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cyancat 01-30-2008 09:26 PM

Can you help a newbie renovate the bathroom shower?
Hello all.

I am a newbie to the renovating world, well in the area that I want to tackle at least, the bathroom. And I need some knowledgeable help. I am just going to throw it all out there because I don't know what you might be wanting to see.

I have gotten sick of what my bathroom shower looks like and have decided to fix it up. Years ago my father put in the 'new' shower and never did anything after installing it. Now I've had it with seeing all the spiders up in the corners.
Here is what one corner of the shower looks like and the other is...

There are some screws on each side of the plastic shower edges which I figure I can just zap in a bit tighter so they don't stick out.

But what I want to do with this is put some kind of tile up there. I saw some glass colored tiles at Menards lately
like this:
that I liked, on a string mesh so that you can cut it accordingly. I thought something like that would be nice to put up there.

What is your opinion on doing that above the shower? Should I be putting down something like another layer of wood before the tile, well evidently on the right side since there are big gaping holes there, but all over as well? And is there anything I should do about the top edge of the shower as well, since it has a small ledge at the top?

Another picture for effect:

ToolGuy 01-30-2008 10:08 PM

Hi Cyancat, and welcom to the forums.

I wouldn't put the tiles directly on the wood. Better to put drywall or backer board first, and apply the tile to that.

inspectorD 01-31-2008 05:52 AM

What he said.
Go for the drywall, the plywood could be used with a mastic glue but....the removal someday will be very hard.
Plus the drywall does a better finish on the other wall, and joint compound is cheap to fix those tie in areas.
Put on some tunes and good luck with your fun little project.:D

glennjanie 01-31-2008 11:22 AM

Welcome Cyancat:
I agree that you need drywall, I would use the MR board (moisture resistant, has a green paper on it) to cover the whole area. I would even replace the ceiling with MR board because it looks like styrofoam tile up there now and it will yellow over the years and is very delicate. The drywall should overlap the flange on the tub and be caulked to the tub with silicone for a water proof seal. That's a nice project for the time of year, being inside, dry and warm.

cyancat 01-31-2008 04:49 PM

Thank you all for the quick responses.

I appreciate all the help that you can give!

As you all have stated, looks like I will have to be getting some silicone caulk and MR drywall the next time that I go to Menards.
THank you so much.

If you have any ideas or tips on doing the tiling after I put up the drywall, I'd love to hear them. :)

glennjanie 02-01-2008 12:34 PM

Hello Cyancat:
Using the small glass tiles you talked about before should make it a little easier. The 4 X 4 tiles require some fancy cuts that would be a real challenge. You may still find a rental, tabletop tile cutter to be handy.

inspectorD 02-01-2008 04:35 PM

Free tips...
You can always check out your library for free books on any subject...even tiling.
They will give you the basic knowledge, we can help with any questions.:D
I try to get folks to use the library often, lots of pictures with the books.:)

handyguys 02-21-2008 08:40 PM

I think tile would look funny in that area. Just the green board and paint is all I would do.

If you DO tile then you will want tile backer board, NOT drywall.

rando 05-22-2008 11:46 AM

If one puts green board up around a shower, how do you finish the edges of the sheetrock? I am assuming the sheetrock goes over the surround? Or does it go behind? If behind, how do you cover the edges of the surround?

That's a job I have to face soon.


Harry 05-22-2008 12:35 PM

Why on earth would anyone want a gypsum based product anywhere near moisture? I'm not trying to be rude ... just make a point. Greenboard is no better than regular drywall .... it isn't water-resistant. It will most definately break down over time sooner or later depending on vapor.

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