I am currently in the midst of a bathroom renovation. It has been an ongoing project for about 6 months now, but we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and I can actually start to imagine a day when I don’t have to shower in the basement. Ahhh! Anyway, the last step we took was to have the bathtub refinished. Our bathroom is small enough that there was nothing we could really do with regards to layout, so since the tub was going to stay in the same place and remain about the same size, I decided to look into the prospect of refinishing. Basically, the argument for refinishing is to save money, keep a perfectly good old tub out of a landfill, as well as prevent yourself from having to tear out a tub and haul it out of your house. Tubs are big and heavy so it could not only be a big job, but if you have to hire someone – it certainly isn’t going to be free.
I made some calls and did some research, and it seems like the going rate in KC is about $350 for tub refinishing. They basically just spray on a new coating that is guaranteed for 5 years, but can last up to 15+ years. Perhaps you are thinking of a big old clawfoot cast iron tub, but they can refinish any other kind of tub or sink too. The photo at left is of my bathtub newly refinished, and it is just an old ceramic tub (i think). According to Nulook Custom Finishes, they can perform the refinishing process on just about any surface, even countertops.
I’ll let you know how I like it once I actually start showering in my bathroom, or if we ever run into any problems, but I’m pretty sure it going to be great. Also, for those sellers out there with a dingy old tub or sink, I would urge you to look into this process – it can really make things look like new and we all know that is what the buyers want!