When it comes to bathroom and kitchen remodels, you can always expect to pay an arm and a leg to upgrade. Three years ago, my husband and I decided to renovate our downstairs bathroom, mainly because I couldn’t stand the ugly,green tiles anymore. As you can see in the before picture, the green tiles encased the small bathroom. It was a sea of green. The only other option was to use the upstairs bathroom, as you will see in the later in the post. Neither option was great.
The entire process took about 3 weeks to complete. Everything was ripped out, including the beautiful green tiles I had grown so fond of. (note the hint of sarcasm). The completed bathroom is shown in the portfolio of my website.
So, the purpose of this post is to show two types of renovations. The one above was costly and time consuming. Not that I’m complaining. I LOVE my new bathroom. The other type of renovation is purely cosmetic, without demolition involved. This can include repainting, upgrading fixtures, adding shelving, etc….
For the upstairs bathroom, we chose to go the cheaper route, mainly because we were selling the house and didn’t want to invest in a house we were going to sell. As you can see in the before photo, pink was the dominant color.
My last bathroom renovation involved removing green, subway tiles and replacing them with beautiful hand-made tiles from Morocco. For the second bathroom upstairs, we wanted to do something less intensive and more cosmetic. The main reason why was because we were selling our home and didn’t want to invest money in a house we were selling. It sounded like the perfect opportunity to use tile re-glazing!
As a side note, the tiles in both bathrooms we’re very commonly used between the 1920’s-1950’s. My house had 2 of the 3 favorite colors used during that time. Yeah for me!
Tile/tub re-glazing is the process of refreshing the surface to a like-new condition. The process is labor intensive. It took about 7 hours to refinish the entire bathroom, tub and tiles included. Any damaged areas have to be repaired first. The prep work took longer than the re-glazing process.
The tile and tub surfaces were prepped with an acid etching, though this step can vary. After everything was prepped, a primer was applied, followed by a top coat. These coatings may be rolled, brushed or sprayed on. The guys that did my refinishing used a sprayer. A window was necessary to ventilate the space throughout the process.
And now, the big reveal! My apologies for the quality of the photo.
Tile re-glazing was a great alternative to spending a ton of money on a remodel. It’s a little more of an investment but will definitely change the look of a bathroom without breaking the bank.