Tub Makeover Begins

October 28th, 2007 by Peter Schmelzer

Clawfoot

This weekend, Mary and I took our salvaged clawfoot tub to be freshened up. We found a guy is St. Paul who has spent the last seven years rehabbing old tubs.

The Tub

Despite the peeling paint, we were delighted to hear that the tub was considered in good shape. Although some of the glazing had been worn away near the drain, the tub was the second best tub he has ever seen.

We liked it for its length and depth, a true soaking tub. It came out of a second story apartment in Waverly, Iowa, when a fellow architect and I traveled down to pick up a pair of tubs. (That adventure is a tale for another day!) The outside of the tub will be sandblasted and painted; minimal work to keep its service life going.

The tub will find its new home in our master bathroom. We look forward to seeing it restored to its former glory.

Alas, but we don’t plan on painting the toenails red again!

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