When I bought my home, the bathroom was one of the least-used rooms. It had a tub that was old and worn out, the sink didn’t match, and the walls were a dingy shade of beige. I decided to fix it up using some simple steps you can follow as well!
Tools You’ll Need Before You Begin
You’ll need a few tools before you begin, including:
- Screwdrivers (to remove the old tub surround)
- Pliers (to pull off nails and other hardware)
- Hammer or mallet (to tap out the old caulk and other materials)
- Tape measure (to make sure the tub is level when installing new surround)
You may also want to consider investing in a tool kit with some extra pieces, such as: * Utility knife or box cutter for cutting caulk around the corners of your bathtub; this will help prevent drips. * Level for measuring floor levels and ensuring that your tub is properly installed before applying tile or stone finish. * Drill with bits large enough for screws on your existing fixtures; if unsure which size bit is needed, consult with someone at your local hardware store who specializes in plumbing supplies before purchasing this tool online. This will ensure that all necessary parts are included when buying online instead of having to return them later due to missing pieces from damaged packaging during shipment from the manufacturer.
Step 1. Remove Old Tub and Finish
To start, you’ll need to remove the old bathtub. Start by using a screwdriver to remove any screws that are holding it in place. If your tub is one piece of fiberglass (without a steel shell), use a hack saw or reciprocating saw with a metal blade to cut through the bottom and remove it from the wall. Then, take off any caulk around the top edge of the tub and loosen any remaining adhesive with an acetone-based solvent like Goo Gone or Goof Off. Once you’ve got everything ready, move on to Step 2: Preparing your bathroom surfaces for resurfacing.
Step 2. Fix the Walls If Necessary
Take a moment to inspect the walls around your tub. If there are cracks, holes, or any other imperfections that need to be fixed, do so now. Use drywall patches and joint compound (or another wall filler) to fill in any gaps or holes you notice.
After cleaning off any old tile grout from the surface of the walls with a rag or sponge, apply a new layer of drywall compound over top. This will create an even base on which you can apply paint later on when it’s time for step 3 in this process: applying a new tile!
Step 3. Apply Adhesive to the Tub
Once you have applied the adhesive to your tub and are ready to install your new liner, make sure that you have a perfect fit by laying it out on top of the adhesive. If there is any excess space or overlap in the corners, use a trowel or spreader to scrape away what needs to be removed before pressing the liner into place. Remember not to get any of the glue onto yourself or anything else around your bathroom as it can cause major damage!
After 24 hours have passed since applying the glue (or another sealant), you should now be able to install your new-and-improved tub liner with confidence knowing that no leaks will occur whatsoever!
Step 4. Install Drain and Overflow
- Install drain and overflow.
- Make sure the drain is properly aligned. Use a level to make sure it’s straight.
- Make sure the overflow is installed correctly, too!
- Don’t place anything on top of your new bathtub that could cause structural damage or collapse (like, say, a heavy marble statue). Do put towels down between the tub and wall so that they don’t mark up your paint job as you slide into it after a long day at work—a little bit of forethought goes a long way when it comes to creating an inviting atmosphere in your bathroom!
Step 5. Place Liner Into Tub
- Once the liner is in, use a serrated knife to trim out any excess at the top edge of the tub.
- Caulk all joints and perimeter seams with silicone caulk.
Step 6. Trim Out Top Edge
Trimming out the top edge of the tile is a little bit tricky, but if you have the right tools and a level and straight edge, it will go smoothly.
First, use a tile cutter to trim off any excess tiles around the corners so they are flush with your new grout lines. You can either set up an outdoor workstation or cut these pieces inside near a window (just make sure not to leave any grout dust behind).
Next, place the flat side of your new grouts between two straight edges (like boards) and tap them gently with a hammer until they’re all flush with each other. This way you won’t have to worry about cutting anything unevenly by hand!
Step 7. Apply Caulk to Joints, Perimeter, and Floor
For this step, you’ll need to make sure to have your caulk gun and latex caulking ready. First, go around all of the joints between the tub and walls. This includes areas where pipes, fixtures, or tiles are installed into the wall. Caulk these areas so that water won’t be able to seep through. Next, apply caulking around any gaps between tiles and grout lines on floors or walls. Finally, spread an even coat over the entire floor surface as well as vertical surfaces such as walls and fixtures where necessary.
It is simple to transform your bathroom by resurfacing it with new tiles, a tub liner, and efficient plumbing!
It is simple to transform your bathroom by resurfacing it with new tiles, a tub liner, and efficient plumbing. You can do this yourself or hire a professional. The first step is to decide what material you want to use for your new bathroom. Once you have decided on the material, then it’s time to get started. Using these steps:
- Planning Your Project – Make sure you know exactly what needs to be done for your project to go smoothly without any issues later down the road!
- Materials Selection – Choose from many different types of materials such as tile, tub liners, or even real wood floors! We’ll tell you everything about each one so you know exactly where its strengths lie before making any decisions about what type would work best for your home.
- Installation Instructions – Follow along as we explain how easy (or difficult) installing each type can be depending on factors like size/type/style etc. This section will also provide tips & tricks so that even beginners feel confident enough about their abilities when working towards completing their dream bathroom project!
We hope this article has given you some new ideas and inspiration to change your bathroom. Whether you’re building a brand new one or just freshening up an existing space, we think it’s time to start planning that renovation!