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Reader request - antique bathtub

Time for this week's reader request: "My name is Gisela Diaz and I'm a Spanish girl living in Portugal. Recently I bought a antique bathtub. I been looking for that for more than ten years, and finally I got it. I would like to ask you for some inspiration to restore it and to install it." I went through my stash of bathroom photos and found some featuring antique bathtubs - mainly clawfoot - to show Gisela the placement/colours/taps and whatever else she may need to figure out. I am completely jealous. I have wanted a clawfoot tub for a long time. Actually, I'd settle for any tub that is large enough to take a bath in (and have adequate water coverage). Last time I took a bath I was probably 8 years old. In all the homes I have rented/bought I have never had a decent tub. I think it's about time I get one....

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Reader Comments (15)

Oh I love an antique clawfoot tub. Oh how I wish for one.

28 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSing

The pink tub is sooo cute!!

28 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkleis

Oh how I love an antique clawfoot tub. Dreaming of the Home and Gardens white bathroom...fresh and soothing~

28 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commentermydesignchic

GREAT POST!!! I own a clawfoot tub and am in the process of redoing it as well! (Yay us!) I just recently changed all the feet chrome (bought a high quality chrome spray) and am hiring a refinisher to do the interior of the tub. If you don't have the pipes/drains/fixtures for your tub...this is a good source I'm using: http://www.signaturehardware.com/type56 One question for the readers too.....I'm a designer and I absolutely LOVE the look of the tub without a shower curtain....but is it practical to not have one??

28 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjileen

@ jileen, in regards to your question, as someone who has had antique tubs before, as long as you don't have an overhead shower attachment, there is no reason to have a shower curtain. Just taking baths or using a little hand held shower attachment 9for me anyways, I take neat baths though, lol) usually doesn't generate enough spray to need a curtain. That and you just have to be used to less privacy with an open bath.

28 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commenteremily

I LOVE the dark rustic one ...and the Union Jack inspired room ...though I am biased, as I just used a Union Jack print in my game room ...sooo love it.

28 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commenter...love Maegan

It seems so counter to the spirit of a giant clawfoot to tuck it against a wall -- they need room to roam! However, I have to admit that I've become entranced with the neck-deep Japanese deep soak tubs.

28 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commenteroregonbird

How lovely they are! All the bathrooms are so different, with one thing in common: a romantic bathtub!

28 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRenata Gross

Great post! My partner and I both want a clawfoot tub some day when we have a bigger space! So lovely.
I am a big fan of Adria Vasil who wrote the Ecoholic books. Here is a link to some information about avoiding LEAD in old tubs.
I hope this link works. It should jump to page 174.
Best wishes Gisela for many happy baths!

28 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commenterandrea

Wow! That's a lot of inspiration, beautiful bathrooms.

When I was a little girl our bathroom had a claw tub,
it was like a big swimming pool to me, I loved bath time.

We've just bought a house with a clawfoot bath, but it drives me crazy that the people who put it in have it sticking out diagonally into the room. I so want to change it, but have to wait until we have $$$ for that project- too much else to do. These photos are great- totally inspire me. They had also painted a CREAM and black checkerboard pattern on the wooden floors- but seeing those white floors makes me know EXACTLY what I want to do with that!

29 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgia

pink and green tubs are adorable. And a black and white tiled floor is my ultimate dream.

29 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSan

the black and white bathroom (melanie acevedo) is simply perfect...love everything about it.

29 Oct 2010 | Unregistered Commentergoldene

I dream with a tub like this for mi new house.

2 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterALVARO

Lovely! I can't wait to have one...we had one in every home in England during my childhood!

6 Nov 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLily Blue

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