Friday, January 20, 2012

DIY Clawfoot Bathtub Refinish for $25


I've done blips here and there about my bathtub, but never all of it in one post.  I've had many questions about it so today, I'm going to tell you how I refinished my horrible clawfoot bathtub with just $25!
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If you've been a Kammy's Korner reader for long, you know how much I LOVE Rustoleum's Countertop Paint.  I've used it on my kitchen counters, tops of school desks, and now inside my bathtub!  I'm so embarrassed to even post that picture, because it was actually like that in the main floor bathroom for years.  I didn't realize how awful it was until I had company from out of state visit me and the mother told their sweet little girls it was bathtime they shrieked and cried afraid she was going to put their sweet little bodies in that scary old tub!  

First of all, I went to Lowes and had some Rustoleum Countertop paint mixed white.  Must be the white, because I didn't  notice this when I used the pewter on my counters, but it seemed to go on almost transparent.  I can't remember exactly, but I think I must have applied 7 coats before it totally covered.  Make sure you use a foam roller.  Nothing else will do.  It's now been almost a year since I did this and it's holding up great!

Then, I got the super exciting news that Cutting Edge Stencils had chosen me to do a product review and I got to choose any stencil I wanted!  Ohhhhh the choices!  And the next big question:  What to use it on?!!!  Why, the bathtub of course! :)

This is the All Over Oasis stencil from Cutting Edge.I just uses a regular old glossy black paint that I already had in my stash.

If it seeped through at all, I used my long finger nail, wrapped in a wet cloth to "erase" any mishaps.

Next up was the feet.  When we first moved in, they were all white.  I had painted them black with a gold ball and they looked like this:

I painted the feet white again, and then using a small can of silver oil based paint from Dollar Haven for $1.50, painted the ball with a small art brush.  

And now it's glamours feet look like this:
And there you have it!  I guess I didn't even spend $25!!! :)
A few more parting shots:



Thank goodness it's FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~~Kammy from the Korner~~

There have been SO MANY QUESTIONS about this tub, I did a follow up post with Frequently Asked Questions and a review on how it has held up ONE YEAR LATER.... Click HERE to see the update!!!
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55 comments:

  1. Simply amazing. The black and white is stunning!

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  2. Turned out beautiful!!! I have a decorating link party going on right now at my blog if you would like to come share this there too! :)

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  3. I l-o-v-e those old tubs!
    GOOD JOB--it's beautiful!
    (and I'm sure will not scare any more children!)
    Catherine

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  4. Brilliant!!! It looks so cute

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  5. That is gorgeous!! I never would have thought to use the countertop paint for this. It's awesome! I would love if you could link up to my party! http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/01/latest-and-greatest-friday-15.html

    This is so well done!

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  6. That is beautiful!! I wish I had a tub like that!!

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  7. I'm your newest follower too! So glad I found you!

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  8. WOW! So impressive and dramatic! I love it!

    If you're interested, we're hosting our first ever link up party. Please stop by and link up! http://www.waywardgirlscrafts.com/2012/01/wayward-weekend-week-1.html

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  9. Wow! Your tub looks fabulous! Love the drama! Who knew a tub could make such a decorator statement!

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  10. Okay, you have more guts then I do...I would never have even thought about painting a tub....I must say, I love it. I have never used that paint but now I will consider it for my counter tops and maybe my tub. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. this is gorgeous! i've been looking for a tutorial on this - thank you!

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  12. The tub looks awesome! The stencil you chose is beautiful. Wow!

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  13. What a great transformation. I have a clawfoot tub too. Luckily I only had to redo the outside of it. I'd love for you to stop by Etcetorize to share your project. The linky party opens tonight! (http://etcetorize.blogspot.com)

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  14. Oh wow! Simply amazing - beautiful!

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  15. This is great! I've been wondering about countertop paint, and also getting sick of looking at our tub. It has the leftovers of those tacky butterfly sticker things from the 70s. Out of curiosity, is this bath used regularly? We only have one bathroom, with a claw foot tub that needs a redo, but I want to be sure it could handle daily use.

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  16. I love it! You did a great job and I had no idea that counter top paint was so versatile. hum.... I wonder how that would look over tile.

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  17. Nice job! It looks fabulous!

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  18. I have always wanted a claw foot tub. When we built our house I searched and searched for one. Never found one-maybe in our next home. But I absolutley LOVE this tub.

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  19. OMG!! I love love love this! It looks amazing. I would have never thought you could paint a bathtub, but I guess you can really paint anything! Great job! I am your newest follower!!

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  20. i would feel like a STAR soaking in that tub! it's amazing!

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  21. Gorgeous!! I hauled a tub like that around through 4 states when we were in the military before ending up selling it at a garage sale. I'm kicking myself now!! It's lovely, lovely.
    Deb

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  22. Amazing job!! And such a good use of easy to find materials :)

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  23. Hi Kammy ... love the tub and knowing that it can be painted inside. Inspires me to paint my kitchen sink with the Rustoleum Countertop paint.
    Blessings. Audrey Z. at Timeless Treasures. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/

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  24. Just stopping back by to say thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!! :)

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  25. Wow! Your bathtub is gorgeous! I would live in my bathtub if it were that pretty! And, for that price, we could all have a beautiful bathtub! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  26. This is so fun!! Thank you for linking it up, I am featuring tomorrow at my party :)

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  27. Oh my cuteness! What a great paint makeover! I'm featuring it in the PoPP Spotlight... thanks for linking up.

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  28. Wow, this tub is AMAZING!!! So creative, just love it!

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  29. Amazing transformation! I love this tub!

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  30. Hey Kammy! I'm new here from 'Better After'. I'll be back again! Your site is awesome!

    I have one question about your tub and please forgive me if it has already been answered. How do you clean the tub? Is the paint vulnerable to various cleaners? Is there a problem if someone were to drop something like a backbrush or shampoo bottle? In other words, would it get nicked and scratched? I really look forward to your answer because we've had a tub--not metal or porcelein--that has needed attention of this sort for the entire 16 years we've been in this house. I would also like to paint my kitchen tiles now that I see that you can! Thank you so much for this heads-up on Rustoleum's Countertop paint. I never knew!

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  31. Has anyone every tried the countertop paint on bathroom tile?

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  32. I'd also love to know more about how you clean it, and how often you use the tub. I've used the Rustoleum Tub and Tile kit on my porcelain tub before and that stuff did not hold up too well, but if the countertop paint holds up and isn't too finicky to clean, I'd happily give it a shot. Your tub looks fantastic!

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  33. Hi Kammy, this is sort of piggybacking Martha's question: Did you have to do any prep on the bottom before painting it? Sanding of any sort? Or did the coat of paint just take care of the rough texture and smooth things out? Thanks!

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  34. I can't tell you how happy this redo makes me. I have one of those very scary bathtubs too. It is a clawfoot and the only person who dares to use it is my 18 year old son. Mine looks like yours did, but a little bit worse. I did not even know about the rustoleum counter top paint. This will definitely be one of my projects in the next little while. Thanks so much!

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  35. Looks amazing. I have pink sinks and tub that I can't afford to replace. I thought I'd have to hire an expensive company to paint. Have you used the counter paint on anything else. Do you think white would cover the light pink on the tub and sinks? Was it hard to apply? Any suggestions?
    Thanks so much. You'd help me so much.
    becky@reinventingtheordinary.com
    blmarket@aol.com

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  36. Wow Kammy, This is so amazing. Just love the stencil on the outside. Great job! Wow!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  37. I have a claw foot tub that may need some sass too!

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  38. yikes! same questions as all of the above. I would love to have a bit more information about this wonderful project.
    ktjohollis@att.net

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  39. Gorgeous! Just wondering . . . did you use any filler to smooth things out first? Or did you sand the bottom of the tub? Was there any prep work, or did you just go straight to painting? Thanks!

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  40. same question as many others...what did you do to prep the tub? and what type of cleaner do you use? Thanks:)

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  41. I LOVE your tub! Our clawfoot looks just like yours used to... maybe worse! I am anxious to try this but I am wondering if it gets daily shower use? Our tub is our only tub and it gets two showers a day and sometimes a third use for our little one's bath. I would love to know how yours holds up!

    Amanda

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  42. I am new and found you (I think on Recipe.com or BHG.com). I have the same question as many others. How do you clean it and not rub the paint off the inside? And what prep did you do for the inside. I have a plastic or molded crap tub and it a shower in the tub crap thing and the hard water has coated the lower rim, close to the drain. I despise these molded things, but it was in the house when I bought and can not afford to replace it.

    Thank you and I think it is a spectacular job.

    Sheryll & Critters.

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  43. Just wondering the same things a lot of the other readers are wondering... What was the prep work? How well does it hold up? Hubby & I tried Rustoleum Tub & Tile on our clawfoot & it only lasted about 6 months before it started to chip... Thanks so much! :)

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  44. Kammy!! How come you havent shown us this before?! This is crazy fantastic!!!! Love this bath!! Do come and link it up at our party. This belongs in our Best of 2012 parade: http://www.finecraftguild.com/best-of-2012-linky-parties/

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  45. Looks good! I can't wait to do mine! It's been waiting for a year and a half :)

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  46. Was the inside of the tub chipped? Did you have to sand it all down?

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  47. I'm Curious too about the prep! I need to do this to a tub in a house we are trying to sell and I need to know if it is worth the trouble! Thanks Kammy in advance.

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  48. I am also curious about the prep work. We have to refinish a tub in an old home we are needing to sell. Will need to decide what to do within a week or so... Thanks Kammy

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  49. That's really does look awesome. We need to do our bathtub, but I think we will probably just hire someone locally that bathtub refinishing and showers instead of dealing with the mess ourselves.

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