One of the brilliant features of Liz and Dave’s midcentury bathroom remodel: They had their shower door etched in a design to match their vintage wallpaper. It’s genius! 

Liz said:

We sent a swatch of the wallpaper to the shower door manufacturer and they were able to sandblast the print, oversized, onto both doors in a mirror image so the design was symmetrical.

Genius! Nicely played, Liz and Dave!

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  1. lynda davis says:

    Very nice idea for the shower door. The door and the whole bath looks fabulous. Great job! I don’t think I would have ever thought of the etching idea.

  2. Robin, WA says:

    Wow, this is definitely a tip I’m going to keep in my back pocket for when I remodel my bathroom. Awesome!!!

  3. Carolyn says:

    I’m always pleasantly startled when I see pics of homes for sale when there’s a swan or cattails on the glass door. I wonder what other designs I’ve missed but I never thought of designing something myself.
    On the re-modeling shows, they always tear out the tub and replace it with a huge shower of clear glass. My first thought is “Who has time to clean all that glass?!” and then, “Does anyone really want to see me nekkid?!” Strategically placed etching would camouflage a multitude of (you fill in the blank).
    Yes, definitely store this in the back of my mind.

  4. Tarquin says:

    It’s details like this that turn a room into a time capsule. I just read another great article on this website that features etched decals. Not as good as custom, but probably not as pricey and looks real.

  5. Allison says:

    You can, if you’re crafty, acid etch your own shower door. It used to be quite the thing; my SIL acid etched an overall lace pattern on the glass of her Victorian front door 30 years ago.

    It pretty much just takes Contac paper, a steady hand with an exacto knife to cut out the pattern and a jar of the etching fluid (plus gloves and safety glasses, of course).

  6. Diana says:

    I knew you could buy etched shower doors but I didn’t know you could get a custom design. That is way cool…love it!

  7. David P. Reeves says:

    I went to an open house in an un-remuddled 1959 ranch. That in itself was a treat, but they had a design etched into their shower glass too. It was a pair of swans facing away from each other, it was very beautiful

  8. Maria says:

    Is it just the way the light is hitting it or are they mirrored as well?!

    Because I’m sure that’s not the towels and toilet paper inside the shower! 🙂

    Never mind. I realize now the photo is taken from inside the shower.

  9. Scott says:

    Something fishy is going on here…. hahahaha, no, I just couldn’t resist leading with that. What a great idea, I’d have never in a million years dreamed a company in business today would do something like that. Nor would I have ever thought about doing it myself, as Allison suggested. Fish in the bathroom always make me so happy!

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