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Re-Paint a Claw-Foot Tub

Re-Paint a Claw-Foot Tub

spring farmhouse bathroom
Written by Heather Lusk
Photography by David Sparks
Styling by Carey Johnson

Painting the outside of a claw-foot tub can have dramatic results for a simple process. Instagrammer Carey Johnson found her two tubs through online sellers, and here’s how she re-painted them and what you’ll need to re-paint your claw-foot.

A rustic galvanized steel ceiling contrasts with the elegance of the crystal chandelier in the master bathroom. Carey rescued the barn door from an old barn the couple was commissioned to tear down, and it now gives the wall dimension.

What You’ll Need:

  •  Claw-foot bathtub
  •  Stain remover, such as SoftScrub
  •  Painter’s tape and tarps
  •  Mask and gloves
  •  Medium-grit sandpaper or sanding block
  •  Paint of choice (Carey prefers Rustoleum 2x Ultra Cover)
  •  Optional: paintbrush
  • Optional: wax finish

What You’ll Do:

1. To clean up the tub’s interior, use a stain remover. Often, a lot of elbow grease is all that’s required in lieu of pricey reglazing for the tub’s interior.
2. Tarp of the area, and tape of any porcelain areas that won’t be painted.
3. Sand the exterior by hand using a medium-grit sandpaper or sanding block. Wear a mask, as the finish may include lead paint.
4. Now it’s time to paint. Use chalk paint or milk paint with a brush, or a spray paint to cover the outer surface area of the tub.
5. If you’re using chalk paint or milk paint, finish it with a wax to protect the surface. You can use a clear or tinted wax, depending on your desired finish.

You can carry over your tub’s paint color to other pieces of furniture in your bathroom for a cohesive, soothing feel.

To see more of Carey’s home, hop on over to A Flower-Filled Spring Farmhouse. Looking for more DIY painting projects? Find inspiration and know-how from Chippy Furniture DIY Makeover. And of course, Of course, don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest to get your daily dose of farmhouse inspiration!

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