Asked on Jan 6, 2019

How do I spruce up a cinderblock lined shower?

WilliamKelli L. MilliganPeggy Burnette


My downstairs shower has walls of cinderblocks. What can I do to make it look better? Can tile be put over cinder blocks?

4 answers
  • Cindy
    on Jan 6, 2019

    Hi Bernie. From what I read on line, yes you can put tile on the cinder blocks.

  • Peggy Burnette
    on Jan 6, 2019

    He Bernie, here are some ways to spruce up your cinder block shower. Hope this is helpful. Good luck with your project. (1) Repaint: I have seen painted cement block showers that look pretty nice, but I haven't been able to find the right kind of paint to use at home depot. They tell me they don't know what to use. Should I use a tinted masonary sealer? Would that work for the floor as well?

    (2) Tile: Tile seems like a good solution. Can it be applied directly to the cement block and cement floor, or should I use a backer board?

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Jan 6, 2019

    Yes you can! Go for it, have fun.

  • William
    on Jan 6, 2019

    Not directly over the block. The block walls need to smooth with a layer of latex modified thinset, waterproofed then you can tile. You can also thinset and screw cement board to the block.

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