Even the most basic bath tub can be expensive. And when you are flipping homes, it's important to try to curb costs wherever possible while creating a superior product. My partner, Lance, came up with this tub trick and we've used it about 3 times now with extraordinary results. As much as I want to keep all our secrets to ourselves, this one is so good and so easy that we just had to share it. Remodeling your bathroom but don't want to spend a fortune?
Basically we built a frame for the front if the tub and covered it with beadboard wainscoting and MDF moldings (a plastic, waterproof, rot proof version of the classic wood moldings). On the top edge of the tub we placed a board made from PVC to finish off the built-in look. We also added MDF boards on the side of the tub going up the wall to further anchor it in place. What is behind a beadboard trim to update and upgrade old bathtub
DIY Tub Skirt (Decorative Side Panel) For A Standard Apron-Side Soaking Tub
Lovely Crafty Home: DIY Tub Surround Using Airstone = I know you can't use traditional tile on tub surrounds because they tend to flex and are not totally flat, meaning the grout will crack. This is interesting as a way to add interest to the front, though.