Whatever style of home decorating you prefer, there is a bathroom fixture that is sure to please. From sleek modern tubs with Jacuzzi jets to vintage claw foot tubs, you’re selection of bathroom fixture will either clash with or enhance the overall feel of your home. In the same way, you might choose a cute classic pedestal sink for your bathroom, or you may prefer the sleek convenience of counter space and cabinets around a traditional sink. The choice is yours as you create that one of a kind bathroom. Luxury and charm are as close as your bathroom fixture.
The first bathroom fixture decision you face is whether to choose a modern or antique looking tub. If you favor the vintage look, you can choose a restored antique tub or a new reproduction bathroom fixture. Clawfoot tubs come in several basic styles. The traditional style is flat on one end and rounded on the other. It is probably the most commonly seen tub among antique bathroom fixtures.
The slipper tub, on the other hand, is higher on one end, indicating the intended side to lean against. You may like a double-ended slipper tub which is raised on each end. If you use a wall mounted faucet with this type of bathroom fixture, and place it at the center, you can bathe in either direction.
All of these have the claw-style feet, made either of white cast iron or contrasting metallic finish. Another vintage bathroom fixture look is the pedestal tub. This style is shaped like the oval clawfoot syle tub, but this bathroom fixture is skirted instead of having legs and feet.
When choosing a vintage style bathroom fixture, you can choose reproduction tubs in cast iron or in lighter weight acrylic. Reproduction vintage tubs are an investment, costing well over $1000, and possibly much higher. If you are able to spend more on your tub, you can choose a reproduction bathroom fixture that is equipped with whirlpool jets, for the best of old and new.
If you already own an older bathroom fixture, it can be professionally refinished to look new. This process, which can cost hundreds of dollars, consists of sandblasting the bathroom fixture down to the bare metal and painting on a new durable coating. This is a good way to have a vintage tub in a different color than white. Kits are available to do this yourself, but are not as durable as the professional methods of refinishing your bathroom fixture.
See Also: Acrylic Clawfoot Tubs