My house was built in the 60s. The bathroom is small. I can't afford to completely remodel (rip out walls and replace/redesign everything), but something has to be done to make the bathroom better. I'd like to also do things that will be better in the long run should I decide to sell the house in the future.
TUB: The tub is large, but the porcelain is worn and chipped. It needs to be resurfaced. I was going to have a company come in and re-porcelain it. It is white now. the tile that covers half of the bathroom is white. (1) Should I get it reporcelained by a company? (2) If so, what color? (3) There is no shower, should I add a shower and those sliding shower doors?
TOILET: Currently, the toilet is small. It has an old wooden seat that is broken and needs to be replaced. The hardware is old looking too. I think I should totally replace the toilet. (4) Do you agree?
SINK: Currently there is a cabinet sink that it probably 20 years old. It is stained and needs new hardware….
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…This is the only bathroom in the house, so this sink will get used every day. We don't really need the cabinet space because there are three cabinets mounted on the wall in the bathroom and a linen closet right outside of the bathroom. If I install a shower, one cabinet will have to be taken out. (5) Should I install a pedestal sink or one with a counter or cabinet?
(1) Yes. Get it reglazed. I was amazed at how good a reglazed tub looks. Plus, I think the old tubs are a better quality and are worth retaining. Cost me $70 to reglaze a 5' tub.
(2) Suggest you stay with white for the tub. No matter what you might do in the future to this bathroom, white will fit it with it.
(3) Suggest no sliding doors. Cleaning shower doors and their tracks is a royal pain. Go with a gorgeous curtain. You can also use a curved curtain rod so that the curtain bows out and does not cling to you while you are showering. The space feels more spacious.
(4) Yes, replace the toilet. I can HIGHLY recommend splurging on a Toto toilet, if you can.
(5) Pedestal sinks are nice, but you do lose storage and counterspace. Suggest you stay with a cabinet. (I changed one bathroom to have a pedestal sink since it was such a small bathroom. I now have to store spare paper and cleaning items elsewhere.) Lowes/Home Depot has some great 'all in ones' (cabinet/counter) available that are stunning.
Rating: 3 out of 5