As you can see from the Master Bathroom Inspiration Board I created above, the tub was a front-and-center element for me. I love baths, and it was important for the tub to be comfortable and beautiful. I’m a tall girl, so the tub needed to be long, and I wanted it to be deep. Oh, and I also wanted to stick with the original tub’s material, cast iron. It holds heat longer, and I wanted to keep with the time period of my home. My husband was iffy in this – cast iron is so heavy, and he worried about getting it up the stairs. I will tell you, it was no small feat, it took eight burly men!!
I originally wanted the silver matte looking finish shown in the above picture. Through a little research, I learned this is TRULY silver leaf, and guess what, it tarnishes. The lady I spoke with told me this was the type of tub you put in a bathroom “you don’t use much”. Uhhhhhh this is the Master Bath, and who has a bathroom they don’t use much?! So that was out as I do not plan on polishing my tub every time I use it…was there a way to mix Beauty and Practicality?
Why yes, there is.
I found this gorgeous 68″ double pedestal cast iron tub via Vintage Tub & Bath. The best part is that you can get it custom painted! There are lots of beautiful finishes, and I chose “liquid mercury”.
The white rim peeking over the silver finish is so pretty to me. It gives a modern updated feel to a traditional looking cast iron tub so you still get the classic feel with a little twist, a little surprise if you will.
I think it contrasts nicely with the floor and other elements of the room. It’s a simple statement piece in the space.
As you know, I like the look of mixed metal, so I thought an unlacquered brass tub filler would look really pretty next to the silver tub. If you have ever tried to find this type of plumbing fixture, you know the finish can be difficult to find unless you go European (which oftentimes does not fit American plumbing standards – I learned this lesson after I ordered a pair of beautiful drains that did not fit my barber shop sink). But I have discovered that Newport Brass and Sunrise Specialty have a selection of unlacquered plumbing fixtures in case you are looking. My tub filler is from Sunrise. (I don’t see the unlacquered brass option so you may have to call to order it since it is a specialty finish)
It looks really lovely with the tub, and my kids think the sprayer on top is a phone. : )
I cannot wait for a long soak when this reno is over!
(In case you missed it) The Master Bathroom Renovation from the beginning:
* Special thanks to Vintage Tub & Bath for sponsoring this post.