My Lil’ Helper and the Tub

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When we first moved to the farmhouse, I was concerned about how Cami Grace would react not only to her new surroundings, but also to the constant craziness of living in a renovation zone. She has surprised me with her willingness to help and with her busyness. My lil’ helper is adorable, but sometimes not very helpful.

To Cami Grace everyday on the farm is an adventure, and wherever mommy is  that is right where she wants to be.


We want to put classic, period pieces back into the farmhouse without making it feel like a museum. One of the ways we are doing this is by putting a clawfoot tub in the bathroom we are adding upstairs. I picked up this 1915 cast iron beauty at a local antique shop for $125. The inside needed a good scrubbing with a Magic Eraser which got out most of the stains and rust marks. We decided to leave the few chips in the enamel. I couldn’t afford to have the tub powder coated and I loved the natural age the tub so gracefully showed. However it was pretty rusty on the outside and had an 1980’s paint job in emerald green which had to go.

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Yes, I am one of those moms who lets their baby run around in a diaper when it’s 95º out. She wishes that this was everyday. Notice, that she still wanted her hair bow, no matter the weather.


The inside of the tub is in pretty good shape, so my main concern was getting the outside of the tub looking like it did in it’s glory days. First, my hubby removed the cheap looking 1980’s hardware. Next, turning the tub over he popped off the feet. Then I was able to start stripping the old paint off. Most of it was in such bad condition that I just peeled it off with very little effort.


A wire brush, Rust-o-lium paint, and some elbow grease were really all this claw foot tub needed.


I don’t want to spoil the big bathroom reveal so the rest of the story will have to wait till later, but here is a sneak peak of the finished tub…


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