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Refinish A Bathtub Tips

Refinishing a bathtub is the easiest and cheapest way to bring new life to your very dated (or very dirty) bathtub. Those of you who don’t have the time or patience to clean your tub often or want to restore your old, unique tub you don’t see nowadays will greatly benefit from a bathtub refinishing, also known as reglazing, project.

Fortunately, bathtub refinishing doesn’t cost more than $142 and can be completed for less if you choose to take it on as a DIY project. Nevertheless, by comparison to a new tub, refinishing can save thousands.

As most reglazing projects are done without pros, the costs tend to stay below the $100 mark. According to our cost guide, the average minimum cost of tile or bathtub reglazing is $17 and the maximum is $142. If you are eager to take this project on by yourself, there are plenty of refinishing kits at The Home Depot.

Nevertheless, if you hire a bathroom remodeling professional, expect the price to increase.

Like any DIY project, certain tools and materials are needed. While I am going to cover multiple ways to refinish a bathtub, some or all the materials below will help you transform your old grimy tub to the masterpiece it once was.

  • Bathtub Refinishing Kit
  • Sandpaper
  • Hand Towels
  • Paper Towels
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint Roller
  • Caulk
  • Utility Knife
  • Paint Stripper
  • Abrasive Cleaner
  • Masking Tape
  • Masking Paper
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Plastic covering
  • Epoxy
  • Abrasive Pad

Re Caulk A Bathtub

You may see caulk as tiny detail, but a fresh application can truly make a difference in your bathroom. Caulk is designed to fill cracks and prevent water from leaving the tub or shower. Over time, caulk can crack, leading to structural damage, mold and mildew. Age also tends to discolor caulk, making showers look older and unclean.

For both homeowners and renters alike, re-caulking your tub is an easy fix you can do to spruce up your bathroom. Additionally, this is an easy DIY project. To complete the process, you’ll need to remove the old caulk and replace it with new caulk. Here’s how you can re-caulk your shower or bathtub.

Before you begin the process of replacing the caulk, you must decide what caulk you’d like to use. There are two main types of caulk to use in a bathtub or shower: silicone and latex.

Silicone

Silicone caulk is completely waterproof, making it ideal for bathrooms. Though it’s incredibly flexible and long-lasting, application and removal is difficult. It also can’t be cleaned up with water; it has to be cleaned up with mineral spirits. Silicone caulk works best on glass and ceramic tile.

Latex

This type of caulk is intended to have an easy application, but is not as durable as silicone caulk and tends to crack over time. It tends to be the cheaper option and comes in a wide range of colors. Mistakes can be removed with water. Latex caulk can work on any tile, but specifically, will do well on uneven tile.

Combination

Many companies now make a combination caulk of both silicone and latex, maintaining the easy use of latex and the long life of silicone.

Gorgeous Bathroom Remodelling

DIY bathroom remodeling is not only a popular trend going around the U.S., but it’s also one of the most valuable. In fact, on average, bathroom remodeling projects yield a 60% return on investment. As such, you may not only get to enjoy the luxury of using an updated bathroom, but the monetary return as well.

Nevertheless, bathroom remodeling is not easy. To make a difference, you need honest advice from the pros. As such, we rounded up six common DIY bathroom remodeling projects and the steps to complete each without a pro.

If you feel some these are biting off more than you can chew, be sure to contact a professional bathroom contractor near you.

 

Bathroom Remodeling Costs

Before we dive into each project, we must cover the average costs. According to our bathroom renovation cost estimator, the national average for a bathroom remodeling job is $7,920. This price includes hiring a professional. Therefore, expect your DIY bathroom project to be much less expensive (expect longer completion time though).

 

DIY Bathroom Planning

Before you start your DIY bathroom remodel project, you must ask yourself six essential questions. By asking and answering all six, you will know if this bathroom project is not only worth your investment, but time as well.

The six questions you need to ask yourself before every DIY bathroom remodeling are:

  1. What is in the bathroom remodel budget?
  2. What do I need & what do I want?
  3. Who will be using the bathroom & what is its function?
  4. How long can the family function without this bathroom?
  5. Do I want to install energy efficient products?
  6. Do I need more bathroom ventilation?

Bathroom Vanity Cabinet Ideas

Do you think you have what it takes to change the look of your bathroom in just an afternoon? Believe it or not, it’s possible. It’s amazing what a few coats of paint to your bathroom vanity can do to enhance the décor of the room.

A DIY painting project is the perfect way to refresh a bathroom. In this video from MyFixItUpLife, Theresa adds the finishing touches to a bathroom update by painting the vanity a dark gray, that goes with the style of the room.

If your bathroom could use a bigger update, contact a remodeling pro today and recieve up to four free quotes from contractors in your area.

Loose items, like tweezers, bobby pins and scissors, can be the start of a messy medicine cabinet. With nowhere to go, they simply end up sitting on a random shelf. For any metal items, a magnetic strip tape is the answer. Simply attach the magnetic tape to the back of your medicine cabinet mirror and your metal items will no longer have to take up real estate on your shelves, making room for more bathroom storage.

Tips

  • Take the doors off the vanity to paint.
  • Sand all surfaces of the vanity before painting.
  • Test the paint on the inside of the doors.
  • Replace all hardware once all paint is completely dry.

 

Conclusion

Creating a new look for your bathroom does not have to be costly and time consuming. In an afternoon, you can get the update you desire with a few coats of paint.

Tips to Make Small Bath Look Big

Any homeowner with a small bathroom knows it’s a challenge to make it look and feel bigger. One attractive and affordable solution to this obstacle is mosaic tile. A mosaic is a piece of art or image made from the assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone or other materials. Most mosaics are made of small, flat, roughly square pieces of stone or glass of different colors known as tesserae.

Mosaic tile is more versatile than you may think. It’s frequently used as decorative art or as interior decoration and the possibilities are endless. See six examples of how mosaic tile will effortlessly make your small bath look big and liven it up.

 

1. Create An Accent Wall

Paint isn’t the only way to create an accent wall. Colorful, delicate mosaic tile delivers a unique solution for brightening up your bathroom. There’s typically not much wall space to work with in a small bath, so getting a bit fancy with your accent wall won’t be too hard on your wallet. A white foundation, natural light and mirrors will also help play tricks on the eyes to make the room appear larger.

 

2. Build A Border or Backsplash

A border or backsplash is an effective way to make a room look bigger. It also adds style and an element of surprise to your small bath. The continuous design keeps the eye busy as it travels from one element to the next. To keep the project budget-friendly, cover small areas with expensive tiles or larger areas with less expensive tile styles.

Another idea is to fill the blank space between your sink and mirror with colorful, mosaic tile. You won’t believe how something so simple will magnify the aesthetic appeal of your bathroom. Once again, the eye will be drawn to the tile and travel with the flow of the design.

A backsplash is versatile in that it can take up as much or as little of the space around your sink and vanity as you’d like, without looking strange. In this example, the horizontal tiles travel up the entire wall above the vanity. The tile wall catches your eye so quickly that you have little time to analyze the size of the bath. You’ll be fixated on the design behind the mirror instead of the square footage.

 

3. Stack Thin Rectangular Tiles Vertically

Make your ceiling appear even higher by stacking thin, rectangular tiles in a vertical manner. The layout of your tile will have a lot to do with how small or large your bathroom appears to the eye. Orienting a tile pattern vertically emphasizes the height of a space instead of the width. Easily lift the ceiling height in a compact bathroom by implementing tile that draws the eye upward.

Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Adding a backsplash is a great way to enhance the appearance of your bathroom. Many homeowners think about using a backsplash in their kitchen, but don’t realize how many options there are for the bathroom too. It’s simply a matter of deciding what your taste is and how much you want to add.

There are so many different backsplash materials, colors, designs and trends to choose from, that it can be overwhelming if you aren’t fully informed before you start shopping. This article outlines exactly what you need to know about bathroom backsplash, so you can pick a style that’s right for you and your home.

Think about what features you care about most when selecting a material. Is it ease of cleaning, durability or visual appeal? Below are some different ideas to get you thinking about what you might like.

Natural stacked stone and stone river rock tiles create a textured and natural look in the bathroom. Get creative with the color, design and type of stone or rock. If stone isn’t your thing, you can aim for something similar like brick. Ceramic tile is always a popular option with homeowners because it’s cost effective, environmentally friendly and easy to clean and maintain. If you’re looking for something a little more glamorous, Corian is a solid surface material which looks a lot like tile. It’s visually appealing, easy to clean and built to last a lifetime. Believe it or not, stainless steel is also being used as a backsplash in the bathroom!

Retile A Shower

Nothing in the home lasts forever, including tile, and since the bathroom is the most trafficked room in the home, retiling a shower is a project one must consider. Even more so, a shower gets rid of dirt, sweat or any other unwanted growths on your body. As such, it deserves to be as clean as possible.

Existing tile can only be cleaned so much. Many choose to revitalize their bathroom by retiling the shower. It can be a lengthy and sometimes timely project, but those who do bite the bullet almost always agree that it is well worth it.

 

How to Retile A Shower

Retiling a shower consists of completely knocking out the existing tile and installing new tile. For those of you with larger showers, this is by no means a short project. However, before you can get started, you must first choose your existing tile, which I will get to later, and gather all your tools. The tools you will need to retile your shower are:

  • New tile
  • Utility knife, chisel or putty knife
  • Hammer
  • Sander
  • Scrub brush
  • Grout
  • Grout trowel
  • Mortar mix
  • Mortal trowel
  • Paint remover
  • Tile spacers
  • Caulk
  • Goggles
  • Gloves

First, remove the shower head and shower handle. You may need a drill or screwdriver. Then, cover the shower floors to prevent damage from falling tile. You can use multiple towels or cardboard.

Take your hammer and chisel and start from the bottom corner. Gently place chisel on side of tile and use hammer to push the tile out. Start gently. As you move on, you may have to use some real elbow grease to get these tiles out.

Some of the shower tile may chip, but your goal is to get each individual piece off by itself. As you move your way inside the shower, you may have to the use putty knife or flat bar instead of a chisel. Go across one row first and then move your way down. It makes the process much easier.

Once all tile has been removed, chisel off any remaining mortar as well.

Tip: Be very careful with tile along the wall and ceiling. Use your utility knife and make a cut along the top, bottom and side tile along the ceiling, floors and walls. Be very careful with these tiles. You don’t want to ruin the walls, ceilings, or floors.