Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Price is Right, Baby!

Wake the kids and call the neighbors - one on our fine Vintage Tub & Bath clawfoot tubs is going to appear on the September 20th broadcast of the Price is Right! I won't spoil the surge of excitement you must certainly be experiencing at the moment by telling you if the contestant won the claw foot bathtub set or not - you'll have to find out on your own.


Clawfoot Tub Set


Thursday, September 08, 2005

Corner Sinks for Your Small Bathroom

So you have a small bathroom and regular size bathroom sinks just don’t fit. Fear not, humble reader, Vintage Tub & Bath to the rescue with a bevy of great corner bathroom sinks that fit almost any size bathroom.
Corner Pedestal Sink

The corner sinks we offer come in two basic styles: wall mounted and pedestal sinks.

The wall mounted corner sinks range in size from the tiny American Standard Minette Corner Basin Sink to our most popular wall-mounted corner sink, the Elizabethan Classics English Corner Turn Sink.

Vintage Tub & Bath also offers one corner pedestal sink - the Cheviot Petite Corner Pedestal Sink

If you know of a corner or pedestal sink that we don't carry, feel free to call us toll-free at 877-796-4134 or email us at supply@vintagetub.com. We can custom order any product not found on our site.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Painting the Exterior of an Old Claw Foot Tub

Preparation is the key to a good-looking claw foot tub exterior finish. There are four ways to prepare the exterior surface for refinishing and painting.

Wire Brush

Using a wire brush to remove the paint will usually only wear your arm out and provide you a mediocre surface for your primer coat. Obviously, we don’t recommend using a wire brush.

Sandpaper

An electric sander is a decent option depending on how many layers of paint you are dealing with. Remember, you will be creating a lot of dust when sanding so a well-ventilated area, dust mask, and safety glasses are required. You really should think safety - the paint you are taking off will likely contain lead, as most old paints had lead in them. Start with a coarse to a medium grade of sandpaper and, when you get to the cast iron layer, work your way down to a fine grit.

Chemical Paint Removers

Chemical paint removers are another option. If standard paint removers don’t work well, you can go to an auto parts store and ask for a stronger Aircraft Stripper. Chemical strippers are convenient, but exercise care when using them – they usually have strong chemical odors and harmful fumes. If you use chemicals, make certain to follow the safety precautions.

Sandblasting

Sandblasting is the most thorough way of removing paint. If you decide to have your tub sandblasted, make certain to tape off the edges of the roll rim, drain hole(s) and any faucet holes with a strong duct tape. This will help prevent damage to the porcelain during the sandblasting process. Again, you really need to think safety here if you decide to do the sandblasting on your own. Remember, you will be blasting chips of paint from the surface of the tub with a sand frit, and you don’t want to get that stuff in your eyes.

Once you clean the surface, you need to get a primer coat down as soon as possible. This is particularly true with a sandblasted tub. Exposed cast iron can begin to show signs of surface rust within hours of exposure.


When choosing paints, find a primer that adheres well to metal and a top coat that stands up well to moisture. When it doubt, look up the paint manufacturer online or ask the staff at the paint desk at your local hardware store.


One last thing: I would always recommend having the claw foot tub feet sandblasted. They have so much detail that it's difficult to clean out, and the results are almost always worth the extra effort to find a sandblaster. Again, make certain to get a primer coat on them as soon as possible to prevent rust from starting.

Friday, September 02, 2005

The Bathroom Diaries

What can I say? When you gotta go, you gotta go. But that doesn't mean you have to accept just any bathroom. Especially when you have The Bathroom Diaries to help guide you to just the place.

Aside from offering user reviews of thousands of restrooms worldwide, they also offer a gallery of the best bathrooms on earth. Their absolute best is the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre in Branson, Missouri.

According to The Bathroom Diaries: "The women’s room has a fountain, wainscoting, stained glass appointments and an Empire tin ceiling. Live orchids lay nestled at every granite and onyx pedestal sink. The fixtures are carved from black Italian marble and gold. Voluminous chandeliers soar overhead. The air is fragrant with 80,000 fresh violets (used per month). But in this glut of material luxury, simple needs are remembered--a rocking chair is placed at the changing nook. The gents facility is equally gorgeous yet manly with black lion head sinks, black leather chairs, and a marble fireplace. The burled walnut mirror was built in 1868. Men can bond over the hand-carved mahogany billiard table."

Now that's a bathroom!