Was your bathroom built before the 1990’s? If so, you may be feeling the need to give it an overhaul and bring it up to date. Some people jump right in and give their bathroom a complete re-design all at once. Others do it one step at a time.

If you are looking to redo your bathroom by working on one project at a time, here are 3 ideas on easy ways you can update your bathtub:

New Fixtures

Sometimes, updating a bathroom is all about the details. The same thing goes for a bathtub. You can give your bathtub an entirely new look by simply changing the fixtures in and around it.

Start with the faucet. Find a new stylish faucet with matching handles, levers or knobs and install them yourself for an inexpensive, yet important update that will give your bathtub an entirely new look. Do the same with light fixtures and towel racks near your bathtub. You’ll be surprised at how these little changes can make a major difference.

Reline Your Tub

It could be that your old tub seems so outdated that you would rather completely replace it rather than spending any time or energy on updating it. Before you make that decision, consider relining or refinishing it instead. A professional relining can breathe new life into your old bathtub making it more attractive.

If you are up for some work, you can even re-finish porcelain, cast iron or fiberglass tubs on your own. This will take some time and money though. You can find a basic refinishing kit for around $150, but be prepared to spend additional money on other supplies such as a sander, spray gun, face masks and paint brushes.

Perhaps a relining is not in the budget for now. You might start with some fresh caulk and grout. These are both important but often-overlooked details of a bathtub. Spending some time cleaning the grout and adding fresh caulk can make a huge difference in the way your bathtub looks.


You might be surprised at how much accessories can help give your old bathtub a fresh look. Start by changing the color of the towels you hang from towel racks over your bathtub. Match the colors of your towels with soaps and candles that rest in the corners or on the edges of your tub. A stack of rolled washcloths in a dish or other water safe container can help to add depth and detail to your bathtub.

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These are just a few ideas on how you can give your bathtub a more updated look with minimal investment of time and money. Some of this you will be able to do yourself while other projects may require the help of a professional. If you need professional help, be sure to give Boydco Plumbing a call at 602-335-0323.