Rub A Dub Tub
Southern Accents is seeing a huge resurgence in the popularity of clawfoot tubs. The antique, cast iron tubs are one of our most sought after items as we get numerous inquiries each week from customers looking for them. We take advantage of every opportunity to rescue these beauties! While many of the tubs that we obtain aren't in perfect condition, our friend Stephen Bush, at Rub-a-Dub Tub, is an expert when it comes to lovingly restoring them to like new condition!
Most of the old cast iron tubs and sinks can be refinished and given a new life. We are all familiar with the traditional white, roll top bath tub, but what many don't realize, is that there are numerous finish options available. Your tub can be turned into your own unique work of art! In addition to unlimited color options, the exterior of the tub can even be finished in stone, glass or tile! If you want a rustic look, a "wood" finish can be applied to the exterior giving the bath the look of real wood!
Restoring a procelain finish cast iron tub is a multi step process. The outside of the tub is first sandblasted, primed and sanded to be ready to paint. The interior of the tub is cleaned and etched. It then receives a coat of primer followed by a top coat of paint. The painted tub is then wet sanded and polished to give it that smooth finish before a final coat of acrylic urethane is applied. Unlike the cheap appliance paints that you can purchase in hardware stores, this detailed method of restoration ensures that your tub or sink is brought back to like-new condition.
Often, the tubs we rescue may be missing one or more feet. Fitting an antique tub with feet is quite a task. Tubs are custom fitted for their specific feet when cast, therefore each type of foot has a unique peg connection, peg length, and curvature of the top of the foot that must match the tub. We have a collection of tub feet that we pull from when needed. When replacing feet on a tub, we install a safety clip to the back of the leg to help secure the feet, preventing them from coming off. These safety clips are cast especially for Southern Accents to ensure the tub is stable when it is being filled with water once installed in a home.
Most salvaged clawfoot tubs, before refinishing, range in price from $350 to $650. The refinishing cost ranges in price from approximately $850 to $1200. Visit Southern Accents showroom or website to view our collection of antique and vintage bath fixtures which include clawfoot tubs, pedestal and farmhouse sinks and more!
April 23, 2014, Vol. 149
Southern Makers - Alabama Seafood Cook-Off
Tickets for the public are limited and they are going fast!
Come and mingle with the 2015 Makers while enjoying live music, complimentary drinks, the Alabama Seafood Cook-Off, and good times at the EAT South urban farm.
This year Alabama Gulf Seafood will be hosting an Alabama Seafood Cook-Off competition as part of the entertainment! The winner of the competition will represent the State of Alabama in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off held in New Orleans.
- Alabama Seafood Cook-Off hosted by Alabama Gulf Seafood
- Beer by Blue Pants Brewery in Madison, AL
- Cathead Vodka mixing spring cocktails with their honeysuckle vodka
- Live music by Bark
Where: EAT South Urban Farm in Downtown Montgomery, AL
When: Friday, May 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Visit SouthernMakers.com and click 'Buy Tickets Here' to be redirected to our ticketing page. Farm Party Tickets are located at the end of the list!
All proceeds from ticket sales benefit E.A.T. South, a non-profit organization that encourages healthy lifestyles through education and sustainable food production in urban areas throughout the southeast.
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