Time For a New Bathroom: Design Ideas That Provide Style Without a Huge Cost

How to Create a New Bathroom While Staying in Budget | A1 ReglazingEven though there’s some money set aside for remodeling the master bathroom, you can’t spend the cash with abandon. One way to stretch those dollars is to make some enhancements to the elements you already have in the space. Here are some suggestions that you can use to transform it into a new bathroom and still keep within your budget.

Dealing With an Older Tub

The bathroom currently sports a beautiful cast iron clawfoot tub. While it’s true that the finish is wearing a little thin in places, you really don’t want to get rid of it. After all, you’ve had plenty of relaxing soaks after those rough days at work.

Still, you would like to add a shower to the space. Wouldn’t the tub have to go in order to make room for a stall? Actually, a contractor can show you an easy trick so you can have your soak and still shower when you want.

All you will really need to do is invest in having the tub refinished. That takes care of the worn spots and also gives you the chance to change the color if you like. Consider using one color for the inside and for the lip. The body can sport another color that you plan on using in the space.

For the shower aspect, the contractor can outfit the tub with the right type of hardware to create a shower. That includes a shower head that is mounted above the tub and operated by the hardware near the spigot. Add a suspended frame for a shower curtain and you enjoy a bubble bath or take a quick shower, whichever you prefer. This creates the look of a new bathroom and new tub, while keeping a budget.

How About the Lavatory and the Toilet?

Take a good look at the condition of the lavatory and the toilet. Are they still in good shape? Do you like the size and the style of both? If so, why replace them? You can have these elements refinished to match the new color scheme used for the tub. That helps add visual unity to the space and gives you some idea of what other colors you can introduce.

Doing Something with the Tile

The wall and floor tiles do have a few minor flaws, but overall they are in good shape. Since you like the size and the style, why not change the color. It’s simply enough to have a professional come in and refinish the surfaces and provide any color you want. Choose something that will continue the theme you’ve already started with the tub, toilet, and lavatory.

How About the Rest of the Walls?

If your bathroom walls are not completely covered with tiles, you do need to come up with a solution for the painted surfaces. One approach is to pick a third color that works with what you’ve already settled on for the tile and the other major elements. You could also consider investing in some type of vinyl wall covering to add a pattern to the solid colors you are using in the space. Make sure the pattern does pick up on those other colors and there will be no trouble creating the unified look you want.

Finish the Job with Some New Fixtures and Hardware

Consider changing out the taps on the lavatory, the door pulls on the cabinetry, and even the knobs on the bathroom door. Make sure they are functional as well as decorative. Nothing is gained by installing something that looks great but is hard to use.

Remember that before you make any changes to the space, talk with a professional and work out the details for the renovation. That makes it easier to address each change in a logical manner, and will stretch your budget a little further.


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Home Improvement: Is Refinishing Tile an Option?

Home Improvement: Can You Refinish Tiles? | A1 ReglazingNow that you’ve paid off a few debts and have some spare cash, the idea of making some house improvements holds a lot of appeal. Specifically, you’d like to update the look of the master bathroom. That means something has to be done with the tile. Instead of replacing it, why not look into the idea of tile refinishing? Here are some of the perks that come along with this approach and improvement.

Updating the Color

You really like the size of the tiles used in your bathroom, and they are still in great shape after all these years. The main beef has to do with the color. A couple of decades ago, it was right in line with the times. Now it makes the bathroom look like a relic of the past.

You really don’t have to rip out those perfectly good tiles in order to change the color. A professional can refinish the surfaces of those tiles while they remain in position. You get to choose any color that you like. If you really want to mix things up a bit, there’s the option of using more than one color of tiles. Keep in mind that if you choose colors known to remain popular even as styles change, you may never need to have anything else done to those tiles.

Hiding Blemishes

Most of the tiles are in good shape, but there are a few spots that could use some help. Attempting to find original tiles to take the place of those that have cracks or chips is futile, since the tile has been out of production for years. While that may be enough to make you think everything has to be ripped out and replaced with new product, think again.

A professional will know how to fill in those tiny cracks and spaces and then refinish the surfaces so that the tile looks brand new. When the work is finished, you won’t be able to tell which tiles were damaged. Best of all, the time needed to accomplish this transformation is much less than taking out the old product and replacing it with new tile. This improvement makes your tile look brand new.

A Durable Solution

Did you know that the refinishing and improvement process will not weaken the existing tiles? In fact, this approach will have the opposite effect. Once they are refinished, the tiles will be just as durable as the day they were first installed. Thanks to the quality of the work, they’ll also look as if they were just installed yesterday.

Saving Money

While it’s true that you have some cash on hand to spend toward renovating the bathroom, the amount you can afford is limited. There’s no doubt that choosing to refinish the existing tiles will be much less expensive than installing new ones. That leaves more money for you to spend on other things, like new fixtures for the lavatory, or maybe even having the tub refinished along with the tiles.

There’s no need to live with a bathroom that is anything less than attractive. Take a moment to learn more about the basics of tile refinishing and consider what this strategy would do for your bathroom in order to create that perfect house improvement. After getting a better idea of how it can transform the look and still be kind to your budget, there’s a good chance that you will be on the phone and arranging for a professional to drop by and provide a quote.


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Bathroom Remodeling: What to Expect During Bathroom Reglazing

Bathroom Remodeling: What to Expect During Bathroom Reglazing | A1 ReglazingBathrooms remodels are always fun since the smaller space means that even the simplest of changes will make a dramatic impact. While a fresh coat of paint will go a long way toward making your bathroom look better, there always comes a point when you have to take a good long look at your bathtub and shower and decide if it is time to invest in an expensive and lengthy replacement. Fortunately, you do have an alternative with bathroom reglazing, which provides long lasting results that transform your bathroom into a relaxing oasis.

Identify Your Needs

It is important to begin by fully assessing your bathroom space. As you do so, look for the following problems that can be repaired by bathroom reglazing.

• Discoloration
• Outdated color scheme
• Chips
• Scratches
• Dull finish

As you inspect your bathroom, keep in mind that many people discover that having their shower reglazed often makes the other areas of their bathroom look older. For this reason, it may be necessary to have your sinks and other fixtures re-finished so that everything looks brand new.

Schedule Your Estimate

Once you have an idea of what you need to have re-finished, you will be ready to schedule an estimate. During this visit, a professional will look over your bathroom to make sure it is ready for refinishing. For example, it is critical for the materials used in bathroom reglazing to remain dry for a short time after the procedure so you will need to have things like leaky faucets repaired. Once they have measured your shower and looked at the materials, they will provide you with an estimate so you will know exactly how it will factor into your budget.

Prepare for the Process

One of the best things about shower reglazing is that there is very little prep work involved for the homeowner. In fact, you can use the shower right before they get there if you want. Usually, you will need to remove any personal products from the area being reglazed, and you should be prepared to use another bathroom if you must shower within the next 24-hours since it does require some time to cure. During the actual reglazing, a professional will use special cleaners to remove any hard water deposits and dirt so you do not even have to worry about cleaning.

Know How It’s Done

Once the surface of your shower has been cleaned, it will also be sanded to further remove any debris and smooth out any damage such as scratches. Next, an etching agent will be used to make sure that the refinishing coats will fully bond to the surface. Finally, multiple coats of fiberglass or acrylic finishing will be applied to your shower to give it that beautiful high gloss finish. Throughout the entire process, your bathroom will be professionally ventilated so that you never have to worry about fumes or chemicals in the rest of your house.

When a shower is reglazed properly, it can last for up to 20 years. Your new finish will also require the same level of maintenance as your original shower. Simply make sure to clean it regularly, repair any leaky fixtures and avoid dropping heavy objects on the surface. With proper care, you can enjoy your new bathroom update while relaxing in a glossy shower that offers the ultimate luxury.


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