Re-doing A Shower Surround - Kitchen & Bath Remodeling - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Remodeling > Kitchen & Bath Remodeling


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-14-2010, 11:11 PM   #1
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Idyllwild, CA
Posts: 5
Rewards Points: 10

shower surround

Greetings all:

I am a bit perplexed as to how to properly deal with the edge of this shower. As you can see from the photo (, the lip along the edge of the surround basically extends as far as the wall does before going horizontal (just above and behind the shower head). The provious owner had simply applied some drywall compound, then taped the corner and painted over that joint. The humidity of the shower makes a mess of it in no time. Does anyone have an idea as to how to appropriately deal with this edge and make it last?

Thanks so much.



belizeanbus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2010, 08:16 AM   #2
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Idyllwild, CA
Posts: 5
Rewards Points: 10

Re-doing a shower surround

2 threads on same issue merged


belizeanbus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2010, 11:17 AM   #3
General Contractor
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 85
Rewards Points: 75

I can't quite understand what you have written in your post, but I think I am looking at a shelf or ledge behind the shower head. If that's the problem, you might want to tile it or replace/cover it with a piece of vinyl board.
RDG Read Development LLC
Portland, OR
Rory Read is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2010, 12:38 PM   #4
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Idyllwild, CA
Posts: 5
Rewards Points: 10

To clarify, my question is more about how to properly cover the lip or flange that surrounds the shower (for nailing to the studs). Ordinarily, you would have a flat wall there, and simply drywall right over the flange, I would assume. In this case, where the flange ends, an inch or so above the surround, there's a 90 degree angle for that shelf.

Previous owners had simply put drywall tape around that corner and covered it with mud. But that doesn't stand up to the moisture.

I was thinking of cutting a narrow strip of water proof drywall and gluing or nailing it to that flange, then taping the corner where it meets that shelf and finishing it off with mud and then paint. Does this sound right? Is there any other special water proofing material that might be employed here?

belizeanbus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2010, 09:21 PM   #5
DIY staff

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 25,728
Rewards Points: 2,174

The simplest nice looking fix---'cap' the top of the wall with a piece of 1x6 white vinyl exterior trim board.(Azek)

Tuck a bit of trim made of the same material between the top of the surround and the bottom of your new white cap--Caulk(white polyseamseal) Done

oh'mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2010, 09:58 PM   #6
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,045
Rewards Points: 1,910

Get rid of the edge. Continue the wall up to the ceiling so there's no horizontal corner.
jogr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2010, 01:25 AM   #7
Nostco's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 26
Rewards Points: 25

Honestly, what you're asking for I cannot in good conscience advise.

The above poster's idea is worthy of a nod, but I know what he's thinking and it's the same thing I'm need to redo that shower and do it properly. If you absolutely have to keep the shower as is either go vertical with cement board and tile, or tile at least all the way up to the ceiling ( don't know what the backer is...guessing regular drywall or lathe and plaster?).

Having a sill like that is ok, but involves having proper backer, membrane, maybe even pvc liner, proper slope, tile, etc. to ensure no water penetration/stagnation.
Nostco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2010, 04:28 PM   #8
Registered User
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 11,292
Rewards Points: 4,650

Is that a T&G wood ceiling above the shower?

Be safe, Gary
If any ads are present below my answer or words underlined/colored, I do not condone/support/use the product or services listed/linked to, they are there without my consent.
17,000 dryer fires a year, when did you last clean the inside of the dryer near motor or the exhaust ducting?
Gary in WA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2010, 05:26 PM   #9
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000

If you intend to keep it like it is I'd use cement board & then seal & tile it all, walls included.
Seal - redguard, ditra or ??
For the shelf I'd search for 1 solid piece of material to use
Angled to drain to the front
Also make sure you have a good fan to get rid of the humidity & use it

Problem is if it has been falling apart for any length of time there may be rot & mold etc behind the walls now
Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2010, 11:57 AM   #10
Bud Cline's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 10,705
Rewards Points: 558

Yeah, that's kind of a bogus installation. The opening was closed-in to accommodate the size of the store-bought shower kit.

You should understand there is no such thing as "waterproof drywall".

You may be able to clean up a little then paint those areas with an epoxy paint being sure to caulk the junctures fully.

Mike has a fair idea but I'm thinking that along those lines the use of a piece of aluminum fascia cap/cover would be better. They come prefinished. That with some caulk, would waterproof that area for good. Just be sure the area is totally dry if you cover it with the suggested cap technique.


Bud Cline is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Shower Surround & drywall transition mchull Drywall & Plaster 5 08-19-2010 03:31 PM
Tiled Shower Surround Help CluelessNewbie Kitchen & Bath Remodeling 4 02-10-2010 09:33 AM
Bathroom shower surround StevePax General DIY Discussions 0 11-12-2009 12:31 PM
Shower door install in unplumb fiberglass surround screenporch21 Building & Construction 1 11-24-2008 02:36 PM
Tub surround shower door issues Zharkov Plumbing 14 06-30-2008 10:52 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1