How to Remove Old Shower Doors

August 22, 2013Sarah Khandjian

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After I shared how I updated our guest bathroom, I received many requests to show how I removed the old sliding shower doors. Unfortunately, I was demo-ing like a mad woman and didn’t snap many photos. I’d still love to share a few things I learned after removing my second set of shower doors (I previously removed the shower doors from our master bathroom).

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I started with a regular size screw driver and just removed all the screws that held the metal door frame in place. Be careful to not let everything fall on you when you do this. I’d recommend having someone hold the frame when you remove the last couple of screws so that doesn’t happen to you!

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After you have the shower doors out, you need to remove the old caulking. I found this Kobalt single blade scraper to be seriously indispensable when you’re removing the old caulking. It’s only a $3 and is so much easier to use than a single razor blade.

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Our shower door was attached with screws that were anchored directly into the tile. My super handy dad recommended this awesome tip when removing anchors from tile. All you need to do is place a screw half way in the anchor. Make sure it’s slightly smaller than the hole. Then use a vise grip to grab the nail head. Tug on it a bit and the screw and anchor will pop right out! Thanks for the tip, dad!

Once you remove the anchors and all the old caulking you will need to fill in the holes. I used a caulking gun to apply sanded grout caulk into each hole. Then I used a paper towel to clean up the tile. This worked pretty well, but as with most caulking, it tends to shrink in damp areas (like showers). I’m planning to try another method using Bondo and tile paint. I’ll let you know how that works out.

I hope my tips are helpful! Have you removed dated shower doors? I’d love to hear your tips!


  • Cici Nye

    August 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Where did you find your shower curtain?!

    1. Sarah

      August 26, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Hi Cici! It’s the Striped Cabbage Rose shower curtain from Urban Outfitters.

  • Wilma

    September 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    You need to clean the bathroom first

  • sue

    November 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Did the scraping of the caulk leave scratch marks on the tub rim?

  • Sarah Hearts – House Tour: Master Bathroom

    March 26, 2014 at 12:13 pm

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  • Emily

    February 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Where did you find that gold polka dot wallpaper!?! Love this bathroom!!

    1. Sarah

      February 15, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks Emily! The walls are actually just paint white and I added gold adhesive vinyl dots. You can read more about how I did it here.

  • Lazawn

    January 24, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    <3 Great. Thanks! Will be installing a DreamLine Enigma-X
    56-in to 60-in W x 76-in H
    Frameless Sliding Shower Door.
    – Lazawn

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