How to Add Decorative Moulding to a Bathtub

One room in the house everyone uses is the bathroom. Read more below on how DIYer Marci Schneider was able to use some quick vinyl moulding to add an instant facelift to her bathtub.

Decorative moulding on the front of a bathtub adds an instant facelift to an outdated tub and really improves the overall look of a bathroom. Read on to see the full tutorial on how to easily add moulding to a bathtub and give it the makeover it needs!

How to Add Decorative Moulding to a Bathtub

Step 1: Prep

Using a putty knife, hammer, and pry bar, remove all existing trim or moulding pieces from the surface of the bathtub that you do not plan to use for this project. Make sure to also remove any baseboards that sit flush with the front of your bathtub and may get in the way of applying the new moulding (optional side note – save these baseboards for later as they may be reused again during Step 8). Clean the surface area of your bathtub well to remove all dust, stains, paint drips, and/or old glue on the surface of your tub where the new moulding will go. This is to ensure that the glue adheres to the bathtub properly.

How to Add Decorative Moulding to a Bathtub

Step 2: Tile Board

Measure the surface area of where your tile board is going to go. Cut the tile board according to your measurements using an oscillating multi-tool. Glue the tile board on the flat surface of your tub using Loctite Power Grab glue and a caulk gun. Spread an entire tube of the Loctite Power Grab glue evenly on the back of the tile board before pressing it to the surface of your tub. Reinforce the tile board in place to prevent sagging by using clamps if applicable. If clamps do not fit on the configuration of your bathtub, use heavy pieces of furniture or scrap pieces of wood laying around to secure the tile board in place. Let cure for 24 hours. Pro tip – place a piece of scrap wood in between the tile board and clamp to hold in place and allow clamp to fit over the bathtub. (see photo).

How to Add Decorative Moulding to a Bathtub

Step 3: Measure and Cut Vinyl Moulding

Using the measurements of your bathtub combined with the dimensions of the vinyl moulding, draw out a diagram of how your bathtub is going to look. This will allow you to determine how long each piece of vinyl moulding needs to be and where to make your cuts. Cut six vinyl moulding pieces according to your measurements using a miter saw (see diagram above labeled with stars). Suggestion: cut one piece at a time and make sure it fits in place incase your bathtub is not perfectly level. You may need to go back and make some minor adjustments. I had to do this a few times with a few pieces as our bathtub had settled unevenly. Measure twice, cut once!

How to Add Decorative Moulding to a Bathtub

Step 4: Glue Vinyl Moulding

Glue each piece of cut vinyl moulding to the tile board in order to create the three-panel design. (see photo). Secure the moulding pieces in place using clamps and/or extra pieces of wood.

How to Add Decorative Moulding to a Bathtub

Step 5: Measure, Cut, & Glue Interior Trim

Measure four interior sides of rectangles created by vinyl moulding to finish out with trim (see photo). Cut trim pieces according to measurements.

How to Add Decorative Moulding to a Bathtub

Step 6: Caulk

Caulk any cracks that remain using Silicone caulk. This will ensure that water does not seep in behind the moulding.

How to Add Decorative Moulding to a Bathtub

Step 7: Paint

Apply one coat of Kilz Primer over moulding area. Let dry. Apply one coat of Behr Urethane Alkyd Semi-Gloss Enamel paint in a desirable color over primer and let dry. Apply a second coat of paint if necessary.

Step 8: Add Back Baseboards (Optional)

Glue back any baseboards that were removed during step 1, if necessary. This step is “optional” because, depending on the size of your tub and surrounding walls. There may not be room left for old baseboards due to the new moulding added to the tub. If baseboards are added back to the surrounding walls, paint to match the new bathtub moulding.

How to Add Decorative Moulding to a Bathtub

Now you can stand back to admire your beautifully new updated bathtub.

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Vintage Small Bathroom Renovation

When you’re a part of military family, you tend to move often and updating your home space can feel limited. Christy Black of 11 Magnolia Lane was able to take advantage of a few The Home Depot products to give her bathroom a much needed renter-friendly update with a vintage touch.

When we moved into Magnolia Cottage this past July, I knew that the downstairs bathroom was going to need a facelift sooner rather than later. While I absolutely loved the vintage touches, like the clawfoot tub, the cast-iron apron front sink, and the beadboard, the space looked slightly dated, especially the discolored vinyl floor.

Since we’re a military family and we move often, we’re renting this home, but fortunately the homeowner is 100% supportive of all of my updates and projects. Since we’ve partnered with The Home Depot in the past, I knew this could be another great collaboration if they saw the same potential for this space that I did, and I was thrilled when I got the green light to go ahead with the project.

Pre-Project Planning

My first step when I’m planning a room redo is to create a list of projects and prioritize what needs to happen first. The first phase of my plan for this room included new paint on the walls and ceiling, updated lighting, a new mirror, and updated shelves for storage.

Vintage Small Bathroom Redo

Phase two consisted of new faucets for the sink and clawfoot tub, a new shower curtain ring, a sink skirt, and peel and stick vinyl flooring.

As I picked out colors and finishes, I created a design board to ensure that all of my choices would work well together in this small space. I wanted to be sure to keep the vintage elements that reflected the age and character of the house while updating the finishes and function for modern living. Since the cast iron tub was already black and white, I elected to use those colors along with a very pale blue (that reads white) on the walls and bring warmth in by using brass fixtures for the sink and tub.

Vintage Small Bathroom Redo

Phase 1

First, I removed the moon shelves, patched the nail and screw holes, and painted.

Vintage Small Bathroom Redo

Next, I built new shelves using these great wood corbels and stair treads painted white. I also added hooks underneath for towels.

Vintage Small Bathroom Redo

I learned years ago how to do simple electrical work like installing light fixtures and replacing switches. That knowledge has been invaluable. The new lighting and large, circular mirror made a huge difference in the feel of the room, as did the Edison light bulbs that I used in the brass light fixture.

Vintage Small Bathroom Redo

Phase 2

When the plumber arrived to install the brand new beautiful, vintage faucets in the sink and tub, things got even more exciting. I absolutely love the brass fixtures we chose!

After discussion with the homeowner, we decided to hire a professional for this part of the project. While my husband and I can change out a “normal” faucet, there’s nothing normal about the plumbing in a 100-year-old house! The plumber even ran into some unexpected challenges, because we all know that’s how home improvement projects work. At the end of the day we knew that everything had been done competently and thoroughly, and would last for years to come.

Vintage Small Bathroom Redo

Vintage Small Bathroom Redo

Vintage Small Bathroom Redo

I had begun to install the peel and stick vinyl floor tiles before the plumber came, but waited to finish the work around the pipes until he’d finished with the faucets just in case anything had to move. The tiles were so easy to work with. I could easily trim them with utility scissors to ensure a perfect fit.

Vintage Small Bathroom Redo

The flooring was the perfect finishing touch to tie everything together perfectly, in my opinion.

Vintage Small Bathroom Redo

Vintage Small Bathroom Redo

Vintage Small Bathroom Redo

We’re all thrilled with the new look of this small bathroom and how it’s now both functional and beautiful. I can say without a doubt that it’s one of my very favorite room renovations ever. Many thanks to The Home Depot, my patient husband, and Albert, our wonderful plumber, for helping to make this space so lovely!

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