as you can see the tiles in my shower look plain ugly.
1) Rip off existing tiles . This will mean breaking the gyprock and bring in complexity.
2)Tile over existing tiles. This reduces the shower space by few millimeters. I plan to use the following process
A) Use a primer like gripset-betta-1l-super-primer
B) Use a waterproofing membrane like gripset-betta-under-tile-membrane and put 2 coats.
C) Put an adhesive and put some decent tiles.
There is a third plan (Non-Tiling)
3) Use a wet panel like wall-art-2400-x-1200-x-3mm-white-marble-wet-area-wall-shower-panel_p0095593 . While easiest, wife prefers the darker shades of tiles. Any arguments fail over her preference.
Need some guidance what I should be doing.
Have you also considered painting the tiles? Check out these projects where members have had great success painting their bathroom tiles:
Our resident D.I.Y. expert @EricL will be happy to help further when he's back on the site on Friday. Let me tag @tom_builds and @Joe3333 who may be able to offer suggestions to kick off this discussion.
As we've seen with your laundry renovation, I'm sure you're going to do a fantastic job whatever you decide and we look forward to seeing your progress along the way.
In my experience I have stripped back a bath room's worth of tiles and it was neither a fun nor an easy job. However the tiles were set into a thick mortar on top of brick. I imagine tiles over gyprock would be a bit easier to remove, and while re-gyprocking adds another layer to the job it would be achievable if you are looking to keep the same dimensions inside the shower.
One concern I would have for tiling over the top of your current tiles is whether the plumbing fixtures will end up too far recessed and therefore unable to be removed/fixed if need be. Otherwise that seems like the quicker, more straightforward option of your options if the wet panel isn't a legitimate choice.
As @StevieB mentioned, painting over your existing tiles is an option, and I have actually recently painted over the tiles in my own bathroom to a pretty good effect. I wouldn't go as far as to say that it is a substitute for retailing, but if you follow the directions carefully - especially regarding preparation - you can achieve a pretty impressive transformation for a fraction of the cost and effort.
Let us know which route you choose to go down and keep us updated with progress pics, good luck 😃
Thanks. I’ll take the painting option with wife. She’s the final deciding factor 😀
Thanks @tom_builds. This is a very big concern, I mean the plumbing fixtures should fit back properly after tiling. This is why we should consult pro like @StevieB and you while still in design phase.
I’ll do a dry run and check. At this moment I really like @StevieB idea of painting. That will result in least hassle. I’ll wait till stay at home restrictions are lifted.
It's great that you've received fantastic advice from @StevieB and @tom_builds. I'm throwing my recommendation towards removing the tiles and replastering the bathroom. I suggest removing the tiles including the plasterboard that it is glued onto. This will make for a quick demolition and totally avoid having to repair any plasterboards.
Here are some advantages of removing the tiles with the plasterboard:
We look forward to your decision and seeing the start of your bathroom renovation.