We know that reglazing a white bathtub is a cost effective way to spruce it up. But what about a pink tub? We’re sharing what we did to get our pink bathtub reglazed!
Can you reglaze a pink (or mint or lavender or!) bathtub?
If you caught our recent small pink bath reveal, you already know that the answer to this question is: Yes! But the question I’ve been getting a lot – and for good reason, it was my question, too! – was, How?
Luckily, there’s only one additional step to the reglazing process when you’re choosing anything aside from bright white. But before I get to that, I want to share a satisfying before and after! Scott and I knew we wanted to save the pink tub and sink from the first second we laid eyes on them, but they were worse for wear. The sink cleaned up surprisingly well with Bar Keepers Friend, but as you can see, the bathtub had deep chips in the enamel that could never be saved with a deep clean:
Pink Bathtub | Before Reglazing
Pink Bathtub | After Reglazing
Is Reglazing Right for You?
Reglazing can be a budget-friendly way to give your tired tub a facelift. In Chicago, the price can range from $250-400 (in our experience), and it requires no demolition. I encourage you to read this post, where we shared the journey of our first reglazing experience, including why it was the right choice for us! 3 years since that post was written, and we’re still happy with the results! We worked with Joe from Correa Custom Coatings the first time, and we were happy to call him back up and hire him again.
Choosing the Perfect Pink
When I called Joe to tell him I had another job and it was pink, he was genuinely excited! He told me that he’s usually called in to reglaze all the pink bathtubs to a clean white, so he was just as pumped as we were to restore this beauty back to life. But in order for him to get started on his portion of the work, he told me there was just one thing we had to do first: Pick the pink!
He explained that we could choose any color pink from anything we wish – any brand of paint, a favorite sweater, a wallpaper sample – literally anything! Of course, finding a paint chip would be the most simple method, and so I got to work digging through all my swatch books. Valspar, Sherwin-Williams, Ben Moore, Colorhouse, Farrow & Ball and more – I went through every. single. pink. Like, three times.
An important thing to note: The sink and the tub were not the same color. The sink was a softer, peachier pink, and since that was staying put, I wanted to match it as close as possible. In the end, Benjamin Moore had two possible winners: Pink Beach 1172 and Southern Charm 1173:
We held those two swatches up to the sink from every angle, and we ultimately decided that Pink Beach fit the bill. I texted him our choice, he picked up a swatch from the store, and he had his paint team color match it to the enamel!
And… That’s It!
Once our part of the job was done, we let Joe do his thing! It’s actually a pretty fun process to watch, but I’ll warn you and let you know that the smell is very strong. Joe recommends having windows and doors open, and I’d even suggest leaving the house for a whole day or overnight. We detail the entire reglazing process in this post, but as a recap, here’s what you can expect:
- The entire bathtub is coated in an etching liquid and then wiped up. At this point, the tub looks brand new again – almost!
- Next, any chips are covered and sanded smooth with durable epoxy.
- Once the walls and floor are carefully taped off, a primer is sprayed on.
- Finally, the finish coat is sprayed, and after 24 hours, all tape and protective paper can be removed!
A Few Things to Keep In Mind
Joe doesn’t come back to remove the paper himself, although I’m sure he would at an additional cost. Instead, he let us know that we could remove the tape and paper within 24 hours – carefully. We did just that, but sadly, I accidentally peeled up some of the enamel around the drain! He came back and corrected the issue, but I would suggest removing the drain altogether to risk any damage. I’m honestly not sure why we didn’t remove the drain in the first place, but we were sure to do it before he came back to fix the flub!
Tip: I highly recommend spending the $10 to pick up this tool and remove the drain easily and safely.
You’ll also need to caulk around the tub once the enamel is dry. I was actually stumped for a few days on which color caulk to use! White to match the tile? Black to match the grout? Pink… if that exists? I ended up using several kinds of grout due to our tile selection, but I think it was worth the extra effort:
- White silicone caulk for the tub surround (this is our favorite)
- Color-matched grout caulk in charcoal for the marble baseboard
- Color-matched grout caulk in Whisper Grey along the floor
I hope this was helpful for anyone who is considering saving their vintage fixtures! If you’ve reglazed your bathtubs or sinks, what has your experience been?