The average cost of a bathroom remodel in North America is between $16500-17000 according Consumer Reports, which is outside of the budget for many people who are looking for a way to make their bathroom feel less dated. Recently my mom hoping to put her home up for sale, but the all the bathrooms in her house are very dated, and clear cut from the late 80s or early 90s. The bathrooms are all filled with yellow/beige tubs, toilets and sinks with oak cabinets. Needless to say, it isn’t what current buyers are looking for in a home. So, I’ve taken on the challenge of updating one of the bathrooms using affordable DIY fixes. The first project I’m taking on is refinishing the tub and tiles surrounding the tub using Rust-oleum Tub And Tile Refinishing Kit.
The bathroom started with the standard builder grade finishes from when the home was built, and overall the room felt very yellow and dated.
To start I used a combination of bleach and water to wash the tub and tiles to remove all dirt, mildew or grime.
Next step is to remove all the caulk surrounding the tub as the paint won’t properly adhere to it. This is fairly simple to do with a caulk removal tool where you push the pointed end into the caulk and it will lift it off.
Here is the tub with all the caulk removed. Next clean up all the caulk bits and you are ready to start sanding the tiles. When it comes to prepping the tiles and tub by slightly roughing up the surface so that the epoxy paint will stick to the tiles you have two options. The first option is to sand the tiles the second is to use the Rust-oleum Tub And Tile Etching Cream.
If you choose to sand the tiles you will need to use 400-600 grit sand paper and sand all areas of the tub and tile by hand.
For the bathroom, I sanded everything by hand as I only had had as mask designed for sanding and painting. Here I am though just after sanding the tub down holding the container of Rust-oleum Tub And Tile Etching cream. This method is supposed to give a more uniform etched finish to prepare your tiles and tub. As this chemical is corrosive and toxic to breath in wear a high-quality respirator in your well-ventilated bathroom, wear gloves, and make sure to take precautions that this product does not get on your skin.
Next mask off the areas you don’t wish to get paint on with painter’s tape.
To begin painting with your Rust-oleum Tub And Tile Refinishing Kit open up both jar A and B and mix them individually, then combine the products together and stir for 2 minutes.
After the product has been mixed I poured it into my paint gun and sprayed light coats of paint onto the tile and tub. After each light coat of paint, you need to wait one hour for the paint to dry. If you don’t have a paint gun, although I highly recommend it for this DIY you can also use a small foam roller but you will get a less smooth finish compared to the paint gun. Once the paint kit has been mixed it can only be used for a few hours, so it is important to make sure you have several free hours to dedicate to painting before mixing the paint.
After 3 days your tub is now ready to be recaulked. Once the caulk has dried your tub is ready to use!
I still can’t believe it is the same tub and tile, especially as the kit costs less than $30. After being painted it still looks like ceramic, but is now a nice bright white. I also updated the walls by painting them in ultra pure white by BEHR.
Read All The Posts In The Series
Part 1: How To Paint A Tub
Part 2: How To Paint Bathroom Counters
Part 3: How To Install Vinyl Wood Floors
Part 4: How To Paint Cabinets
Part 5: DIY No-Sew Shower Curtains
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