If you've ever fallen for a vintage tub or sink only to reject it because of chipped or worn porcelain, take heart. Mike Ripp of Ameriglaze
can apply a new finish that, according to Tabitha Long, co-owner of Chicago's Island Girl Salvage, is "more durable, more consistent, with a better sheen" than any other. Long should know, having put a variety of techniques to the test on the tubs she rescues from demolished houses. Ripp is based in Skokie, Illinois, but he can recommend a pro in your area. Reglazing from about $350.