The clear shower curtain is thrown over the wrap-around shower rod to keep it out of the way for the best light in this photo showing my overhead shower head that comes out of the ceiling.
Here's another shot with the show curtain pushed all the way open.
I bought this amazing WORKFORCE caulking gun from the Home Depot. The manager of the Paint Department suggested this one when I told him I wanted the best one they sell and he gave me a demo. He also told me to cut the smallest hole from the caulk tube tip. I should have twisted the barrel around so you could see the name. It's very light weight and was the most expensive one they had @$9.97. I love it. It has a ratchet rod---see photo below with the space bar. It clicks when you squeeze the trigger. When you are working, the hook is turned up so the notches on the rod are facing down. When you want to quit and rest the hook is turned down and the notches are up. Here's how I remember it -- Down Time, want to take a break, turn hook DOWN. Break over. Get UP and go back to work. Turn hook UP. For some reason, this item is getting bad reviews on the HD website but I absolutely love it. If you want to caulk like a girl, buy this one. Smile.
I always make a huge mess when I work. Especially when embarking on a project I've never done before. I have a huge collection of tools picked up at garage sales so I can usually find the best tool for the job. I had to purchase a new caulking gun and a tube of silicone sealer. I had a caulking gun I got this summer from Ace Hardware but I ended up hating it the first time I used it. It was free with a coupon so I can't really complain.
Secret weapons to use when caulking. I watched this YouTube Video of an English contractor using a popsicle stick or paddle pop. Skip over to 230 so you won't have to watch him eat it. This tip really works. I got the best thin bead using the popsicle stick but it was too thin and didn't adequately cover both the tile and the tub. So I reapplied and used this bigger stick that I found in my craft supplies. Pictured is a 6" ruler. You can probably buy these sticks at Michael's. I have several and I'm guarding them carefully.
I love my honed marble subway tiles with the black diamond border. You can't see it because of the mess on the floor but there's a large black diamond in the middle of my floor. I'm so happy to be finished with this job. xo
This is the silicone sealant I used. Soap and water cleanup. Will last for at least 20 years and by then, I won't care.