This was a two-part, mini make-over that nevertheless paid at least some space saving dividends, and decreased the yuck-factor at least ten times. Part one actually took place before we moved in and involved an FHA-required bathtub clean up. It was dirty with pealing paint, and the bank/FHA inspector deemed it unsanitary at the time — meaning that we couldn’t get the loan unless we fixed it.
Replacement was out of the question since it’s a cast iron tub, and removal (probably by crane) would pretty much necessitate a complete overhaul of the bathroom.
Option #2 was resurfacing of the bathtub — done professionally its a several hundred dollars kind of job. Since we didn’t even own the house yet, and I am not sure that I even want to keep the tub, that was also not all that appealing.
Option #3 was a do-it-yourself route. we got a re glazing kit from Home Depot for $40 or so, and just pretty much followed directions. We cleaned, sanded, and then sprayed the glaze over several days (you have to let it dry between each step).
voila. it looks and feels pretty good. and when we decide on a dream bathroom (or 2) makeovers, we won’t feel bad about either getting rid of the tub or maybe having it redone professionally.
part II: mirrors/ medicine cabinets coming soon!