... or to take arms against a sea of new tiles.
We have definitively decided to reglaze the guest bath tub and enclosure, rather than shell out for a new tub, new tiles and the extremely expensive labor required to install tile (not to mention the backerboard, waterproof membrane, etc., that underlies it all).
Reglazing is all the rage on shows like Designed to Sell, since you can dramatically change the whole look of a bathroom for less than $500, and with a single-day project that requires no messy, dusty demolition. But, as we have learned all too well from our recent Ikea smackdown, things can look deceptively lovely in pictures and video but cheap and yucky in person.
But it's hard not to believe when reglazers offer transformations like this:
Or, even more convincingly, from this:
It's not perfect, of course. It's basically an epoxy resin that's applied to the tile, grout and other surfaces, and it has a finite life -- typically about five years, though we're getting a guarantee for that full period. It can get scratched, and things like bath mats and hair dye can harm it, which isn't true with regular tile. But for the time and monetary investment, we really can't do any better that this: ~$500 per bathroom as opposed to $3000+ for new tile and installation.
Bonus: no more moldy grout, since the grout gets covered with epoxy too.
If we like the result in the guest bath, we'll do the same thing in the master. We'll see how it goes...
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