Kyle here, my turn again. I am going to explain part of the process of tiling a shower. It is a lot of work to tile a whole shower but it looks really nice and makes the bathroom feel more luxurious. Take your time and make sure you do a lot of planning.
In this picture you can see the shelf for soap and shampoo bottles. I made that sucker nice and big so there will be enough room for whatever we want to put on it. It is cut out of the wall but not framed like a window, I didn’t feel the need to. This is not a load bearing wall and the soap shelf isn’t going to have very much weight placed on it. The yellow electrical wire is going to be removed later.
We have started to install the concrete backerboard. You install the concrete backerboard like you would drywall. It will be the backing for the tiles to grip onto. It’s stronger than drywall and can support more weight. Tiles and mortar can get very heavy.
Here we have completely covered the shower with the concrete backerboard. You will need to place tape wherever there are two edges of the backerboard, just like you would on drywall. This will help prevent cracks from the backerboard separating. After applying the tape you need to fill in the seams with mortar, the same mortar you will be using for the tiles.
Another picture to show you where the shelf is so you can see it better.
The left side of the shower. Don’t forget to cut out the holes for the shower head and the shower controls before installing the backerboard. They are small, but you can see where the shower head is going to be and where the controls are going to be. In our shower the tiles are going from the ceiling to the floor, so the concrete board needs to touch the concrete shower floor and the ceiling.
The right side of the shower with all the backerboard installed and holes cut out. All we need to do is apply mortar in the seams and then we are ready to install the tiles. That should be easy, right? Well, we will see.
What do you think of our shower so far? Leave a comment below.