Continuing on with the bathroom remodel, this is one blog post that I am super excited to write! Because that means that the difficult task of “Project Bathtub Remodel” is finished!!!
When we moved into our home, I was almost not sold on the house just because of the bathtub that would be my daughters. It had hard water stains and it was yellow-ish and old looking. I wanted her bathroom to be bright. I figured we could replace it with a new and better tub eventually. But who has time to wait for the money to do that?
So that’s where this blog comes in!
Turning an eyesore of a bathtub into something to be happy about is a long and tedious process. But have no fear! It can be done! Cheap(ish) too!
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Turn that Yellow Tub White!
I went to our local Lowe’s to get some odds and ends for some project the fiancé wanted to do. Of course now I forget what he was making or fixing.
But while we were there, I wanted to see if they had any kind of paint to refinish a tub.
Note! Do not start this project without at least 4 days to spare without said sink or tub/shower.
They have something of every kind of project in there, so it was worth a look since I wanted to start working on her themed bathroom.
Remember – It’s paint. Don’t spend 15 minutes walking around looking in the tubs and sinks section for some paint.
Go to the paint section!
I asked them if they had any kind of kit to used to remodel bathtub and the guy took me right to their Homax Tough as Tile – Tub, Sink and Tile Kit.
I had to buy 2 boxes but at the time I bought the first one, I didn’t know that. So in one store I went in, it was down eye level. The second store it was above my head so I walked passed it 3 times before I finally asked someone to show me where it was. So ask. It will get you in and out so much quicker. Or you can just order it here on Amazon – free shipping and it will come straight to your door.
You don’t need anything other than this box. Unless you want to treat the hard water stains before you paint it. I tried right after we moved in and nothing worked. So I skipped that part of the instructions.
Tip! Follow the instructions!
I thought that I was, but the surface prep goes IN water!
I accidentally missed that and I just scrubbed it all over the shower.
So if it doesn’t stick, then it will be my fault. But for now it’s just fine.
You’re supposed to let it “cure” for about 72 hours after you paint it, but I let mine sit for over a week because I put 3 layers of paint on it in some spaces where I missed the second time around.
The kit that I purchased has the brush on epoxy and I think it would totally be okay with that for just a tub, but doing the surrounding area, I think I would have preferred the Homax Spray-On Epoxy, however it comes with two cans and seeing the size of the box, I don’t know if it comes with the steel wool, gloves and surface treater. Maybe you don’t need all that with this one? I don’t know. But I will be testing it out with our shower next time!
I’m totally not a painter, so maybe that’s why I had to add three layers? I feel like I was also trying to avoid buying another can so I was trying to stretch the “priming” layer to be thin but cover enough to where the second layer filled in the spaces. I don’t think it works like that. So don’t do that. Just buy 2 cans if you need it.
I was able to apply a second coat to almost all of the tub and sides except one side. After I applied the second coat there were still some spots that I needed to cover once more, probably because I did the first layer crappy. (you live and learn, right?)
So I got another kit (I didn’t see any single cans in stores) and I applied a second layer to the one wall and let it dry and then I applied a 3rd coat to the entire shower.
Finished Product Thoughts
Personally I think it makes it feel a little harder and sturdier in a good way. I assume that’s where “tough as tile” comes from.
However, I am totally happy with the outcome and with each box being under $40, then it cost under $80 to cover up that nasty yucky yellow-ness of the tub. It also helped make the bathroom look brighter which I am so happy about!
Keep an eye out!
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