It is not easy for a lot of people to dabble in the field of architecture, particularly in the field of upgrading their home architecture. It is due to this that most of them are highly overwhelmed when it comes to the task of upgrading their home infrastructure. However, even though the task might not be easy, a helping hand about learning to upgrade your home infrastructure can be particularly helpful when it comes to making upgrades on your own terms. It is due to this that we’ve prepared this article to help you with your shower upgrades and become the helping hand.

The Perfect DIY To Upgrade Your Shower

Performing an architectural task yourself is the perfect way to build and upgrade your infrastructure on your own terms. One such area which requires an upgrade between yearly intervals is the shower. In order to help you upgrade your shower as well create an extra storage space, we have curated this article in the simplest manner possible. However, in order to build this, you should be having the skills similar to an advanced builder. The time taken for this DIY project could wind up to a range of 24 – 48 hours. This range of time includes the time required for the mortar and the grout to dry up. As the project is a DIY, there are no significant costs which you will incur apart from the initial costs of purchasing the tools and materials required.

Tools and Materials Required

The requirements for the project are:

1. Stud finder

2. Measuring tape

3. Level

4. Dust Mask

5. Hammer

6. Saw

7. A backerboard measuring 8-foot in length of 2 x 42, 3 x 5 x ¼-inch pieces.

8. A seam tape for the backerboard

9. A box of #8 x 1 ¼ backerboard screws

10. A gallon of RedGard Waterproofing Membrane

11. A paint brush

12. A Splashback 12-inch x 12-inch basket braid dark Emperador mosaic tile

13. MS International Crema Marfil 2-inch x 12-inch rail moulding

14. A china marker

15. A ceramic tile installation kit

16. A bucket

17. Few pairs of grouting gloves

18. 1 quart Bright White Pre-Mixed Tile Adhesive and Grout

19. 1-quart Alabaster Pre-Mixed Tile Adhesive and Grout

20. A grouting sponge

21. A grout and tile sealer

22. A 4-inch tile saw

23. A pair of safety glasses

24. One utility knife

25. A 2-inch putty knife

26. A pencil

The Steps

Step 1 – Before starting this, you must figure out certain essentials such as figuring out the location of the shower nook. To do this, first, use the stud finder and locate the studs situated in the wall. There are two ways to do this; either by using the stud finder directly over the tiles in the shower or from the other sides of the wall. However, do keep in mind to be wary of any form of electrical wiring behind the walls.

Step 2 – Upon finding the stud, use the china marker to mark the areas where you need to cut the tiles. As the china marker is efficient at not staining or discoloring the tiles, you can safely put as many marks as you want to.

Step 3 – After marking the tiles, use the tile saw to cut into the tiles for the grout. The dust mask is greatly helpful in this case. Working slowing is recommended in this case so that you don’t cut off more than what is needed. While cutting, make sure to cut only as deep as the tile exists so that you remove the tile and the backerboard in sections.

Step 4 – After you have removed all the layers of the tile, mortar, and backerboard with the tile saw, you should have an exposed hole in the wall measuring 32 ½ x 42-inch. To make sure that the tile is straight, inspect the cut edges. Also, check for the presence of any electrical wiring.

Step 5 – Using the measuring tape, measure the depth of the studs from the back of the wall to the front. Usually, homes have a 4 inches of depth in this area, but there are homes which have 6 inches of depth. In order for most of the shampoos and soap bottles to fit easily into the shelf, the nook should be at least 4 inches deep.

Step 6 – Measure 32 ½ inches on the 8-foot 2 x 4. In the case that the space between your studs is different, find the closest measurement. This measure serves as cross-member frames for the nook.

Step 7 – Cut the 2 x 4 at a 32 ½-inch measurement and carefully place them at the top and bottom openings. Leave about ¾ inch visible and fasten both top and bottom screws. In the case of a bottom cross-member, you should install it at a slightly downward angle to facilitate the flow of water. This angle shouldn’t be too much downward or the occupants of the shelves will slip off.

Step 8 – Now, measure the inside of the framed-in shower nook on all sides. Use the utility knife and cut the ¼-inch backerboard into 10 pieces to cover the wood frames. Use the backerboard screws to fasten each piece directly into the studs.

Step 9 – Use the seam tape and apply it along with all the edges of the backerboard. Use the grouting gloves and apply the Bright White adhesive with the putty knife. Use liberal amounts over seam tape edges and remove any excess adhesive. Allow them to dry for 8 hours.

Step 10 – After having ensured that they are dry, apply the Waterproofing Membrane using the paintbrush and let it sit for an hour. Repaint to make a completely waterproof surface for the new tiles.

Step 11 – Once the membrane dries, use the 12 x 12 mosaic tile to match up the pattern to fill the space. Having laid the tiles, start on the back wall and secure the tiles to the backerboard surface by using the adhesive and grout. Use the small notched trowel.

Step 12 – Use the 2 x 12 rail molding and frame the nook. Cut the rail molding to adjust the 90-degree corners of the nook. Having installed these, let the tiles set for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.

Step 13 – The adhesive has dried, you can now grout. Use the squeegee and force the grout on all the new tiles. Wipe off excessive grout and let it dry for four to six hours. The grout having dried allows you to use your tile and grout sealer and further protect your nook. Spray generous amounts and spread it evenly on the surface. Apply a second coat for protection after this is done.


Having followed all these steps, you can rest and see your new shower nook come to life. As aforementioned, it is not so hard to perform these steps if you have the basic know-how of working with architecture. Knowing about this also grants certain freedom as you can perform all the upgrades on your own terms and conditions without any interference.

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