A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

One Step Closer

The bathroom remodel was on hold for a few weeks until we could get the bathtub refinished. That finally happened Monday!

In addition to the chips in the tub revealing the original teal color, once we had installed the subway tile, I was surprised at how yellow the tub looked (the previous blue-and-yellow color scheme obviously made the tub look bright white).


Here’s how it looks now. I found the refinisher on Angie’s List.


The job was fine, although I noticed there’s a ripple/wave in one of the corners that’s hard to see in certain light, but you can definitely feel it. Disappointing, but I don’t think it’s worth the trouble to complain about. Lena and Romy inspected it and gave it a passing grade.


Now that that’s finally done, we can get ready to install the tub deck. A few weeks ago, Pete decided he didn’t like the original curve he cut in the pool slate for the tub deck and wanted to redo it. I thought it was fine but if he wanted to do it I wasn’t going to stop him.

We used the first piece he cut for the other smaller pieces we needed to complete the tub deck, so we weren’t wasting any of the slate. The new curve he cut does look better, so I’m glad he did it. We also made curves for the other corners instead of having straight edges and that looks good too.

On Sunday he took all the pieces outside to sand and also beveled the edges a bit.


Looks like rain again this weekend (ugh!), so maybe we’ll be installing it, in addition to all the other little things I want to finish up, like paint touchups. We also bought the shower screen, so we need to install that as well.

Family is coming to visit in less than a month, so now we’ve got to hustle to get it all done!


  1. Jordan on June 23, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    It’s great to see your progress on this bathroom – it’s really starting to come together! Excited to see how it’ll look once it’s all done. Thanks for sharing!

    • denise on June 23, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks Jordan, and thanks for reading!

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