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Hello hometalker, I've recently put in a walk in safety tub for my mom ( with ALOT of demo I might add) here's my ?

I want it to look modern but her walls are not in best of shape I want to avoid putting up all new drywall , and really want to avoid ceramic tile , has anyone ever tried peel and stick wallpaper ? She would use the shower occasionally but yes would still shower . The look is outstanding but I'm nervous it would come down OR what about peel and stick tiles . I would love to hear ideas

Although I might add this really needs to be cost effective and I truly hate cutting ceramic


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  • With moisture issues in a bathroom, I would want to avoid possible mold infestation. Paying for mold remediation is far more expensive than the original project. If the room has adequate ventilation, a window to open, exhaust fan, I would try a small area first to see how it performs.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 16, 2021

    Waterproof your self-stick tile by adding grout and caulk to the joints before sealing the entire surface.

  • Janice Janice on Jan 16, 2021

    Hi Tammy, you could apply peel and stick self-adhesive wallpaper, then apply a clear marine paint to make it more water resistant. This cold last quie a long time if you do the marine paint well and apply a couple of coats. You could do the same with the peel and stick tiles., since you don't want to do the ceramic tiles.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jan 16, 2021

    You really need to have the walls covered with waterproof backing board and ceramic tile. Anything else will cause mold and mildew.

  • William William on Jan 16, 2021

    They do make waterproof peel and stick wallpaper that is vinyl or PVC. Home Depot, Lowes, or Amazon.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jan 17, 2021

    Hi Tammy, peel and stick tiles or wallpaper are not really suitable for a shower. The glue will deteriorate over time with all the water and it will come down. Can you patch the walls and paint them instead?

  • Maria Maria on Jan 17, 2021

    I saw on this site black paint over white wall using a Stencil as pattern. It was used for a kitchen backsplash.

  • Maria Maria on Jan 17, 2021

    Sorry I missed the walls are in bad shape.

    you’d better get walls taken Care of to prevent mold damage.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 17, 2021

    Hello Tammy,

    Use Plexiglass or Specialist Wall board for Showers.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 17, 2021

    You can buy a shower surround resin kit, that goes up on the wall, and gives a nice new shiny white finish and easy to clean.... its glued on, and then caulked around seams. I like mine.... goes up 7: and has a towel bar and bottle holder build-in..... https://www.homedepot.com/p/Aquatic-Acrylx-Applied-Acrylic-30-in-x-60-in-x-55-4-in-3-Piece-Direct-to-Stud-Alcove-Shower-Surround-in-White-AX6030FWS1-WH/300836798?MERCH=REC-_-searchViewed-_-NA-_-300836798-_-N can be cut around windows and also comes shorter for tubs

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 18, 2021

    You can purchase tileboard that is water safe. It comes in 4x8 sheets and similar to paneling but looks like tile. I used to have it around my shower and replaced with tile a few years ago. It lasted from 1987 - 2010 before it began to show signs of wear.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jan 18, 2021

    Related to tile board are Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic panels. 100% waterproof, can be scrubbed aggressively and are stocked in gray, almond & white. If doing any cutting, one must wear full PPE for the fiberglass.


    There are thinner cheaper plastic wall panels that can be cut with strong shears, but they telescope the wall imperfections.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 18, 2021

    I would go to a camper supply store and purchase the bathroom tileboard and use that. It is waterproof, which you need and will cover the walls that need repair. Or I would tile it with ceramic tiles. I would use subway tiles as they are the easiest to work with.

  • I wouldn't do peel and stick wallpaper in the shower. It should be fine in the rest of the bathroom just not where water will come in contact with it.

  • Annie Annie on Jan 20, 2021

    Shower walls need to be sealed... I might try a Good mould resistant bathroom paint. Several coats and make sure all corners have good caulking. The biggest thing with getting the area wet, is you must wipe dry after every use.....

  • Melody Rodriguez Melody Rodriguez on Jan 20, 2021

    I am not an expert so you definitely want to do some research, but in a shower, tub, bathroom, basically areas that are going to have water usage it’s best to install durock. It’s a cement board.

    Also, I have never used the peel and stick tiles but wallpaper in a shower...possibly, personally it just sounds like a bad idea.

    Again I am not an expert these are only my thoughts and opinions.

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 03, 2021

    Hi Tammy, here are a few ideas that you may like to try,

    https://igloosurfaces.com/domestic/3-attractive-alternatives-to-tiles-in-the-bathroom/


    You could also do, weathered barn wood, cedar, or a vinyl peel and stick. To keep the wall dry during the occasional shower, try hanging a tension rod along that side and put a vinyl shower curtain to pull out when you want to shower.