Rub-a-Dub: Paint That Clawfoot Tub

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Nothing goes together like a recession and a paint brush.

If you can’t afford to remodel (and who can?) and are stuck with a peeling, fiberglass clawfoot tub, tap into some ingenuity and resource non-toxic paints and supplies, pure shower curtains, an organic floor mat and go to town.

If you’re opting to go the DIY tub redux route you will want to bone up on stripping off the old finish first. You can visit many good how-to tutorials at sites like ehow. Or,  if you have the budget, hire a tub refinishing service, like Bay Area Coatings. Either way, you are salvaging an old treasure that adds oodles of character to the modern bath.

Here are a few cool designs to inspire:

blue junk

Steal this teal kids’ bath design from Canadian House and Home.

blue tub

Basking in blue is oh-so-country French. Eating a baguette in the bain is nice, too. From Apartment Therapy.


How succulent is this cool citrus desert palette from Decorology?

yellow tub

Some lemon aid to brighten the old friend from Country Living.


Basic black is tres chic and sleek, from Happy Living Design.

striped tub

Stripes to center the mod energy of the citified clawfoot, from Apartment  Therapy.

Check out other DIY ideas at this cute site.

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Luanne Bradley

Luanne Sanders Bradley is the West coast Editor at EcoSalon and currently resides in San Francisco, California.