Asked on Jul 6, 2019

How can I make over this ugly shower?

Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CACheryl WilliamsenRobyn Garner


I bought a house from two people who should never set foot in a hardware store let alone install a shower by themselves. The stall has an actual pan but the walls seem to be made from a resin fiberglass coated plywood? I have no idea what it is. There is a brand name of Riverside on the back, but I can’t find out anything the company or what this board is actually for.It is an U G L Y shower and I need to see what it is I am working with before I attempt to make it nicer to look at. Plus...the moron screwed in the board to the studs along with using an adhesive so it’s not what I would consider water tight...AND they use what looks to be metal corner strips to “finish” it. Can anyone help me make this water tight and slightly less ugly looking?Thanks!

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WTF did they edge this with????

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Screws covered in silicone. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

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What a beautiful access door. 🤦🏻‍♀️

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Too lazy to center the knob and shower head.

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Srsly WTF?!?

10 answers
  • LK
    on Jul 7, 2019

    I wonder if you could use that “as seen on TV and “waterproof spray where the guy sprays the hole in the bottom of the boat and it makes the boat watertight? They sell it at Home Depot and I think it comes in black and white. If the stall is dirty maybe there would be a way of applying the spray to make it watertight.

  • Grace Gleason
    on Jul 7, 2019

    That is simply unbelievable. This looks like one of those times when you have to bite the bullet and tear it all out. I wouldn't trust his water lines or anything he did. Good luck.

  • Pamela
    on Jul 7, 2019

    Unfortunately, I wouldn't trust any work this person did !!!! It is even hard to give them credit for trying... It really looks like they didn't care 😕

    I would rip it all out and check for any water damage ! Your home home is a

    Huge investment , you really need to make sure it is done right...I am surprised that they were able to get A

    CO to sell the house . Good luck !!!

  • Happy Days Hometalker
    on Jul 7, 2019

    Agreed, would not attempt to fix it myself, get a professional due to possible mold issues.

  • Sally Temple Ward
    on Jul 7, 2019

    I would start over. And maybe use a tub suround I suggest a 5 piece unit. I did this to my shower to replace old tile that I had regrouted twice and started leaking again. Paint above the shower and I used some plastic trim boards to finish the top edge. Now I love my shower again.

  • Lindy
    on Jul 7, 2019

    I am hoping, for your sake, that the rest of the house is so unbelievably perfect that this shower area was the only thing wrong so you bought it anyway....

    Unless you have plumbing knowledge, and are able to determine and repair the water damage you may be facing when you remove this monstrosity, then I would say hire someone to do the work. This reminds me of work I've seen in lakeside cabin rentals back in the '60's.

  • Robyn Garner
    on Jul 7, 2019

    I, unfortunately agree with the others that say tear it out. If you do not and there are issues in the future (almost certain!), your homeowner's insurance will not cover it as the work was not done properly. Given the potential losses and damages, take it out!

  • Cheryl Williamsen
    on Jul 7, 2019

    Having had toxic mold in my house, due to a previous owner, please do not try to cover this up with a new finish.

    Yes, demo it carefully, wearing a P100 mask, gloves & lots of ventilation. I expect it will be like opening “Pandora’s Box” and “carefully” is because of the chance of breaking something you want to use again.

    Mold must not only be killed, but also removed. The dead spores can make one ill forever.

    Therefore, ventilate to outside & build a plastic drop cloth enclosure around the bathroom door.

    If your exhaust fan doesn’t pull 80 CFM or more, then buy a 110 CFM and install it now, for the demo. It’s much cheaper than being treated for mold poisoning, based on my being treated for it: $95 for a new fan vs. $3,000 in hospitalization & 3 months of treatment.

    When you’re ready to re-build it, then use treated lumber for the sole plate. If you use drywall underlayment then it must be the water-resistant type, which will have a distinctive color- green, blue or purple, based on the brand.

    If you’ve room to reframe it to accommodate a pre-made shower stall kit, then that doesn’t require “green board”, behind it.

    Flashing at the bottom is essential & a Kit has that already addressed.

    Any areas not covered by the kit, can be nicely finished with a plastic shower panel that can be cut with heavy duty shears, mastic’d on and has matching trim pieces. (I’ll post a picture, after I look it up).

    That thin easily-cut plastic panel telescopes every imperfection in the green board.

    If that’s a problem for you, then I would use FRP board (but that must be cut outside) or lay up wall tile over tile backer board & waterproof membrane.

    Regarding the access panel to the faucet, I’d get rid of it, once you’ve fixed the plumbing issues.

    Just so you know, this should have been red-flagged by your Whole House Inspector, unless the house was sold As-Is.

  • Cheryl Williamsen
    on Jul 7, 2019

    This isn’t exactly what I was looking for, but once you’re in that department, you’ll see the water proof panels and look for the matching trim.

  • Inexperienced Harry Homeowner project at its finest. My vote, gut it and start over. You will be spending too much to to "fix" - might as well get a shower that is properly constructed. Cross your fingers when you rip out the walls. If you find mold it would not surprise me in the least.

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