DIY Homemade Shower Rock Wall


The sound of trickling water over rocks creates a tranquil and soothing sensation. Enjoy this feeling every day as you shower with a shower rock wall. Whether you want to cover all the shower walls with rocks or make an accent wall, you can make a homemade shower rock wall with a little time and work. Use river rocks for their round or oval shapes and smooth surface. Since each rock has a distinctive shape, design the layout ahead of time using your shower wall measurements to ensure the rocks fit properly and create a visually pleasing look.

Things You'll Need

  • Cement backerboard
  • Four 1-by-4-inch pieces of wood
  • Large bucket
  • Type-S mortar
  • Water
  • Drill with mixing attachment
  • Notched trowel
  • Work gloves
  • Mortar smoother
  • River rocks
  • Water-based masonry sealer
  • Paintbrush
  • Install cement backerboard inside the shower enclosure. Secure the boards in place by hammering finishing nails through the boards into the wall studs or shower frame studs. This water-resistant material makes it suitable for shower walls.

  • Measure the wall in the shower. Have the 1-by-4-inch pieces of wood cut to the wall specifications. Lay out the boards on the floor to map out the stones before you attach them to the backerboard.

  • Prepare the Type-S mortar in the large bucket according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Mix one bag at a time to ensure the mortar does not begin to dry and set before you add it to the wall. You can find this kind of mortar at home improvement stores.

  • Mix the mortar with the mixing attachment on your electric drill. Test for the right texture by scooping a thin portion up with your trowel and holding it at 90-degree angle. The mortar should remain on the trowel.

  • Don your work gloves. Scoop up a handful of mortar and place it on the wall. Smooth the mortar over the wall in a 1/2-inch layer. Continue applying the mortar in this manner until you cover the entire wall

  • Drag the notched side of the trowel over the mortar to create grooves. Let the mortar cure or dry for 48 hours.

  • Put on your work gloves again and prepare another batch of mortar in the bucket.

  • Add a thin layer of mortar to the wall with the trowel beginning at the bottom right corner of the wall. Put a layer of mortar onto a river rock and press it to the wall. Continue adding the rocks in a row until you cover the entire wall. Let the wall cure for 48 hours.

  • Seal the shower rock wall with a water-based masonry sealer. Use a paintbrush to apply the sealer to the wall. Let it dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions, usually 24 to 48 hours, before you use the shower.

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