Do you hate the look or color of your worn or outdated bathtub or sink? Re-finish it yourself! My Mother, the woman who can do anything, seems to know everything (or will go out of her way to find out the answer) had a tub in her main bath that she just couldn’t stand any longer.
The old tub had a scratched and worn surface that made all of her decorating in that bath seem “shabby” despite it’s colorful elegance. She kept the shower curtain closed just to hide the ugly thing! She decided that since bringing in a professional to re-paint it for her was going to cost more than she wanted to spend, with a little research, she found a product that allowed her to give it a brilliant, fresh finish for just $15.00
Popular Home Improvement stores now carry re-finishing kits that you can do yourself. This is a two day project as it requires 2 coats. It’s self leveling and looks like a brand new tub!
My biggest recommendation when re-finishing tubs, tile, counter tops, etc is to tape, tape, TAPE!!!! You need to protect surrounding areas to prevent product from being applied to those areas as well by mistake. When taping off an area, I apply blue painters tape and then “burnish” it with a tablespoon from the kitchen. This helps to “seal” the tape edges so that product or paint doesn’t slip up underneath (a problem we have ALL experienced before).
The thing about being a “do it yourself ” person is that you MUST be willing to have patience and to do it right, not rushing through the project or the outcome will be less than what you had hoped for, which is not only a waste of money, but of your precious time as well. We CAN do these projects and we CAN get spectacular, professional results!
In my younger days, I used to rush through projects like this, thinking I could speed the process along by skipping bits of the instructions that didn’t seem important, or not taking the time to pre-prep or tape surrounding areas effectively. After years of being disappointed with my own “do it yourself” projects, I finally learned. So do take your time, relax and don’t worry if a project “takes two coats” or it takes a few days to cure and harden. That’s a small price to pay for a project you will be completely delighted with and will last you for years to come.