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Restore Clawfoot Tub

Summary: Antique clawfoot bathtubs and pedestal sinks are excellent candidates for refinishing and far more desirable than reproductions. Miracle Method can restore them to like new.

Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB)
May 14, 2007 --

Victorian clawfoot bathtubs and pedestal sinks are finding their way back into bathrooms of new homes and remodels. The charm a clawfoot bathtub, pedestal sink, or an antique lavatory adds to a home is undeniable. These vintage bath fixtures reflect simpler times when bathing was a relaxing and special event.

Miracle Method, the nation’s largest surface restoration network, with over 120 US locations has been restoring antique bathroom fixtures for nearly 30 years. “These fixtures are works of art that deserve an experienced craftsman to restore them,” according to Chuck Pistor, President of Miracle Method. "Our process can make any porcelain finish as bright and glossy as the day it was manufactured. Even deep porcelain chips or cracks can be repaired."

While reproductions are available, the most desirable fixtures are those rescued from architectural salvage yards or even barnyards. No matter how pitted, rusted, or chipped the tub or sink is, it can be restored to its original beauty.

A clawfoot tub is often the centerpiece of a bathroom-remodeling project. Early period tubs were made in many styles, shapes, and sizes. Selecting the one right for you will make your bathroom that much more unique and special.

Restoration begins by sandblasting the exterior of the tub to remove old paint and rust. The exterior of most tubs is rough, exposed cast iron. You can choose to leave it in its rough, natural condition or have it filled and sanded smooth, which allows for a glossy exterior. Either way, the exterior is sealed and can be refinished in any color.

Then the interior of the tub is cleaned and chips or scratches are repaired. A variety of colors are available for the interior porcelain. The most common color is white, but almond and bone are also popular. Custom colors are also available. With the Miracle Method process, customers have the option of matching the color of their tub with a pedestal sink or other fixtures to fit any decor.

The feet are in a class by themselves. Some feet are fairly simple and plain. Others have bold designs or incredible detail of animal claws. They can be refinished to match or contrast with the exterior, but the recommended treatment is to have them plated in chrome, nickel, bronze or even gold. If a foot is missing, Miracle Method is able to have a matching clawfoot recast. All claw feet are not the same and will differ from model-to-model, year-to-year, brand-to-brand and front-to-back. Do not lose the feet. Finding new ones to fit your tub can be challenging.

Once the tub is refinished, there are a variety of antique reproduction faucets, handles, drains, overflow covers, etc., to make your antique tub functional. Miracle Method refinishers can help you find exactly what you need.

Many Miracle Method locations stock un-restored clawfoot tubs, pedestal and farm sinks as well as other fixtures. In all shapes and sizes, these tubs and fixtures are available to be restored. The average cost of restoring a tub ranges from $750 - $1000 depending on the condition and selected finishes. Costs to restore pedestal sinks range from $350 - $550.