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Monday, September 25, 2006

Baby Whale All Grown Up

Heeheeheeheeeeeeeeeee! That's the sound of me being giddy. The tub? It is painted!

I couldn't find the "Canvas White" spray paint I wanted in any of the local stores and ended up having to order it online in a 6-pack (from Aubuchon Hardware). It arrived on Friday, and automatically Darwin and I both knew what we'd be doing Saturday, whether we liked it or not.

The color of the cap was just slightly lighter than the cap of the Almond spray paint.



I was anxious (I'll wait while you recover from the shock), but it turned out fine. Canvas White is the exact color we needed, and before it's over I think we'll need all six cans.

"Before it's over?" you say ... "I thought you were finished."

Yeah, well "finished" is a flexible term around here. The tub itself is pretty much finished, though we'll probably do one more coat.

Two out of four claw feet are primed, though OF COURSE we ran out of primer. The last two feet need to be buffed with a wire brush and washed to get any loose rust-dust off.

While dealing with the feet, D noticed two are marked 5 1/4 on the back, and two are marked 6. They are two different heights. We assume the shorter feet were intended to go toward the faucet end of the tub to help it drain better. But we are considering using the tall feet on the same side of the tub to help offset the slant in the bathroom floor. Maybe this is the intended purpose after all? Or maybe there were multiple purposes.

The feet look worlds universes better now that they're not all gunked with rust and old toxic paint. Ooh, so pretty.



And now for the moment you've been waiting for, the money shot:



Oops, wrong money shot. :) That's Darwin finishing up taping around the edge of the tub, which he wisely insisted we do. Lest anyone think I did nothing, I taped most of the edge. Yeah, and I scraped the rest of the paint off the feet while Darwin spray-painted the tub. I also spray painted some of the second coat.

So I'm not useless, even though I am so pathetic that I'm even bad at spray painting. And my forearm was sore the next day from holding down that stupid little button.

Anyway, I will now distract you with pictures so you will forget all about what I just said:



Is that not the perfect color? I love you, Canvas White.

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10 Comments:

JLynnette said...

Your tub looks great! Good job.

9:28 PM  
Christine said...

Looks good!~ I bet you can't wait to be able to look at it all ready to be used in the bathroom!

9:14 AM  
Maggie said...

that is so awesome! we have a tub to do. it's been on the list for a year. i can't wait- thanks for the motivation!

11:14 AM  
chris said...

That looks great! We just finished ours and installed it a few weeks ago.

We painted it black and have the feet chrome, but for the next (yes, next) bathroom I am thinking of going with white after seeing your tub.

7:30 AM  
John said...

Congratulations! It looks great (but the best part will be when you finally get to use it)!

8:07 AM  
mindy said...

YAY! It looks great. I am really, really hoping I'll somehow talk Teague into wrestling a clawfoot up our cramped little stairwell.

And these words ring soooo true to me:
Yeah, well "finished" is a flexible term around here.

;)

1:57 PM  
Maddy said...

You both have done an amazing job on the tub, it's beautiful. :)

9:28 PM  
Trissa said...

You crack me up! The tub looks great- when do you think you'll get it installed?

9:47 PM  
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Anonymous said...

I just found your blog by following a bunch of "favorite blogs" links. Hey, please tell me: What is the condition of the inside of your clawfoot? We have two now, one in each bathroom, and the larger of the two has a low spot in the bottom where it once rusted out, now repainted but water collects there rather than draining. I'd love to know what to use to fill it in so that the tub drains properly.

Thanks!

11:18 AM  

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