Clawing for a Clawfoot Tub

I’ve seen some pretty unique things, but when I stumbled upon this, I did a double take. I think I’ve made it well known that I love all things old and historic ….but sometimes they do need a facelift and this was pretty ingenious:

So if you have an old tub lying around and would like to do something with it, this may be the idea you’ve been waiting for.

To achieve this look:

  1. Sand the glaze of the outside of the tub
  2. Wipe of dust
  3. Glue on tiles to the rough surface
  4. Grout the tiles
  5. Lightly wipe with a damp sponge to remove grout from the surface of the tile

I would love to do a tub with a white iridescent glass tile for a more subtle appearance:

Also, to make it easier, use sheets of tiles, which can come in many different shapes as well:

I prefer non-sanded grout whenever possible and this is a scenario where it is possible. Non-sanded grout means smaller seams between the tiles and just looks better in my opinion. I don’t want to look at grout; I want to look at the tile –  and the possibilities with the tile are endless.

In this picture it is obvious they replaced the legs with completely brand new ones, which can be bought for a pretty penny (approximately $1,000 for chrome, $2,000 for gold) But I wouldn’t be a good friend if I didn’t give you some other options, now would I? 😉 So, I will do a post soon exploring the different ways to emulate this and other finishes.

I hope you liked the post and found the tub as interesting as I did! Have a great day!

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