Classic foot bath – this is the place for bliss, fun and dreams. Her image excites the imagination, while simultaneously recalling children's games with soap bubbles and romantic rest together. To update a vintage bath is not as difficult as it might seem at first glance.
Especially for readers of the Interiors Rooms portal we have analyzed all the advantages and disadvantages of restoring an old bath on legs compared to buying a new one.
This brand-new, classical oval-shaped bath with sculptured supports is very similar to the old models with legs in the form of lions' paws.
You ask: so what's the difference, except age? Antique baths, like the one depicted in the photo, were made of cast iron and covered with baked porcelain. They perfectly keep the heat, allowing a person to luxuriate in the water for a long time.
The problem is that most of about a hundred years old, and they look respectively. Such a bath weighs at least a hundred kilograms, and this too can be considered a disadvantage.
But you can save a lot on buying by paying only a few hundred dollars for the old model. Of course, the price directly depends on the size, style and condition of the bath.
The modern bath in the photo has the same shape as its predecessor. Such models, as a rule, are made of acrylic or fiberglass, and, therefore, weigh considerably less than cast iron. But they do not keep warm and quickly get covered with scratches.
The price is from 1000 to 2000 dollars. By the way, you can find a new bath of cast iron, but it will cost no less than 2500 dollars.
What to choose? It is worth acting on the circumstances. If you already have an old tub on your legs, which is part of the family history, you definitely should direct all your efforts to its recovery.
If you want to buy such a bath in an antique store or somewhere else, think in advance of all possible options for transporting your purchase, which, it is likely, will first have to be delivered to the workshop, and then home.
In some cases, the restoration of an old bath can cost a larger amount than buying a new one.
What is the process of updating?
First, try to find a bath in fairly good condition, with whole legs and undamaged casing. Estimate the degree of wear of the inner coating.
The original porcelain layer is always better than the newly applied glaze, which we'll talk about yet. Ideally, you just need to wash the bath thoroughly.
Do not use abrasive cleaners, aggressive acids or metal brushes. But a mixture of water, ammonia and baking soda will be safe for the most delicate surface.
If the cleaning is not able to restore the original appearance of the bath, you will have to turn to specialists who will independently treat the damaged surface and apply a layer of acrylic or special paint to it. The whole process takes no more than one day.
Do not try to paint the bath yourself. This is just as impossible as in the case of a car body. The surface will not be smooth, and the coating will be very short-lived.
As you can see, the classic white color is not the only possible one.
In any case, the acrylic coating will not last you as long as the original porcelain enamel. Most companies give 5 years warranty on their work.
Do not forget about the outer surface of the bath and its legs. After all, they will become part of the decor of the room as a whole.
First of all, you need to prepare the surface for decoration. There is a possibility that the old coating contains lead, so it is better to contact specialists who will remove the paint layer using a sandblaster. As a rule, such processing is carried out only in the workshop conditions, and not at home.
Cleaned surface must be treated with a special primer against rust, and then cover it with latex paint, resistant to moisture and temperature changes.
Where to buy?
In many cities there are so-called flea markets or flea markets that carry out a completely civilized sale of old interior items. Help in searching should specialized sites and resources with private ads.
Once again, we urge you not to try to deliver a heavy cast iron bath yourself to the workshop or home, but to organize its transportation in advance, for example, by a cargo taxi.
Now you can start creating a bathroom interior.
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Bathroom in the interior of the bathroom is central and therefore to its appearance it is necessary to approach with all responsibility, in this I completely agree with the author of the article. In the material presented above, I was especially impressed with the bathroom with unusual legs in the form of petals. For such a bathroom, I immediately want to create an interior with the same style. By the way, having bought an antique bathroom on some flea market, it is necessary to restore it qualitatively. And this is by no means a cheap pleasure. But if you really want an individual style in the interior, then it's worth it!
I really like vintage baths on legs. I believe that it embodies all the best from the golden age! How do you like the options in the photo?
Vintage baths on the legs add a special charm to any bathroom. I liked the examples of interior design in the photo!
Thank you for the advice, very interesting and sensible written. Baths on the legs are a real vintage charm!
In my own experience I know how hard and expensive it is to restore an old bath on legs. But after the work done, she that year surprises with her personality.
A classic foot bath is something that will never go out of fashion. In any case, there is a connoisseur who will buy such a beautiful thing in his world of dreams. So many original forms and ideas. Even the simplest bath can bring absolute uniqueness to the interior design of your bathroom.
Of the old unremarkable bathtubs, which most people send to a landfill, a unique piece of furniture is not given to everyone. But the effort is worth it, you can try it somehow.
I agree, the restoration of the old bath will cost a pretty penny. But how the interior plays with it! No super-modern heaped shower can not compare with the bathroom. It's so feminine – to get into a cloud of fragrant white foam and dream . Like in an old Hollywood movie. A real vintage chic and glitter.
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