Make the old look new again
I have an old claw-foot tub which I love but the outside of the tub is looking a little drab. Is there anything that can be done besides replacing it? Wendy Dear Wendy: There are certain things in your home that add character to the space and also reflect the era of the house. If this is an antique claw tub that was originally installed when the home was built, then I suggest r efurbishing it to keep the essence of the space intact.
Before starting your refurbishing project, start by assessing the entire bathroom. Is the tub the only thing that needs to be changed in the space? Most likely if the tub is looking a little drab, the entire bathroom also needs a little sprucing up.
I suggest repainting your entire bathroom to give it a fresh new colour scheme and integrate the chosen colours in your refurbishing project. Choose one neutral colour for your walls paired with one to two accent colours. The accent colours chosen will be used in your towels, accessories, mats, and most importantly on the base of your claw tub. As the claw tub is something unique that not everyone has, you want your accent colour on the base of the tub to contrast with your wall colour (primary colour) so that both design elements work together but also stand on their own to make that much needed statement.
Once you have selected your accent colour for the base of the tub, visit your local paint store and ask for specialized paint for the claw tub refurbishing project. You want to invest in quality paint and primer as you don’t want the paint to chip and peel with the exposure to the moisture through the years. Be sure to properly sand the area prior to applying the primer. This is extremely important to ensure the longevity of the paint coat therefore take your time sanding and priming the area.
When the area is ready for a coat of paint, paint the entire surface going up into the inside of the lip to have a clean professional look just in case someone does decide to lay on the floor and real- ly analyze your design project. Be sure not to paint the actual outside lip of the tub as you want the contrast between the white of the lip and the accent colour on the base.
Once the entire base of the tub is painted, consider upgrading your bathroom faucets. Faucets make a lasting impression and will give your bathroom a fresh new look. Be sure to purchase faucets that reflect the era of the house therefore if you have an older home, look for antique looking fixtures.
As soon as your bathroom upgrades are complete, be sure to take a step back and admire your design project. Enjoy!
— Canwest News Service
Marc Atiyolil is a celebrity designer, home-trend expert and the editor-in-chief of
Canadian Home Trends Canada’s Home Decor Magazine