We have a small bathroom on our lower level that has floor to ceiling "50s
yellow tile. I am thinking of having the tile surfaced by a firm that does
bathtub resurfacing any one tried this our knows of the results?
I've got the same situation, but my tile is the color of pink puke. My
suggestions are based on my desire to destroy, and quickly:
You didn't mention what it costs to resurface, or exactly what material will
be used to resurface. But if it were my house, I'd remove the tiles, risk
ANY amount of damage to the wall beneath, and if necessary, install all new
sheetrock. You could remove the tiles yourself, and hire someone to do the
sheetrock. You may have to remove the old sheetrock if it's damaged enough
during the tile removal. But, you gain a distinct advantage: You get down to
the beams, at which point you can easily install all sorts of things you may
want later, like more outlets, a nice fan, etc.
Generally speaking, I think it's very bad to use a non-weird material (like
sheetrock, wood or plaster) to cover a material that is definitely in the
category of WEIRD, like tile. How is it weird? Imagine that you want to
mount a picture or a towel rack. With the three non-weird materials I
mentioned, you know exactly what fasteners you'll need (anchors, certain
types of screws). But, if there's tile underneath, and another layer of
who-knows-what behind the tile, then what? And, imagine what the next
homeowner will have to go through. They'll find a way to put a permanent
curse on your heathen soul after dealing with a multi layer wall that makes
absolutely no sense and breaks all their drill bits.
Do it the clean way. Rip it all out. Don't be like my ex-wife, who watched
as I broke multiple nice drill bits trying to hang things in OUR bathroom,
and insisted that it would be "nice" to add yet another layer. The wall had
panelling on top of plaster on top of what seemed to be 1/8" tin. Behind
that was a layer of lath which bowed inward when I tried to drill it. It
defied every cutting tool I could come up with, unless I finally used a
masonry bit. If I'd gotten my pistol permit sooner, I probably would've
tried that before the masonry bit.
Thanks. That was an excellent chuckle.
The sad thing is that in 20 or 30 years, today's newborns will be saying
the same thing about our granite counters and stainless appliances.
And yet strangely enough, I've seen places remodeled with new, shag
carpeting. I guess it all comes around sooner or later.
Chuckle? I'm mad!!!! My bathroom is disgusting. I just bought this house,
and I made the exact same mistakes (at age 51) that I did when I bought the
last place (at age 31): I fell in love with the land and the trees because
I'm a gardener before anything else. I didn't notice that the bathroom is
hideous and the work flow arrangement in the kitchen is a joke. I *did*
notice that the wiring was done by an anal retentive electrician. The wires
in the cellar are straighter than a highway running through Iowa. Amazing.
Back to the bathroom: Pass the explosives.
Sorry to be unclear the resurface material is sprayed on much like paint.
The same coating has been used in bathtubs with various results. I hope
walls since they are not always wet should work out even better
the biggest issue with this other than durability is that they point
over the tile and grout. You loose the distinction between the two
and the end result doesnt look very nice. Kind of looks like that
cheap 4X8 sheets of stuff you used to buy for $5.
Hey, they came to my house after they left yours.
I called it Pepto-Bismol Pink. I rented a chipping hammer,
often called a demolition hammer. Looks like a big drill with
a chisel tip. Cost 20 dollars for 4 hours, that's all I needed.
I used it along the studs, which is where the metal lath is
attached. Then I was able to use an angle grinder to cut
the metal lath, and the tile stuff came off incredibly easily.
Not much dust dust, not nearly as much as if I'd tried to beat
it all with a heavy hammer.
Since those walls have no insulation, I put in slabs of Styrofoam
that were sufficient to come exactly even with the studs. Then
I just used Greenboard on the walls, it's seriously solid with that
Styrofoam backing. And it's not nearly as easy to hear someone
fart in the bathroom now.
Ya know, there's a lot of wasted space in the 2x6 wall. So I added
a 2x2 to them, used the space between for shelves, and covered it
with cabinet doors that were a dollar apiece at a flea market. Since
there was so much storage space, I was able to justify a pedistal
sink, that gives enormously more room in the bathroom.
(Don't let your wives see this post.)
I've been watching a show on DIY called Bathroom Remodeling. A woman is
doing a gut-rehab on her bathroom, with some help from her father and
the occasional professional for plumbing and such.
Her starting point was that pink tile, see:
My next big project is a 1963 pepto bathroom too. What was with this folks?
Was it Jackie K?
I am just going to take it down to the studs and start over. I think trying a
surgical removal of the tile will take longer than hanging a few sheets of
I have give a BIG recommendation for Miracle Method. Had them recolor a
bath with tile that looked like popcorn flavor jelly bellies (yellowish
white with brown speckles). Last time I saw the bath (tub too) was 6 years
after the work and it still looked great - ONLY bathroom in the house with
2- 4 residents, plus home washed large dogs.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.