Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bathroom progress - tile shower and tub refinish

It's pretty fast and fun to make a hot mess by demolition. It takes a lot longer to put it back together!
This bathroom had a decent tub, so we didn't replace it, saving the rough ugly walls to simply cover back up. Next time, we think it would give a better product and make a few things easier to just replace the tub.  This is a pretty traditional house, so we planned to make a pretty traditional bathroom, with a hit of pizzazz in there. Let's put this mess back together! 
Had to level/smooth the walls some with thin-set in a few areas before installing the tile.
Brian worked with the plumbing for a few weeks before getting to this point. Hello tub/shower faucet!
We finished the floor tile first, but saved the grout for a later step. It's 12x24 inch tiles, which to me is where some of the more modern flare comes into the bathroom.
White subway tiles are a budget friendly and classic look that lighten and brighten this tired old bathroom!
Once the tiles were in and grouted, we turned to "freshening" up the tub surface. We thought this would be a fun new product to try and save a lot of time and money over replacing the tub...  We thought.
Here's the product, it includes a special cleaner and basically a spray paint.
Lots of masking to get this ready!  We had already painted the room, so our masking skills were warmed up.
We grouted the floors after the tub was sprayed to make the best line between the two (didn't want to spray white onto the tan grout). The problem with that plan was that the tackiness of painters tape caused some blemishes in the under-performing tub coating.  Since we sprayed over white, you really can't see it unless you get your nose in there and look for it, so all is not lost. We just think it wouldn't have cost too much more time or money to put in a new tub in the end.
Put the final touches on the plumbing and you have a fresh white new shower!
Next up, the other side of the room...  We need a toilet and sink.

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