The Pin Junkie: How To Refinish A Vintage Tub

How To Refinish A Vintage Tub

How To Refinish A Vintage Tub
Hi friends! I'm Sarah from 702 Park Project. I'm so excited and honored to be sharing a post with you on Bonnie's lovely blog! As a self-proclaimed Pinterest junkie myself, I love browsing the blog for lots of yummy eye candy! My husband and I have been restoring our 1902 house for a little over a year now. It was in foreclosure and in shambles when we found it, and we're proud to say we've brought it back to life! We lucked out in finding a vintage 1920s "baby" clawfoot tub that was perfect for the bathroom we were renovating. When I stumbled upon this pin, I knew that I just HAD to have a classic black and white bathroom!
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So today I'd like to take you through the steps of refinishing a vintage tub. It's actually surprisingly easy, especially if you're on a tight budget! We started out with this very dingy tub. We discussed several different color options for the bottom of the tub, but ultimately decided that we just couldn't beat the classic black.

how to refinish vintage tub


how to refinish vintage tub
Step 1:
Clean out the inside, then flip the tub over to paint. We used a shop vac to vacuum out all the dirt and dust, then Comet and a pumice stone to clean the tub.

refinishing vintage tub
refinishing vintage tub
Step 2:
Scrape all the paint, rust, etc. that you can off the outside of the tub. We used a wall scraper and sanding blocks, as well as a pumice stone.

how to refinish vintage tub


Step 3: After the tub feels as smooth and even as possible, paint on a coat of Rustoleum primer. We went with brown since we were painting a dark color. (I had a little fun telling my hubby that this was the actual paint color I had chosen!) It's important to note that both the Rustoleum primer and paint go a looooong way. We used the primer on this tub, a larger pedestal tub, and all 8 of our fireplace covers and we still didn't go through the entire quart!

how to refinish vintage tub


how to refinish vintage tub

Step 4: Once the primer has dried completely (usually a few hours), paint the tub with Rustoleum in your color choice. We went with interior/exterior gloss black. You may need to add more coats as necessary.

how to refinish vintage tub

Step 5: Flip the tub over and install! We gave it another good cleaning after it was installed.

refinished vintage bath tub


refinished vintage bath tub

See, wasn't that easy?! After we purchased the tub, the project only cost us about $40, so it is definitely a budget-friendly option. Thanks again for having me, Bonnie! :)  

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2 comments:

  1. I love Sarah and all the work she's doing on her wonderful home. Great post!

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    1. Her refinished bath tub looks great! I can't believe she did it for only $40.00!

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