4 Cost-Effective Ways to Update a Bathroom for 2016

Cost-Effective Ways to Update a Bathroom for 2016

Cost-Effective Ways to Update a Bathroom for 2016

The New Year can be a time of evaluation and reflection, when people think about how they want to improve certain aspects of their lives and then make resolutions to reach those goals in the coming months.

If your resolutions for 2016 involve updating and beautifying your living space, here are some ways to stretch your budget and cost effectively renovate your home’s bathrooms:

  1. Refinish the bathtub – If your bathtub is no longer a place where you feel comfortable or enjoy bathing (due to, for example, rusting or other damage), bathtub refinishing can give your tub new life, as well as a new look. As we pointed out in a recent blog, refinishing is generally a more-cost effective alternative to replacing tubs, and the process can be completed far more quickly, minimizing the time you are out one bathroom in your home.
  2. Refinish the tile & the countertops – The benefits of refinishing are not limited to your bathtub. If the unsightly areas of your bathroom extend to the tile and/or countertops in your bathroom, these too can be refinished, rather than replaced, affording you the same benefits as bathtub refinishing.
  3. Change your lighting scheme – Believe it or not, how your bathroom is lit can change the feel of the entire room. So when you are ready to update your bathrooms, at the very least, consider changing out the bulbs to affect new lighting. For a more dramatic difference, replace the lighting fixtures and consider moving them to different locations to develop a new lighting scheme for the room.
  4. Replace other fixtures, linens and other small items – With the money you saved refinishing your bathtub, tile and/or countertops, consider replacing some of the other smaller fixtures in your bathroom, such as the toilet paper holder, the switch plates or even the faucet handles. Similarly, getting new towels, a new shower curtain and other smaller items can put the finishing touches on your bathroom, giving it a brand new look and feel you can enjoy in 2016.

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4 Fun & Budget-Friendly Christmas Decorating Ideas for Your Bathroom

Fun & Budget-Friendly Christmas Decorating Ideas for Your Bathroom

Fun & Budget-Friendly Christmas Decorating Ideas for Your Bathroom

‘Tis the season for spreading good cheer, giving gifts and celebrating the holidays with loved ones.

If celebrating the holidays this year also means that you are putting on a Christmas party, then ‘tis also the season to decorate and get your home ready for guests.

As you go to work preparing your home, here are some fun ways to add some warmth and holiday cheer to your bathroom:

  1. Add a festive toilet seat cover – Replace your current cover (or simply add a cover) with one that is red or green or that displays a fun Christmas scene. Add a matching floor mat around the base of the toilet to tie the look together.Budget tipInstead of buying a new cover and mat, you could also add some unused tree ornaments, candles and other decorations to the back of the toilet/top of the toilet tank.
  2. Add Christmas lights around the vanity – One string of white or colored lights around the mirror or vanity in a bathroom can add some more Christmas cheer, as well as some soft, welcoming lighting.

    Budget tipIf you have already used all of your Christmas lights and don’t want to purchase any more, you can get a similar soft, warm lighting effect by adding some candles to the vanity area.

  3. Change out your shower curtain – And add one that promotes the Christmas spirit in your bathroom.

    Budget tipInstead of buying a new shower curtain, you can also spruce up your current one, adding a festive touch to it by hanging a few water resistant ornaments from the o-rings holding up the curtain.

  4. Replace the soap/soap dispensers with Christmas soaps/dispensers – Get soaps that are shaped or smell like common Christmas items (trees, candy, etc.). Or change out your soap dispensers for ones that are Christmas themed.

    Budget tip – If you don’t want to buy new soap dispensers, add a Christmas touch to them by tying some festive Christmas colored ribbons around them. If your dispenser is longer and taller, try wrapping red ribbon around it to make it look like a candy cane.

Enhance the Décor by Refinishing the Tile & Tub

If Christmas decorations are not enough to spruce up your bathroom and make it guest-friendly, it may be time to refinish your bathtub and/or tile. Refinishing is less expensive than you think, and it can be done within a few days.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Estimate

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Tub & Tile Restoration versus Replacement

Why restoration is a better alternative than replacement for tubs & tile

Why restoration is a better alternative than replacement for tubs & tile

When you are ready to invest in updating a bathroom, two of the various decisions you may have to make can involve whether you want to restore or replace the aging bathtub and tile. While both restoration and replacement can have the same outcomes – making your bathroom look fresh and new again, the costs and processes associated with these different options can vary dramatically.

And understanding these differences can help you extend your renovation dollars so that you can make as many home improvements with your budget as possible.

Benefits of Tile & Tub Restoration (over Replacement)

  • Lower costsRestoration is usually only a fraction of the cost of replacement for both tile and tubs. This is because, in general, with restoration, there will be less demo work, there won’t be as many new (and expensive) materials to purchase, and getting the job done can require less labor overall.
  • Faster turnaround timesRestoring tile and tubs typically takes far less time than replacing them.  In fact, when it comes to refinishing and restoring tubs, the entire process (including the work and the time needed to allow the work to set) tends to take less than 30 hours (for tile, the amount of time can vary according to the area of the tile being restored). This means that, within days, you can get back to using your bathroom, whereas you may be out of your bathroom for weeks or longer with tile and tub replacement work.
  • Lasting results – While restoring tubs and tile is generally cheaper and faster than replacing them, restoration also comes with the benefit of enduring results, with restored tubs and tile lasting up to 15 or 20 years, if not longer, with the proper maintenance. This can really maximize the return on your renovation investments.

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5 Bathroom Beautification Tips from Hotel Pros

Bathroom Beautification Tips from Hotel Pros

Bathroom Beautification Tips from Hotel Pros

The holiday season is upon us. For many people, this means that it’s time to get presents for loved ones. For others, it may also mean that now is the time to start preparing their home for guests who will be visiting (or staying with) them at Christmas time.

If you are among those who will be welcoming holiday guests in your home this year, one the essential places that will have to be prepped will be the bathroom.

To help you get your bathroom ready, here are some essential bathroom beautification tips from hotel industry professionals.

How to Prep Your Bathroom for Holiday Visitors

  1. Start with cleaning – As simple and obvious as it sounds, thoroughly cleaning your bathroom is one of the best first steps to take when you are getting ready to welcome houseguests. A good cleaning should include scrubbing places that may not get cleaned in your day-to-day (or weekly) cleaning sessions, such as the tile grout, around the base of the tub/toilet and around lighting fixtures. Getting these commonly overlooked spots can significantly brighten up a bathroom.
  2. Update the lighting – If it’s been a while since you have replaced the light bulbs in your bathroom, now is the time to do so. And while doing this, consider getting different types of bulbs (or maybe even new lighting fixtures) to spruce up the look and feel of your bathroom.
  3. Get new linens – While this can simply be a new set of towels (bath and/or hand towels) for your guests, you can also take this a step further and replace the mat outside of your tub and/or around your toilet. If you really want to welcome your guests with luxury, you could also provide plush new bathrobes for them.
  4. Add some luxurious travel toiletries – Get some nice, travel-sized shampoo, soap and other toiletries to provide a hotel-esque welcoming experience. If you want to take this offering a step further, you could even customize these soaps/toiletries.
  5. Don’t forget the personal touches – Think about who your guests are and what else may enhance their comfort in your bathroom. For instance, if you will have elderly loved ones staying with you, installing a temporary grip to assist them in entering/getting out of the shower can be helpful. Or, if you will have younger guests, add a few festive bath toys (or travel bubble bath) to the bathroom. These personalized touches can warm your guests hearts as they see you have taken care to make them feel as welcome as possible.

Not Enough? Consider Refinishing the Tile and/or Tub in Your Bathroom

If the above tips are not sufficient to prepare your bathroom for guests, it may be time to refinish the tile and/or bathtub in your bathroom. Refinishing these elements can make them appear new for a fraction of the cost of replacement. And the process can be done within days so that you have minimal disruptions in your home as you prepare for the holidays.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Tile and Bathtub Refinishing Estimate

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4 Accents to Decorate Your Bathroom for Thanksgiving

Cost-effective ways to decorate your bathroom for Thanksgiving

Cost-effective ways to decorate your bathroom for Thanksgiving

If you will be hosting your family’s Thanksgiving celebrations this year and you want to go the extra mile with your festivities, why not decorate one or more of your bathrooms? The following are some simple, low-cost ways to spice up a bathroom for Thanksgiving and make this year’s party one to remember.

Decorate Your Bathrooms for Thanksgiving With…

  1. Pumpkin soaps and soap dispensers – This is a relatively cheap and fun way to bring both the smells and sights of fall into your bathroom. While you can keep it simple with a few pumpkin hand soaps or a small pumpkin soap dispenser, you could take this to the next level by adding some pumpkin spice scented shower soaps also.
  2. Fall colored towels – Add a green, brown and/or orange towel color scheme to your bathroom. You could keep this exclusive to the hand towels if you want to extend your decorating budget as far as possible.
  3. Faux fall leaf garlands around shelving – If you have some shelving or hooks in your bathroom, another fun way to add the feel of Thanksgiving can be to add a faux fall leaf strand around these wall features. You could even go an extra step and add some mini pumpkins to your shelving, the back of your toilet and/or the vanity.
  4. Pine cones and fall candles – Pine cones in a glass jar, coupled with fall-scented candles, can also bring the Thanksgiving spirit to your bathroom. If you are crafty or want to add a personal touch, spray the pine cones with a gold glitter flake.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Estimate

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How to Update Your Tub Surrounding: 6 Steps

Steps to updating a tub surrounding

Steps to updating a tub surrounding

While time and daily use can wear down your bathtub and shower, it can also start to deteriorate the surroundings of tubs, causing tiles to come loose, colors to fade and the appearance to be less than appealing.

When you are ready to update the surrounding walls, here are the essential steps to take:

  1. Start with flat, structurally sound, clean walls – If the walls are not flat, glue down any loose tiles; if there are a lot of loose tiles, remove them, and cover the wall with water-resistant drywall.
  2. Prep the area around the walls – This includes laying down cardboard in the tub, putting plastic sheeting over the tub, and removing the showerhead, faucet handles and tub spout. If there is any shelving, racks or soap dishes on the walls that will be updated, remove these fixtures also.
  3. Sand the walls – As you do this, remember to wear eye protection, and remove any remaining sanding dust with a damp cloth to keep the surface clean.
  4. Measure out the materials to be applied – This step will vary according to the type of material you will be applying to your walls. If you will be updating with wall paneling, cut out the proper panel sizes with a circular saw or a router. Cut out holes for features you want to mount to the new walls (like soap dishes, towel racks, etc.).
  5. Apply silicon adhesive to the wall and start laying the materials – Apply the glue in a grid pattern, and firmly press the materials (panels/tile) to the wall.
  6. Install your decorative molding and let the adhesive set – Put up any decorative molding or trim if desired and let the silicon adhesive set for at least 24 hours.

What can really complement a new tub surrounding is a newly refinished bathtub. In fact, the combination of these updates can breathe new life into a bathroom, changing the feel of the room and making it far more attractive.

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Top 5 Weirdest Products for Bathrooms

New inventions and products can save us time and make our lives easier. Not always, though, as some products that may have seemed promising in theory may just end up being bizarre in application.

The following are a handful of some these odd products for bathrooms that you may want to think twice about before buying (or that you may want to keep in mind when it’s time to buy a loved one gag gift):

  • Custom printed/colored toilet paper – Want to spruce up your boring toilet paper? Some companies are offering custom prints for toilet paper, providing neon colors, black or even designs – like printed money or people’s pictures. Though you may not want to make this your standard toilet paper, it can be fun for parties or certain types of events.
  • Toilet putting green – Need a distraction while doing your business? The makers of the toilet putting green have replaced the book or magazine with a faux grass mat that fits around toilets and comes with a putter, golf ball and small putting hole.
  • The toilet throne – Want to feel like the king of the castle in your bathroom? Well the makers of the wooden toilet throne can let you bring this experience to any of your bathrooms (at a price that is fit for a king). 
  • Toilets for two – Need a buddy while you do your business? Adding more people into the bathroom experience isn’t for everyone. But those who may want some company can invite a friend in with a toilet for two that has a privacy wall between two adjoined toilets facing each other (a few feet apart). If you’ll be staying a while, these toilets even come with docking stations and LCD TVs.
  • Toilet & tile tattoos – Want to give your toilet and/or bathroom tile a new, edgy look? Well you can with a toilet & tile tattoos that come in traditional and custom designs (even in the classic hearted “Mom” tattoo) that can be easily removed when you are ready for another new look.

Want to Invest in a Bathroom Update that Will Pay Off in the Long Run? Refinish Your Tub

Here are some odd products for bathrooms we’ve run across. Ready to make a good bathroom investment? Bathtub refinishing is the way to go.

Here are some odd products for bathrooms we’ve run across. Ready to make a good bathroom investment? Bathtub refinishing is the way to go.

While the wacky items above can be fun novelty items, when you want to invest in a bathroom update that will bring a great return in the long run, refinishing your bathtub is the way to go.

Bathtub refinishing can make tubs look like new for a fraction of the cost of replacing a tub. It can also change the entire look and feel of a bathroom.

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3 Major Downsides of DIY Tub Liners & Spray Refinishes

When you are ready to renovate a bathroom, finding ways to cut costs can help you extend your renovation dollars as far as possible. One effective way to do this can be to keep your old tub, refinishing your tub instead of completely replacing it.

While you may be intent on doing your entire bathroom update yourself, however, hiring a professional to refinish your tub – rather than going the do-it-yourself (DIY) method with a tub liner or spray refinish – is well worth the investment. We’ll explain why below.

Why to Avoid DIY Tub Liners & Spray Refinishes

Want to add a liner/spray refinish to your tub yourself? Here are the top reasons you may want to rethink that and call us for a bathtub refinishing quote.

Want to add a liner/spray refinish to your tub yourself? Here are the top reasons you may want to rethink that and call us for a bathtub refinishing quote.

Some of the major problems that tend to arise with DIY tub liners and spray refinishes include (but are by no means limited to):

  • Improper application – With liners, this can mean that the liner is not smoothly or properly affixed to the surface of a tub. This can create bubbles, open seams at the edges of tubs and other unsightly issues. With spray refinishes, improper application can lead to uncovered portions of the tub and uneven application of the spray.
  • Water leakage and infiltration – When liners and spray refinishes are not properly applied to tubs, there are far greater chances that water will penetrate the newly added layer and become trapped between the top layer and the tub.
  • Accelerated damage to tubs – With water trapped on the surface of tubs, tubs can start to rust, and other residue can begin to eat away at the surface of tubs. This can end up causing more damage than if you didn’t do the DIY “fix” in the first place.

All of this can end up meaning that your efforts to try to save money and cut costs upfront can end up costing your more down the line, as shoddy DIY liners and spray refinishes can end up ruining perfectly good older tubs, causing people to have to buy new tubs far soon they would have had to otherwise.

So, the bottom line is that it can be best to leave your bathtub updates to professionals who can complete them perfectly, providing a warranty, for still far less than a new bathtub would cost.

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5 Cost-Effective Ways to Spruce Up a Boring Bathroom

You don’t have to break the bank to give your bathroom a fresh, new look. In fact, here are some budget-friendly bathroom update ideas that can change the look and feel of your bathrooms:

  • Ready to spruce up your boring bathroom on a budget? Here are some simple things you can do. Contact us for a free bathtub refinishing quote.

    Ready to spruce up your boring bathroom on a budget? Here are some simple things you can do. Contact us for a free bathtub refinishing quote.

    Add salvaged shutters by your tub – Lending a shabby chic feel to bathrooms, salvaged shutters can also divide the bathroom space in a new way, possibly even creating more privacy for the tub area.

  • Change up the flooring – Have a tiled bathroom? Why not replace it with pebbled tile or wood planking? While you may only want to change up a portion of the flooring if you are under a time or budget crunch, switching up the entire floor can alter the entire appearance and feel of your bathroom.
  • Switch out your sink or sink stand – Have a cabinet beneath your sink? Or a larger sink base? Try switching out this base for a pedestal so that your sink takes up less room, opening up your bathroom. If you need the storage space provided by the cabinet, consider adding shelves or a cabinet right outside of the bathroom (so you can leave as much open space as possible within the bathroom).
  • Change the shape or position of the mirrors – Consider changing flat mirrors to beveled ones, square mirrors to round ones or possibly leaving in the mirrors you have now and adding in some more to make the bathroom space more dynamic. Altering the mirror scheme in your bathroom can go a long way towards changing the way the space within that room feels.
  • Change your lighting & lighting fixtures – Have overhead lighting in your bathroom? Consider changing to wall lighting, updating the overhead fixtures or even simply changing the type of bulbs you use to alter the lighting scheme in your bathroom. Different lighting, particularly when coupled with some of the above changes, can also lend a fresh look and feel to a bathroom.

Want to Take Your Bathroom Update to the Next Level? Refinish Your Tub…

Updating the features around a tub may not always be sufficient to truly refresh the look and feel of bathrooms – especially if an older eyesore of a bathtub remains the centerpiece of the room. If you are ready to take your bathroom updates to the next level, refinishing your bathtub can be a great move, costing less than it would to replace your tub while giving it a new look and new life.

Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Estimate

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4 Must-Haves for a Heavenly, Relaxing Bathroom

As the weather starts to get colder, you may be spending more time indoors – and you may have noticed that your bathroom is not as blissful or relaxing as it could be.

If you find yourself in this situation and you are ready for a new project this fall/winter, here are some things to consider doing to renovate your bathroom to make it more relaxing and restorative.

Make Your Bathroom More Relaxing & Enjoyable By…

  1. When you want to make your bathroom more relaxing, here are a few cost-effective things you can do, our tub repair pros explain.

    When you want to make your bathroom more relaxing, here are a few cost-effective things you can do, our tub repair pros explain.

    Getting the tub refinished – Is your tub too old, damaged or dirty to bathe in? If so, this is the first place to start when you want to improve the comfort of your bathroom. By refinishing your tub, you can get rid of all of the unsightly damage, essentially giving you the look and feel of a new tub, but for way less than a new tub would cost.

  2. Investing in an all-in-one tub caddy – Now that you can bathe in your tub again (because it’s been refinished), invest in a tub caddy that can hold soap, a book and even a glass of wine as you soak in your new tub! This is truly one of the most blissful ways to enjoy and relax in your bathroom – and a caddy makes it easy to do so with some extra luxuries.
  3. Getting some no-slip grips – Part of a heavenly bathroom experience is eliminating the dangers of slipping and falling as you bathe. So, for stress-free entrance into/exit out of the tub, consider getting some no-slip grips to add to the walls outside of your shower/tub. If you have an elderly person living/bathing in your home, you may even consider adding a walk-in tub.
  4. Lightening it up – Another way to make your bathroom as comfortable and relaxing as possible can be brighten it up by refinishing the tile, adding a lighter coat of paint and/or adding ambient lighting around the room.

Want Professional Help Revitalizing Your Bathroom? Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today

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