One of the main considerations for anyone remodeling their bathroom is the tub. Of course, you have a lot of options at your disposal, but one great choice is to install a clawfoot tub. These attractive objects will make your bathroom remodel more visually appealing and give the room a sense of elegance. Here are some of the main points to consider when purchasing a clawfoot tub.
Clawfoot tubs typically come in standard size lengths that increase in increments of 6 inches. For example, the smallest tubs are generally 4 feet long, or 48 inches. Then the next sizes available will be 54 inches, 60 inches, 60 inches and 66 inches. Longer lengths and non-standard lengths may be available as well. Clawfoot tubs are usually about 30 inches wide.
The size you choose will naturally be dependent on the size of your bathroom and how much room you need to bath comfortably. One good idea is to lie down in the tub before you purchase to make certain the size is acceptable.
You have the choice of several standard designs when buying a clawfoot tub. The most basic design is the rim roll, where the tub is the same height off the floor all around the top. Another option is the slipper design, where the tub has a high-backed construction on one end. This feature allows you to bathe comfortably in a sitting up position. A third possibility is called the double slipper. This design has a high-backed design on both ends of the tub.
If you are on a budget, one terrific idea is to buy an older clawfoot tub that needs some refinishing. The first step is to remove the old paint on the exterior with a paint stripper. Then apply an acid etch, an abrading product, to the interior of the tub to remove the interior finish. Make sure to wear protective clothing and gloves when applying the acid. After letting the acid etch sit for 20 minutes, rinse it off with water.
If the tub has any chips, smooth the spot out with a grinder and then apply an automotive filler product. When the filler hardens, sand it down to match the surrounding area. Finally, apply the primer and topcoat to the outside and inside of the tub.
Making a clawfoot tub the centerpiece of your bathroom renovation is one way to create a memorable space that every visitor will admire. For more information about this delightful and intriguing possibility, contact a local bathroom remodeling company for more information.