There is a big difference between renovation and restoration, and the latter is undoubtedly the more difficult of the two. While renovators often get the luxury of stripping or completely gutting a place and letting their imaginations run rampant on a blank slate, restorers must be careful and deliberate and weigh every decision against the original. But restorers often end up with a particularly beautiful and authentic end piece and the reward of a successful preservation.
One of the hardest places to do such restoration is undoubtedly the bathroom. After all, there is a common societal consensus that a bathroom needs to be a totally septic environment, and that can be hard in old bathrooms where bacteria has been growing and hiding in grout and the many crevices and nooks that that bathrooms and appliances offer.\
Luckily, all of the signs of wear and age can be eliminated to reveal the shining surfaces underneath with one method: refinishing. By refinishing the tile and tub features of the bathroom you wish to restore, you will be able to retain all of its beauty while at the same time making the space your own and keeping it clean and healthy.
This option is especially appealing when it comes to old bathtubs. Bathtub surface repairs can go a really long way in preserving the whole piece, and they really don’t make tubs the way they used to, do they? If you are lucky enough to have an older, majestic tub in your master bathroom, there is absolutely no reason why you should replace it. However, it likely does need some serious refinishing. After all, germs and bacteria could be hiding in the cracks, and tub refinishing can make it last for an additional ten years or more.
Tile is another part of the bathroom that is often worth saving, but undoubtedly needs more work. This is especially true with subway tiles and similar ornate tile work. Whether there is missing tile or grout inconsistencies, most tile installation contractors are fully prepared for ceramic tile refinishing so that you don’t have to even consider getting rid of the original work.
From bathtub surface repairs to tile removal and replacement, you can effectively restore your historic or vintage bathroom by sealing cracks and doing some deep cleaning. Don’t sacrifice your beautiful bathroom for the sake of out-of-character appliances and pieces.