Claw Foot Tub Makeover


When I would envision my dream home, I always pictured a bathroom complete with a glorious claw foot tub.  I have always wanted one. There is such a subtle charm and romance associated with a claw foot bathtub.

When we purchased our home we had one bathroom that was large enough to accommodate a claw foot. But it was a small space, around 58"in length. Claw foot tubs that small are harder to find, and  when purchased new they greatly exceed the larger sizes in price.




Enter Facebook Marketplace...I was browsing around and I spotted this claw foot tub, and honestly didn't get too excited until I saw the measurements...54" long! Perfect for our space and definitely in my budget at only $50.



This purchase was kind of an impulse buy since we are currently working on our other bathroom and didn't plan on working on another at the same time! The bathroom where this tub is to eventually reside,  is nowhere near being completed, so it has found a temporary home in the dining room...lol




I don't know the age of it, but its in surprisingly good condition! I also did a lead test on it and thankfully it came out negative. Our little guy is so excited about this tub! lol he's always sitting in it and playing with his toys. I can't wait until he can actually bathe in it.



I think a good deep clean will make the inside as good as new! I lightly cleaned the inside and it already shined up nicely! The outside was a drab gray/ tan color. I wanted to change that. I did some research on how to paint the outside of a claw tub and honestly everyone was doing something different, from chalk paint to exterior paint etc.  So I decided to be budget friendly and use a soft pink paint that I already had on hand, called "Odessa Pink."





I think she wears it well! The paint went on very nicely and I will probably put a sealer of some sort on it to protect the the outside of the tub.



Initially I wanted to gild the tub feet, but the more I looked at the chippy paint and gorgeous patina, I couldn't bring myself to do it.




They are just perfect as is, and compliment the soft pink paint so nicely.




I am IN LOVE.  I couldn't ask for a more perfect, imperfect, romantic claw foot tub.




I asked my husband to help me scoot the tub in front of our dining room mantel to get some pretty pictures of it in it's temporary home.



I love the charm and history of old things. So much beauty!



I am so grateful to have found this diamond in the rough, and welcome it to its forever home.

Now off to work on those bathrooms!!

Thank you for stopping by!

-Larissa

8 comments

  1. You get Gold Stars for leaving the tub feet in their original condition. Can't wait to see it installed and the final reveal.

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    1. Thank you so much Vikki!! I’m so excited to finally own a claw foot tub! I worked more on that bathroom today because I’m so excited! Thank you so much for visiting! And yes I’m so glad that I left the feet as they are! They really add beauty!❤️❤️❤️

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  2. I think I'm in love with your claw foot tub. Love the vintage vibe and personality it brings to the bathroom. The story behind the existence of each historical piece makes it even more valuable and that's just the case with your pretty and romantic tub. I sincerely enjoyed reading this blog post, thanks for sharing it!

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    1. Thank you so so much Katarina!!πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’• I absolutely love vintage pieces and would choose one any day over something new. I’m so excited for the claw foot tub. I’m glad that I saw it when I did. When we went to pick it up the guy that was selling it told us that he was giving it a few more days and if it didn’t sell, he was going to break it into pieces to get it out of the house. I’m so glad that we have it now, and I’m totally in love with it too! Thank you so much for visiting! I’m glad you enjoyed this post!!❤️❤️❤️

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  3. So happy for your amazing find! Exta happy no lead! Perfect color choice and love the patina on the legs! So excited to see it in it's new home! Make sure the faucet and supply for it are to code and lead free. We have torn out many that are not. We own a plumbing companyπŸ’•πŸ’—πŸ’•

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  4. What a find Larissa!!!!! its so beautiful. I love the pink and the claw feet are perfection.

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  5. You have style in spades and a vision to match it girl. I cannot get over how fabulous it turned out and I adore your decision to leave the feet as is, and its a nod to its former life and couldn't look more perfect.

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  6. That is the prettiest bathtub in the middle of a dining room that I have ever seen hahah!
    I love it. I would not have touched those claw feet, they are perfection. Gorgeous shots!

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