Removing your Sliding Glass Shower doors

INSIDE : Learn how to remove your outdated Sliding Glass Shower Doors.  It is so much easier than you think.  I was able to remove mine in a few hours!

Sliding Glass Door removal

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Earlier this year, I had planned on giving our hallway bathroom a little makeover session.  I was going to do a few easy cosmetic updates to it, until we had more time and funds to really get in there and renovate the space.

However, my kitchen project kind of escalated and I’m a firm believer in taking your time and tackling one big thing at a time.  So, I paused the bathroom and completed the kitchen (all under $300!).    

Last week, I shared our Hallway Bathroom Plans.   And phase one of my mini bathroom update was removing our glass shower doors from our standup shower/tub and thought I would share today how simple of a DIY on Removing your Sliding Glass Shower doors.

Issues with Sliding Glass Shower Doors:

Before we get started, let’s talk about the issues I had with our Sliding Glass Shower doors.

Sliding Glass Door before

At some point in time, the track system on our sliding glass doors gave out.  So simply opening and closing our shower doors became quite a test of your arm strength.

Then there was the issue of keeping the glass clean.  Let me remind you that this is our children’s main bathroom and well, there was constant reminding about using a squeege on the glass – but I’m not sure it happened much.  The glass was always dirty and a mess.

My final issue with the glass doors was their outdated look.  I’ve seen some lovely newer styles with black trim and a modern look, but most sliding glass shower doors are from quite a while ago.  I felt like the look of ours really gave the entire room a very dated feel.  Did I mention you could see the roadrunner tile inside the shower?  If you are confused, check out my Hallway Bathroom Plans post, ha.

What tools do you need to remove your bathroom sliding shower glass door?

The tools needed to remove your bathroom’s shower sliding glass doors are fairly simple.  

You will need :
– screwdriver, I used a cordless drill.
putty knife OR an all in one multi purpose tool
utility knife
– rag
needle nose pliers
shower caulk

Sliding Glass Door Removal - supplies

How do you remove your bathroom sliding shower glass doors?

To remove your shower glass doors, start by locating the screws that are holding the main frame up.  Our shower door frame had three screws on each side and a base frame screw in the center.

Sliding Glass Door Removal - remove screws with drill

Using a screwdriver or a cordless drill, remove all the screws.  (Disregard how dirty this photo is… it’s a huge part of why I wanted to get rid of those doors, ew.)

Sliding Glass Door Removal - removing frame screws

Once all the door screws were removed, there was a bit of give in the frame and you should be able to lift up and out the glass doors one at a time.  Note : they were heavier than I anticipated and I had my husband come in and give me a hand lifting them up and out.

Sliding Glass Door Removal-step3

All that remains now is the actual metal frame.

Sliding Glass Door Removal - shower frame

The top piece of the sliding door frame was simply sitting on top, so with one decent push from below and it came right out.

Sliding Glass Door Removal - removing top piece

Next, use your utility knife and score along all the old caulk joints on your frame pieces.  This helps so you can really get your putty knife under the frame.  The putty knife will help pop the frame off the shower wall.

Sliding Glass Door Removal-step7

After your frame is removed, you can use the putty knife again to scrape up all the old excess shower caulk.  After the caulk was removed, I used an old rag to get up any last remaining grime.

Sliding Glass Door Removal - putty knife removing caulk

Lastly, using a pair of needle nose pliers, remove any old anchors from the door frame.  And fill the holes with a water repellent shower caulk.

Sliding Glass Door Removal, needle nose pliers

Find yourself a new shower curtain and enjoy your door-less shower!

Removing Bathroom Sliding Glass Door

Be sure to keep following along on my hallway bathroom update.

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2 thoughts on “Removing your Sliding Glass Shower doors

  1. I think the roadrunner tile is adorable! I get why you might not lol, but because it’s actually native to your area and because this is mainly the childen’s bath I think it falls on the charming side. Plus it has that super useful built in shelf. (ps I think your kids will always have memories of their roadrunner bathtub). The Saltillo tile is whoa dominant, but heated? That’s sweet! It’s the pink toilet tub sink thing that I cannot wait to see how you make disappear with your colour scheme plans. Bravo to you for doing it all by yourself! Wow!
    You showed pics of getting the residue off the wall but what about on the tub? It looks like there were no surface scratches after the rail was removed. I’m interested because in my house there are two bedroom baths that have these kind of shower doors and I’d like to get rid of them too.

    1. Yes, the roadrunner is ALMOST charming… almost – hee hee. I actually removed the residue off the exact same on the side of the shower and on the tub. I was very careful to not scrape the tub too hard, but the caulk just mostly peeled right off. It was much easier than I thought it would be. I suppose if you were concerned, you could try like Goo Gone first?

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