I need some advice for installing and finishing drywall around a 4 pc tub/surround. The unit is a Sterling Accord, if that makes any difference. I am trying to do this if possible without disturbing the ceiling joint as the ceiling is textured. The walls are smooth, which I can do! Every one of these units I have ever seen locally, appears to be mudded over the flange right up to the finished surface of the tub, with no obvious caulk line. I have cut out the drywall to about 9" from the ceiling to leave me some room to feather my repair without getting into the corner. It is a 60" unit and the 40y/o framing was roughed varying from 60-1/4 and 60-1/2 so some shimming was necessary. I am concerned about 2 things - the obvious tilt in the walls over the ends of the tub when I taper it out 1/4" in about 15-18" and,and two, the suitable method for finishing to the tub surround. When I was at the plumbing supply, on the showroom side, I saw a similar unit where they had run baseboard up and around it instead of mudding it in, and it actually looked kind of nice. What are your opinions on that alternative? If I used wood, and not mdf, and sealed the back before installation, and caulked well, it should work if I just butted the drywall to the flange and let the trim do the overhanging. Opinions please, but go easy on me!
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drywall finishing around acrylic tub/shower