One of the things that sold me on my old farmhouse was the downstairs claw foot tub. I have always wanted an old, romantic tub to soak in and to my surprise when touring my house for the first time … there was another claw foot tub in the upstairs bathroom. The downstairs tub was in good shape but needed a facelift. It had that 80’s faux pas marble finish to it and doesn’t fit with my lighter decor. I realized my future included painting a claw foot tub – and I’m glad I did it. Here’s what the tub looks like with its new paint job:
I wanted a bit of a French look so printed a fleur-de-lis on my computer and cut it out. I then taped it onto the tub and traced it very lightly with a pencil. Using Paris Grey Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I painted it by hand using a small artist’s brush.
To get the stripes even, I taped them off with frog tape. I rubbed the tape firmly onto the tub so that no paint would leak through. Once the stripes had dried slightly but not completely, I carefully peeled off the frog tape.
Painting a claw foot tub isn’t hard to do. I’m happy with the way it turned out. The before was too dark and had the 80’s style of faux painting on it. I felt just a little bad covering it with white paint … but not too bad, because I love my French looking tub!
Here’s the “Before.”
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