How to transform an outdated tub, and tile for less than $30!

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Does your bathroom need a renovation? If so, there are plenty of ways to update your bathroom without having to spend a lot of money. Most bathroom renovations that require taking out the tile and replacing the bathtub would cost up to or more than $1,000. So if you don't have the extra money for this, you could be waiting a while to renovate. There are, however, simple do it yourself home improvements that you can try out in your bathroom that will possibly tide you over until you can afford the major renovations. These diy ideas are great for a home you've just purchased that is in need of some major updates. They could also be great for rental units, as long as you have the landlord or property manager's permission first of course. In fact, Anna from Ask Anna Moseley shares that she was able to do her diy bathroom upgrade for less than $30 US. You might be wondering how that was possible so you can do your own do it yourself home improvements in your bathroom affordably. This diy idea will teach us how to paint bathroom tile and the bathtub to bring the bathroom into the 21st century.

It may sound difficult and like it would cost a lot of money, but this diy idea is actually pretty simple, and as mentioned previously, it's also very affordable too. All you need is a Tub and Tile Transformation kit by Rust-Oleum, a bathroom cleaner and sponge, 180 grit sand paper, an Exacto knife, bathtub caulking and a caulking gun. Before she began her diy makeover, Anna's bathroom was very pink. She had very outdated pinkish cream coloured tile and a dusty pink bathtub which may have been popular and stylish in the 50s or even in the 80s, but not so much anymore. White is a much better colour for a modern day bathroom because it can go with anything else you want to decorate with. Instead of replacing the bathtub which could cost more than $500, Anna went with the Rust-Oleum kit that allows you to paint the tub and the surrounding tile with a water safe paint. You also have to remove all of the caulking and replace that too for a consistent, clean look, so here's how you would get started as per Anna's great diy advice.

You have to prepare the entire tub area by cleaning well first. You can use your regular cleaner and do a deep clean of the entire area and then rinse it clean and dry it. Next, you have to remove all of the caulking with the Exacto knife which will make your job much easier. Then, once you're done with the caulking, you can take off all of the shower and bath fixtures and hardware. The next step is to sand down the surfaces to buff them and remove the glossy shine so that the product will stick better. These steps don't take too long, maybe 45 minutes to an hour or so. Then, once you're ready, you mix up the product as advised on the instructions that come with it. Make sure you keep the bathroom really well ventilated because this stuff is really strong. You could even wear a ventilator if you needed to. Tape off the walls with painter's tape and then you can start to paint. Right away you see the difference it's going to make which is so exciting. One good tip is to do the tiles first so you can stand in the bathtub while you paint them. Then the bathtub next. Check out the before and after photos and visit Anna's website for the full instructions.***

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