Concrete Bathroom Shower

Concrete Bathroom Shower

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Materials you will need for a concrete bathroom shower

Step #1: Let it begin!

 

After our Shower Demo

We pulled out the shower in an earlier post you can check out the details for that here. 

 

 

Step #2: Drop the tub

I found this standard size tub 32″ x “60 off of Craigslist for $40. It’s super deep and was in excellent shape so we snatched it.

Step #3: Put up cement board

My wife originally wanted the whole entire shower and bath to be cement but as this was my first-time attempt at a cement bathroom I decided on buying a fiberglass tub with everything else cement.

I built a little support/sidewall out of 2×4’s to encase the tub and framed out a small niche.  Then attached cement board to all the walls of the shower and the little sidewall.

 

Step #4: Seal seams

 

I then put fiberglass mesh on all the seams.

I then patched the seams to seal them with Quickcrete hydraulic waterproof cement.

 

 

 

 

Step #5: Apply Red Guard

Applied RedGuard. You can apply this with a roller, sponge or brush. I like how it went on with a sponge the best.

Step #6:  Appy Ardex

Next, I mixed Ardex CP as instructed on the bag and then applied to all the RedGuard walls and side wall.

 

My wife wanted everything surrounding the toilet to be concrete because of all the boys with bad aim so I also applied the concrete to the wall and the cabinet side that was next to the toilet.

 

That dried for a day and then we moved on to the next step.

 

Step #7: Ardex TWP and sand

We then mixed the Ardex TWP to a pudding consistency and applied with a trowel. TIP: the mix dries really fast so don’t mix much more than a quart at a time. I applied two coats. It just needs to have a smooth consistency.

Once that dried, I did a light sanding.

 

Step #8:Seal

I wanted to make sure it was sealed and really shiny so I rolled on several coats (probably 13) of high gloss Valspar water sealer. Add replaced our hardware.

My wife was super happy how our concrete bathroom shower turned out. She is in love with how simple it was, how clean and industrial, yet elegant it looks.

 

 

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Comments (33)

  • I want to do this but for a shower only. Are you still happy with it and is it holding up well?

    BJ
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    • We are very happy with it. I am working on an update. We just did a video going over it and showing how it has held up so I should be posting that sometime this month.

      Karie
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  • Thanks for sharing your shower demo

    Jennifer
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  • Wow great job. That’s a big project.

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  • Thank you for this very informative post. Great job! I wish I was this handy!

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  • We are due for a shower remodel as well. Your step by step photos are super helpful.

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  • You feel free to come do my house next! That looks like a ton of work but came out beautiful.

    Cindy
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  • That looks really good!

    Lisa Manderino
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  • Neat project! Do you have to re-seal it regularly?

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    • I have not had to reseal it yet. I want to keep the shine on it so I probably will one day, but as of now we haven’t had to.

      Karie
      Reply
  • It looks pretty nice!

    Santana
    Reply
  • The final product looks great!

    Candy
    Reply
  • this came out great!!

  • This looks good! and you make it look so easy! Thanks for posting all of the steps…I think I might try it!

    Reply
  • Looks great! My dad is always doing projects like this at home too.

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  • I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to tackle a project like this. The finished look is beautiful. Nice job!

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  • I would love this… I can’t do it myself, but hopefully one day soon I can afford to do it!

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  • Oh my goodness, this is so cool!! I definitely need to have our shower done at some point – this would be a great option! Thank you so much for this information.

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  • Looks nice! What a great idea!

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  • That looks pretty neat!

    Sydney
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  • Interesting. I know a lot of people are doing this with their floors and counters. I have never heard of it in a shower. Thanks!

    Tricia Snow
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  • Wow, are you happy with how it turned out? Thanks for the information!

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    • Extremely happy. Thanks

      Karie
      Reply
  • This turned out pretty awesome! Thanks for the tutorial!

    Reply
  • Looks nice once it was completed.

    Reply
  • That’s so cool and unique!

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  • Bathroom remodels are such work! Thanks for such a great tutorial!

    Kendra
    Reply
  • GREAT JOB, I was looking for ideas. Quick question, I am doing this in my basement. Can I do this directly on the concrete brick wall, or do I need to frame it in and use insulation first?

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    • Yes, Ardex could be applied straight on a brick wall. However, you need to take into consideration…is this brick wall sealed on the other side? Will moisture be able to get through from the other side? If so it might compromise things. I would make sure if you are doing a shower to RedGuard for sure! If you’re just doing an Ardex cement wall to cover a brick wall then it may not be as important but might be a good idea. Best of luck on your project. We would love to see pictures.

      Karie
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  • Great job! It looks great.

    Reply
  • Such a cool idea; it’s beautiful!

    Tara Hallie
    Reply
  • Never thought of concrete for a shower – very cool.

    Angela
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  • Wow, what a cool way to renovate the bathroom.

    Lisa
    Reply

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