..so I called my partner in crime. Mom took one look at me awkwardly standing in the shower balancing the doors, laughed, and then said Let’s do this.

Step 1 • Remove the shower doors from the track.
Mine lifted up and out from a top track. The doors can be heavy, so get help on this part if you need it.

Step 2 • Remove all screws from the shower door frame.
My frame had three screws on each side and on in the bottom track. There actually was one small screw in the bottom track that was the reason I was a little hesitant when I saw the screw in the track. I had this moment of fear that their would be a hole in the bathtub, but it turned out to just be a set screw for the guide on the track. So, if that’s holding you back, do a little investigative work to determine whether the screw actually penetrates the tub body.

Step 3 • Carefully cut any caulked joints between the frame and the walls/ tub.
Be sure to hold the knife parallel to the wall and tub, not perpendicular. You don’t want to leave cuts in the wall and tub surfaces, you just want to separate the frame from the wall. Mine was caulked, and re-caulked, and caulked some more. I ended up wedging the screwdriver between the wall and the track and wiggling it until the caulk started coming loose.

Step 4 • Pop off the top track.
Mine was just kind of sitting on top. It wasn’t attached to the rest of the frame at all. A simple double tap with the palm of my hand loosened it and it lifted out easily.

Step 5 • Remove the side frames.
Have your utility knife handy in case you need to cut a little more caulk as you pull the frames from the walls. There will be caulk left behind on the tile – don’t worry about it yet!

Step 6 • Remove the bottom rail from the tub.
Prepare yourself – this is going to yucky! But this moment is also liberating; seeing your tub free of cumbersome metal frames. Think of it as having those annoying braces removed!

Step 7 • Scrape any caulk you can from the tub and the wall tiles.
This is where an old credit card can come in handy! I found it most effective in scraping up the discolored caulking left behind once the door frames were removed. You likely won’t get all of the caulk removed in this step, but that’s okay! Just get as much as you can without damaging any surfaces.

Step 8 • Use caulk remover according to packaging directions on any stubborn spots.
I applied a gel to the strips stuck on the tub, let it sit a few minutes, then scraped again with the plastic card. (As a side note, I skipped this step on the wall tiles, as my tiles are unfortunately painted. So, the caulk peeled right off of my walls, along with strips of paint, revealing pink tiles beneath the paint. Because of this, I left strips of caulk on the walls in some places, as I plan to replace the tile down the road. In the meantime, I will likely peel off the rest of caulk and touch up the tile paint, but this wasn’t done as a part of this project.) Also, our tub surface beneath the old track is pretty rough, but any discoloration came off with this step. There are still a few spots in the surface, but I far prefer them to the constantly dirty old shower door frame!

Step 9 • Fill the screw holes in the walls.
This can be done in a few ways: with special plugs inserted into the holes, or with silicone caulk matching your tile. I opted for caulk, and filled the holes with white silicone caulk. This is where the old credit card comes in handy again. Fill the holes with silicone caulk then remove excess with that credit card! Allow the caulk to set for 8 hours before exposing to moisture. If the holes have plastic anchors in them (mine did), just pull them out with a pair of needle nosed pliers before filling them.

Step 10 • Hang that glorious new rod and curtain!
I love the shower liners from Ollie’s ($3). I found my shower curtain at JCPenney’s a few months ago. Snagged it on sale, had a $10 off coupon, and another in-store 20% off coupon. I usually lay my liner out and place the shower curtain on top of it. It makes putting the shower curtain rings in easier and you’re not wobbling on a tub trying to put them in whilst holding the curtain and liner. I got my shower curtain rings from HomeGoods ($4.99 with coupon).

Then..sit back and look at your masterpiece :)

And that’s how you Do It Yourself! (BTW..the contractor was going to charge me $60 bucks to do that..it took me less than 30mts..)

XoXo!

One Handy Lemon

 

(Images Courtesy of Regina Yunghans)

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Because I’m happy.. #WeekendWrapUp

So I’m happy! Like ridiculously, insanely happy :)

I’ve done a horrible job of blogging lately my dears..I apologize..I shall attempt to catch up :) Top 10 things you missed in Lemon’s life..

1 – I spent the week babysitting my best friend’s dog. He’s in the middle of finishing his last rotate at med school and needed to be able to study. So Heidi the Rottweiler and I spent some quality time together. I’ve been keeping Heidi since she was a puppy. Let me tell you..you haven’t met a Daddy’s girl till you meet her. She loves her daddy..she could care less about me lol :) She’s an angel around me if he’s home and Satan’s spawn when he’s not. Little does she know I film her mischievousness and send it to her daddy! This week she successfully chewed 4 plastic planters to pieces and killed a frog.  While I was hanging out with Heidi, I had some time to crank out some more bangles for the shop! Here’s a preview of some that will be listed soon.

2 – I’ve been working on my tan..and failing miserably. I fell asleep on the float in the pool only to roll off of it into the water..talk about having a sputter moment. Thankfully, I was only in the shallow end :)

3 – CHARLOTTE!! Not the city..the dog :) In case you haven’t figured out yet..I love to dog sit. I’m crazy about dogs..I can’t really stand cats..but I LOVE LOVE LOVE a dog. Charlotte and I went for some adventures this past weekend. She went on her first run with me. She successfully hunted up a dead possum, dead bird, dead squirrel and a dead cat..so apparently her nose is working just fine..

4 – I’ve lost weight..I have been really stressed the last 4 weeks and the scales were letting me know. I’m an emotional eater. I’ll confess..I use food to placate myself in situations I can’t control…which only makes life worse. I hadn’t been able to get my runs in which was only adding to my being stressed out..But! In the last two weeks I’ve dropped 12.5 lbs. It’s amazing what eating properly and getting sleep will do for you :) I’m running again and I can tell you my runs feel better than ever.

5 – It’s blueberry season on our farm. I’ve been picking them and picking them..so many blueberries! Mom and I had fun Sunday afternoon chatting and picking away :)

6 – I spent the 4th of July night doing absolutely nothing and it was fabulous..Charlotte and I hung out at the house and watched Christmas movies on the Hallmark Chanel (THANK YOU HALLMARK!!!). She did not like the fireworks at all. She hid in her crate most of the night or buried her head under my shoulder..it was kind of cute. I made her some popcorn to help ease her distress. It’s one of her favorite foods :) We also made some organic dog/people oatmeal cookies. I substituted applesauce in hers and used Greek yogurt in mine. She loved them!!! She hasn’t been eating the past two weeks..I think the heat overwhelms her. But she ate most of her treats :) I even got her to eat some of her dog food. Made me feel a little bit better that she was eating.

7 – I BOUGHT A HOUSE! For those of you who have been following my journey into home ownership you can sigh a sigh of relief. It’s been such an uphill battle! But I have no doubt in my mind that this is the house I was supposed to buy. The more the owner and I talked at the closing the more it clarified that God had brought me to this house. The Wilson’s lived in this house for 40 years :) I’m proud to call their home my new home. There is a sense of love when you walk into the house. I can feel the years of happiness they spent there. We closed on my house July 3rd at about 7pm. I’m so thankful for a lawyer and seller who were patient enough to turn this girl’s dream into a reality. Buying a house was one of the top five things on my 30 before 30 list :) It’s a huge step for me and one I’m quite proud of. There aren’t too many people in their mid-2o’s who can say they own a house. I spent the weekend ripping up carpet to get to original hardwood floors. I was worried about what shape they would be in but they were in fabulous shape! God is good! All I’m going to have to do is lightly sand them and apply a new top coat :) I started removing the wallpaper in my bathroom so hopefully I’ll wrap that up this week!

It’s so exciting. I finally feel like I have roots..which is a HUGE thing for this nomad girl. I’ve moved 24 times in 26 years. This move will be #25..and hopefully the last for a while. It’s hard for me to relate to people who haven’t traveled a lot or lived in one place their entire lives. I’m starting to make new friends and get involved in the community. So life is good :)

8 – My favorite boy is home…ahhh…he makes my cardiac muscle pump blood through my vascular system really quickly. I’ve missed him! He’s been super busy with school so we haven’t gotten to talk a lot. He popped into Starbucks Sunday night as the girls and I were hanging out after church. Thankfully, he joined us and got to meet two of my dearest friends. It was a little awkward but the girls made it a ton of fun! We talked until Starbucks closed :) Typical for us. He wanted to see my new house so we drove over to have a look. I was a little nervous because I really wanted him to like it. AND HE DID! Made my heart happy to have his approval :)

9 – I started making stuff again :) I’ve been going through a creative lul lately..most likely due to all of the stress…but I’ve started working with wire and I love it. My dear friend has a bangle business and she was kind enough to show me how to make some! I’ve been whipping them up left and right. It feels good to make things. Check them out in my Etsy shop! https://www.etsy.com/shop/LemonRainDrop I’ll be adding some more this week. I also do custom orders! If you have something in mind let me know :) I’d love to make a bangle for you!

10 – I wrestled goats :) We share a back pasture with our neighbor whose donkeys & goats I was watching this week. 3 momma goats gave birth to some little hooligans. One of them made a mad escape Tuesday night and it was quite the comedy watching my other neighbor and myself chase the little rascal down. It took us 40 minutes to catch the little booger but we did :) I will say I was glad he got out..because he ran allllllll the way around the fence and I found a momma goat who had gotten caught. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence and she got her thick skull stuck. Needless to say..the baby goat earned a name..we’re calling him Houdini :)

 

So that’s my life in a nut shell :)

What have all of you been up too? Fill me in!

XoXo!

One Tan Lined Sore Lemon

 

She Said Yes! Now We Have to Find A Dress..Part 2

This weekend was really busy..so hang on while we scoot through Part 2!

About a week ago one of my best friends in the entire world got engaged! WAHOO! It’s really a funny story..she was kind of mad at us because we all knew he had the ring we just played along that he was taking forever. Robert had bought Teri an anchor necklace with a diamond in it and kind of faked her out. (The necklace is symbolic because her dad gave her mom one just like it!) Robert’s plan was to put the necklace on her then be on one knee when she turned around. He had already opened the ring but in the middle of Robert trying to get the clasp to hook Teri turned around and saw the ring. He stuttered and said this wasn’t how this was supposed to go..Teri’s response..and I quote: “Are you freaking serious right now?”. Robert said: “Yes, Will you marry me?” of course she said yes!

So now we have a ring, a venue, a wedding planning book (because we’re both OCD) and a plan. They just have to agree on a date :)

We headed down to Charleston to celebrate Teri’s younger cousin’s 21st Birthday and look at wedding stuff. It was so much fun! I’ve only been to Charleston a few times before and hadn’t really seen a lot of it. The Spoleto festival was going on as well so it was awesome to catch some of that.

We found our hotel, checked in and then headed down King street to meet the crew at Kaminsky’s Bakery. It was soooo good! I haven’t been eating a lot of sweets lately but I treated myself to a chocolate chip cookie sundae :) Yum Yum Yum…

We spent the rest of the afternoon shopping our the boutiques. My sister and her boyfriend met up with us for a little while and then we all went out to dinner at King Street Grille. They had quite an impressive menu! I created my own salad..romaine lettuce, black olives, feta, grilled chicken, roasted red peppers and sunflower seeds with a Dijon dressing. My tummy was very happy!

I enjoyed meeting my sister’s boy. I’ve heard a lot about him but hadn’t had the chance to meet him yet. A shame as they’ve been dating for like 8 months or something now. I was very impressed with him. It’s rare to meet at gentleman these days. He was a good balance to her energetic self. (And a vast improvement over the last boyfriend..but somethings she has to learn on her own…)

After dinner we walked around downtown Charleston. Kara, Teri’s sister, went to school there as well as T’s fiancée. Robert’s a Citadel graduate. So I learned a lot about Charleston!

Sunday morning, we headed to AC’s for breakfast. I must say that I’ve been a “waffles and chicken” hater..but I finally decided you can’t bash what you’ve never tried and ordered it for breakfast. I can honestly say I think it’s my new favorite food.

After breakfast, we headed out to look at some venues for the reception. The wedding is going to be in the chapel at the Citadel and I am in love with it. I’ve never been to the Citadel and Robert gave Teri and I the behind the scenes tour. Teri’s mom and dad got married at the gazebo there too so we decided to shot some engagement photos there. We ran into the bookstore to check out their “swag” and came home with new shirts and decals.

I rode back home with the MOB :) (For you guys reading this that stands for Mother of the Bride) Mrs. Crunk is like my second mom. She’s super crazy, fun! She runs races with me and I just love her to pieces. She adopted me into their family a few years ago when Teri and I were working together. Mrs. C is the best. We had a blast talking wedding stuff and critiquing her future son-in-laws driving on the way back.

I was super-duper exhausted by the time I finally got home :) But it’s exciting! I can’t wait to watch my best marry her boy :) I’ve been a part of their story from the moment they met, through the awkward first date, to holding her hand while he was away for 6 months with the Guard. I can’t wait to walk down the aisle and watch her rock his world when she comes in.

But! First my behind’s got to get back to a regular routine at the gym! Bridesmaid’s have to be tone :)

And now for the big ANNOUNCEMENT!! The sale of my house was approved yesterday! I’m 9 days away from being a home owner and I can’t tell you how excited I am! I’ve been trying not to get excited because I didn’t want to be soo disappointed if anything fell through. BUT NOW I’M EXCITED!! It’s going to be awesome..and scary..and awesome all at the same time. I think my mom is totally ready for me to move out..I’ve kind of taken over half of her guest room with all of my “stuff” for my new house :) She’ll get over it though..

Anyways! Can’t wait to share more with you as I remodel { RJ is going to have a fun summer break! He just doesn’t know it yet :) } and do some DIY projects in the backyard. Ahhh…finally casa de la Katerina :)

Much Xoxo’s!

One Blissfully Happy Bridesmaid to Be

 

 

Thankful Thursday!

Is it Thursday already? I feel like this week is flying and crawling by all at the same time..but’s here’s what I’m thankful for this week!

1 – Bargain Brooks

I’ve been wanting to try a pair of Brooks out..but not at the $125 price tag. This week I found a pair this week at a Rugged Warehouse store for $44 and decided to try them out. SOOOOO COMFY! I’m running in them today for the first time :) I’ll let ya know how it goes.

2 – Mr. Peacock has arrived..and he’s wild!

Our last peacock was eaten by an owl..it’s a crazy story..a grown peacock getting picked up and hauled off by an owl? I wouldn’t even believe it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. But needless to say..the farm finally has a new peacock stud..and he thinks he’s hot stuff. He’s very wild and smart.

3 – New House

My new house-to-be is coming right along! I should be closing on it the last week of the month. I’ve been scouring the internet for remodeling ideas. It’s an older house that needs some TLC and the living room/dining room has an interesting layout. Last night I found exactly what I had been thinking in picture form :) Exciting!

4 – DIY Projects

I’ve been trying to do one new DIY project each week. This week I’m tackling scrap fabric rugs. So easy..all you need is a stack of old t-shirts and a hula hoop. They work up really quickly! I’m thrilled to be using so much of my scrap fabric.

5 – Church!

I’ve been struggling a lot lately with where I am supposed to be plugged in at church. There were several issues at the church I was attending that I did not feel comfortable with. After praying and seeking God, I knew it was time to start looking for a church home. I visited several churches but one just seemed to fit. I’ve been attending there now for about 2 months and I can’t begin to tell you how much I love it. I literally count down until I get to go to church. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about worshiping. They have a huge college and career ministry and I LOVE IT! I’m no longer the awkward single, childless, never married girl in my Sunday school class. There are 15 other girls all walking the same path as me and THEY ROCK! We have monthly Bible study and I wish we had it every week! I love sitting cross legged in Rebecca’s living room digging into the word.

6 – Halfway There!

I’m really thankful that God made people to endure med school! RJ is halfway through with block :) I’m thankful that he’s got 7 tests under his belt this week and only 7 more weeks to go! (Not that I’m counting or anything..) This girl is ready for him to have some free time! Because secretly I really just want to go eat Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice cream with him :)

 

What about you? What are you Thankful for this Thursday?

XoXo!

One Peachy Lemon