Clawfoot tubs. They are so elegant. And they pretty much always look good when they’re clean and neatly restored. Observe:
A red clawfoot tub. That’s how you take something classic and put a modern spin on it.
Restoring Clawfoot Tubs
If you buy an old tub and plan to retrofit it into your bathroom, or if you buy an old house with an old tub in it, you might find that the tub is a little scuzzy. But the thing about clawfoot tubs is that they are super easy to restore. Check out this episode of Rehab Addict in which Nicole Curtis uses a wire brush to remove dirt and debris from an old tub, then spray paints it silver and black to create a classy look for a bathroom.
Additionally, this youtube video provides a comprehensive guide for restoring clawfoot tubs, including using steel brushes to clean out the foot brackets.
You should have concluded by now that one of the things you will need, along with spray paint, some good porcelain cleaner, and elbow grease, is a good brush. If you’re lucky enough to have an old fashioned neighborhood hardware store near you, I suggest you high-tail it over there and ask a knowledgeable salesperson about brushes for clawfoot tub restoration. Another option is to go online and check out an industrial brush manufacturer and see if you can order the brush you need directly from them.
We usually expect bathtubs to be white but as you can see from the photos above, there are so many other possibilities and opportunities to give your bathroom the look and feel you want. And I think clawfoot tubs are unique in that they are versatile enough to have dragons painted on them. Do you think that would work on a square acrylic tub? I sure don’t.
If your clawfoot tub is teetering on three legs, don’t stress. Spare clawfeet are everywhere. Your local salvage store should have a selection. And if it doesn’t, you can find what you need on sites like Ebay or periodbath.com. Be sure to brush the feet smooth, spray them with primer, and then cover them in whatever color you fancy.