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How To Update Those Old Brass Shower Doors

Replacing your old and ugly brass shower doors can be expensive, but just because this type of upgrade isn't in your budget doesn't mean you can't still update them. You can update them with paint and cover that brass. Use spray paint that can be used for both indoor or outdoor (this way it's protected from the water in your shower). Some good color choices to use include: oil rubbed bronze, white or even brushed nickel. See below for instructions on how to update your shower doors using paint.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Solvent (to eat the silicone)
  • Razor blade
  • Spray paint (in your color of choice)
  • Cleaner


  1. First you'll need to begin disassembling the shower doors. To do this, remove the rubber seals inside the door between the glass and the frame.
  2. Next, use your screwdriver to remove the screws from the door. For this part, you will need someone to help you hold the doors and remove the pieces. Try your best to lay the pieces out so you can remember where they go together. Take before pictures of the doors to see where the pieces go back to.
  3. Once you have the doors removed and the track below, you'll notice quite a bit of gunk that has been collected beneath the track. Use a good cleaner to remove as much of the gunk as possible and use a razor blade to remove any excess caulking that remains on the tub/shower.
  4. Take your shower frame pieces and then soak them in the solvent to help eat away the silicone caulking. You want as much caulk as possible removed, as the spray paint will not stick to the caulk. After you allow them to soak for a few minutes (follow the manufacturer directions), rinse the solvent away and then use your razor blade again to scrape any remaining caulking away. 
  5. Your next job is to sand down the door frame pieces using a fine grit sanding block. Sand them smooth to reduce the shine from the brass. Wipe away any sanding dust when finished.
  6. Finally, you can begin painting with the spray paint. Be sure to spray them evenly so you don't have drip marks. To help you can hang up the pieces using thin pieces of fishing line, this way you can paint the entire piece (top/bottom and front/back) at the same time. Allow the first coating to dry and then spray them a second time. Look over the pieces and check to see if there are any areas that need to be touched up. If there is, you can use a small paintbrush to touch up these areas.
  7. Once the paint is dry and to your liking, you can begin reassembling your shower doors. Again, you will need a helper to aid you in this step.

Updating your shower doors can be done with just a can or two of spray paint and is much cheaper than replacing the entire shower door. If, however, your shower doors are broken or in bad condition, you may want to think about having them replaced instead. Contact companies like South Jersey Glass & Door for more information.

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Don't Let Your Basement Become Wasted Space

My wife and I recently had a new home built, and while we had few stressful decisions to make, we greatly enjoyed the process and love our new home. Due to budget concerns, we decided to leave our basement unfinished at first. We figured that since we have so much "stuff" that we need to store, like off-season clothing and seasonal decorations, we would just use it for storage. However, we soon regretted not having it finished and felt like we had "wasted space" in our new house that wasn't being put to good use. We turned it into a "mini apartment" with its own entrance that we now rent out to a friend for a little extra income. I love sharing what we learned during the home building process, so I am excited to share our experiences and tips on our new blog! Come back for more construction tips!

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