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When I'm dreaming modestly, my thoughts wander towards a clean closet, but when I'm dreaming big, I imagine something like this dressing room.
The standout detail in this dressing room, of course, is that beautiful clawfoot bathtub. It provides the perfect place for a lady of leisure to primp before a night out on the town, while deciding what pair of heels to slip on.
While it's definitely not the most practical of placements — I'd worry about water damage to the rugs, as well as humidity levels — it's the kind of decadent, quirky decision that makes a house a home. And in this case, I'd dare to say it's a home of a fashionista.
Fascinating fact: Nearly 3,000 years ago on the island of Crete, the original version of a clawfoot tub was first created. At five feet long, the tub was made of a hard clay material and looked much like the 19th-century clawfoot tub. Good design lasts forever, and this tub is no exception.
Today, clawfoot tubs can be found in all styles of bathrooms, from country chic to industrial modern and everything in between. With versions of tub designs including traditional roll rim, slipper, double ended, and pedestal, there are a range of looks to choose from. You can purchase clawfoot tubs new, or find a refurbished vintage tub from any number of dealers across the country.
The most fun part about a clawfoot tub, though, is decorating around it! I've rounded up some very different looks that all complement the tub's design. Take a look, and see which bathroom has you longing to add a clawfoot to your home.
Inspired by Holly Golightly's unforgettable sofa in Breakfast at Tiffany's, one Côté Maison reader decided to take matters into his own hands and DIY a clawfoot tub sofa for himself. He began by sawing off the sides of the tub, and then sanded down the edges for safety. Then he cut a piece of plywood to size as a seat, painted the base, and added cushions. To see how the tub turned out, continue reading!
In one of my many dream worlds, I'd live in gorgeous old fixer-upper in the South of France — a French version of Under the Tuscan Sun — with a restored claw-foot tub in my en suite bedroom/bathroom. In that world, I'd also sleep in 'til 11 a.m. on weekdays and wouldn't be rushed in the morning to take showers, or get to work for that matter. So in that world, my life would warrant having a lazy and beautiful bathtub for soaking in bubbles until my skin turns wrinkly. In this life, I shampoo and condition in a standard, built-in shower that's far from glamorous and antique! How about you?
This weekend, my fun and relaxing Saturday was derailed by the discovery that water was leaking into our basement. The source of the deluge? A section of missing caulk between the tiled wall and the bathtub. So, it was off to the hardware store for me, where I stocked up on the supplies needed for my DIY home repair. In case you didn't know, caulk is a flexible sealing compound used around tile work, joints, and household items such as sinks, toilets, and tubs. Unless a proper layer of caulk is applied, there's a good chance that water will leak through the floor or the wall, causing potentially expensive damage to your home. The good news is that this repair is something nearly anyone can do. It just requires a bit of patience. You can find directions on how to caulk on a number of websites, including WikiHow. Here are a few other tips I picked up along the way.
- Be diligent about getting rid of the scum. Most tubs will have a layer of grime, soap scum, and mold along the edges of older caulk. Use denatured alcohol to wipe the surface clean. You can also try gentle scraping the more stubborn bits of mold with a razor blade.
- Get this tool, stat. This six-in-one tool, which is often used by housepainters, is incredibly helpful for removing old, stubborn chunks of caulk.
- Don't assume that this will go quickly. The caulking itself might take no more than 10 minutes, but the caulk removal may take a couple hours at least. Don't rush, and complete the job in a quality fashion, so you won't have to deal with it for at least five years. To pass the time, download podcasts or stream your favorite radio station. There's no reason that caulking can't be fun (or, at least, not horribly tedious).
- Practice your technique. Don't assume that your first attempt at creating a smooth line of caulk will go, er, smoothly. After you've loaded your tube of caulk into the gun, use a piece of cardboard as a practice surface. Draw a few lines, trying to keep the caulk smooth and steady.
- After you've finished caulking the tub, get your line perfect with this tip my brother clued me in on: Dip your finger into a glass of water, and spread the caulk out in a smooth line with your finger. Continue to dip and spread, dip and spread until the caulk is completely smoothed along the edge of the tub.
And remember: the only way to get really good at caulking is through lots and lots of practice. (And who wants to do that?) As long as you've done an adequate, neat job, no one's going to be the wiser. As my plumber told me, "As long as it works, and it doesn't look noticeably bad, you're golden!"
This cast iron antique tub was restored with a new custom enamel coating and imported ceramic mosaics handmade in Europe. The designers can customize tubs to your exact specifications, so if you're designing your dream bathroom, you don't have to compromise when it comes to the particular look of your tub.
I have to admit, I'm a fan of the bathtub flower or vegetable garden — as long as it's done tastefully. I've seen beautifully planted clawfoot tubs that look elegant in the right garden, but I've also seen bathtub planters that look haphazard and tacky. It's all a matter of keeping it pretty, tasteful, and presentable.
Source: Flickr User mikecogh
My brother and his wife are gutting and expanding their bathroom, with the centerpiece of the room being the bathtub. They asked if I might be able to provide some ideas and eye candy for them to get inspired for their upcoming project. Of course, it was my pleasure! Check out some beautiful bathtubs that will have you longing to take a steamy soak!