Can You Replace Your Shower Tiles By Yourself? YES!!!

Do you want to make your shower area look more attractive and exquisite? Old tiles make a mess of the aesthetic aspect of your bathroom. Their dull look makes the appearance below par. Replacing them is the only way to get out of this trouble. But, how can you do it yourself? Yes, you can and you can easily learn this art through this article.

Are you tired of the old look of your bathroom? If yes, then changing your shower wall tiles will revamp the overall look and feel of your bathroom, and guess what? It can be done by yourself as your next DIY project. Isn’t that great? We will guide you with easy steps to replace your shower wall tiles. Let’s start!

Steps To Prepare The Wall

To change the shower wall, you need to first prepare the wall by removing the old tiles. Let us guide you through in simple steps:

Step-1:  Old Tile Removal

To remove the old tiles, you can use a hammer or a chisel. This procedure creates lots of dust, so be sure to wear a mask to avoid the dust, cover the doorways, cover the floor and tubs to avoid damage.
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Step-2: Necessary Renovations

Once you have removed the old tiles, search for any damages to be repaired. You can replace the drywall with a cement backer board to protect the wall from moisture and other problems.


Step-3: Backer Board Installation

Install the backer board by cutting it according to the wall measurement. You should use the concrete screws for the backer board to fix the wall, then tape the backer board joint with drywall tape.

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Step-4: Paint The Sealant

Apply a paint sealant to the backer board to make the tiles waterproof. Use double coats of paint.



Installation Of Tiles

Once you have prepared your wall, now is the time to start installing wall tiles. Let’s start this process step by step.

Step-1: Tile Selection And Area Calculation

As a next step, you need to choose the tile and design. Before starting, you have to make a design plan for your shower wall that includes the pattern in which tiles will be attached.
Calculate the number of tiles required by measuring each wall area and then multiply the height with the width of the walls. Add up the areas of the wall and keep 10% extra for the wastage.


Step-2: Tile Mortar Application

Now mix the tile mortar according to the instruction given on the bag and apply it to the wall. You can use a trowel to texture the adhesive.


Step-3: Start tilling The Wall

Cut the tiles according to the area using a tile cutter, and start placing your tiles on the wall by pushing them firmly on the mortar to stick properly. You can use a tile nipper to remove the extra edges. Use a tile hammer to stick the tile properly on the adhesive.
Place tile spacers in between the tiles to maintain a consistent gap. You need to check regularly to make sure the level and spaces are all aligned perfectly. Now leave the tiled wall to dry for a minimum of 24 hours.


Step-4: Grouting The Gaps

When the thinnest is dried, you need to grout the spaces in between the tiles. Use the recommended grout from the seller of tiles. Mix the grout mixture as mentioned on the bag, and then remove the spacers between the tiles.
You can use a rubber grout float to apply the grout easily. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes to let the grout dry, and then you can clean the tiles with a wet sponge.


Step-5: Use A Sealant

Grout and Stone Sealer

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After a few days of installation, you can apply a grout sealant to seal the grout, and for the edges, you can use a silicone sealant.



A freshly tiled shower wall will brighten up your bathroom to a whole new level. With the help of our guide, you can do this by yourself. So why not give it a try? All you need to do is prepare your base wall first, then tile the shower wall by following easy steps given above.

Schedule a consultation today at Kennedy Kitchens and Baths to find out how your shower can be transformed with custom tiling. Our team of professionals will work closely with you through the process, ensuring that every detail is taken care of so there are no surprises. We look forward to helping you create an amazing bathroom space!

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