Bath/Shower Stall Restoration

A bath/shower stall.
  • 15-30 hours
  • Advanced
  • 1,000-3,000
What You'll Need
Utility knife
Cordless drill
Channel lock pliers
Tape measure
Safety goggles
1/2 inch cement board
1 1/2 inch graphite screws
Ceramic tile
Shower fixture
Shower door

Restoring a bath shower stall can transform your old and faded stall into the ultimate bathroom paradise. But a restoration of this size requires some planning and patience as it won’t be completed in a day. With the right tools and a good game plan, you can complete this restoration with results that anyone would be proud of.

Step 1 - Remove the Old

It’s a good idea to remove all the material down to the bare studs for a fresh start. In order to speed up the process, use a sawzall to remove the tile and drywall and one shot. Simply use the sawzall to cut along the horizontal grout line halfway up the wall. Make sure you hold the blade at a shallow angle so you don’t damage any plumbing pipes. Then take the hammer and prybar and rip off the wall in large sections. Make sure you wear the proper safety equipment when undertaking any demolition.

Step 2 - Install the Cement Board

Installing cement board prevents mold growth and is a great subsurface for ceramic wall tile making it a critical component in a bath shower stall. Cement board is installed using the same methods and techniques as regular drywall. Install the boards horizontally making sure the seams fall on a stud. You can use either a utility knife or a grinder to cut the cement board. Make sure you install the shower fixture body before covering the plumbing wall. Then use the cordless drill and graphite screws to secure the cement board. Locate the screws about 8 inches on the center to properly secure the board.

Step 3 - Install the Tile

The ceramic tile installation is where a homeowner can really get creative with their design and customize the look of their bathroom. You can use a combination of wall tiles along with accent tiles and chair rails to create virtually any look. Once you’ve determined the layout it’s a good idea to draw it out on the wall. Then, using a wall trowel and glue, begin to install the tile working outward from the center of the wall. Work in small areas to prevent the glue from drying prematurely. When the time comes to make a cut, you can use either a wet saw or tile scorer depending on your preference.

Step 4 - Install the Fixtures

The last step in a bath shower stall renovation is to install the shower fixture and shower door. Use the channel lock pliers and screwdriver to install the faceplate and showerhead. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for a proper installation. To install the shower door you’ll need a cordless drill to install the tracking. Most manufacturers will provide detailed instructions and all the hardware required to complete the installation.