Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I Confess I Have a Outdoor Bathtub

So, I have an outdoor bathtub.  Doesn't everyone?

I admit I got the idea from the publication, Coastal Living, quite a few years ago.  I saw a photograph of an old claw foot bathtub on an outdoor deck and just knew I could do that at the farmette.  Plus, I already knew there was a claw foot bathtub, original to this old house, in the barn.  

Never mind that the old tub didn't have any feet or that it was covered in manure.  Or, that the drain was plugged with tar.....I was determined.  I scraped out the manure and cleaned the tar out of the drain.  And then Secret Agent Man intervened with his magic wand grinder. 

Next it received a coat of acrylic paint and a new set of feet.  And then came Secret Agent Man's magic words of wisdom...., "Where are you going to put that thing?"  That question is usually reserved for those times when I let him know that I just purchased a very ancient piece of furniture. 



And, in case you were wondering, it is in a secluded spot.  Most definitely not next to the cow trough, mailbox, tractor parking, etc....

53 comments:

  1. Oh, love this! Stunning spot too,I don't have one as we have too many visitors popping in at all hours...!

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  2. Aw, it's cute! Now, have you ever used it?

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  3. How neat! Now the big question, who is going to be the first to use it?

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  4. Ladies - I confess (again) that this tub has been in working order for about three years. It has been used quite a few times and of course I was the first to use it!!!

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  5. If you didn't say, I would have thought it's new ! enjoy it !

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  6. oh, this is flippin' awesome!!! i want one!!!

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  7. I have an outdoor shower! Not nearly as pretty and inviting as the tub.
    There is something absolutely wonderful about scrubbing down under the stars (or sunshine). :)

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  8. Love this idea, how nice that you have a private spot to put it..the blue is great!

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  9. Call me chicken but still don't think I could take a bath there....

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  10. Much better than our big old ugly hot tub! I love to soak in a clawfoot tub and daydream... if I lived there I'd be in it every night!

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  11. Ah another idea for that "one day" when we get around to redoing our pool house...I can see a lovely little spot somewhere there...although my kiddos refer to our pool as a giant family bath this time of the year because the water is so warm!

    I have missed reading your wonderfully, beautiful blog and all your gorgeous photos as I have been on a semi-bloggy summer break but now I am back and ready to catch up!!!!!

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  12. Very nice idea!!
    Have a nice day
    ciao
    Matteo
    I must follow you!

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  13. On hot days I have been known to take the garden hose and shower(?) outdoors. Look away!

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  14. What a cutie-patootie idea! Years ago my parents had an old clawfoot tub in their storage building and my sister took it and had it restored to use in her guest bath. It really is stunning, and makes me wish I had claimed it earlier. haha

    Well, today is my last day of vaca. Tomorrow is admin. day #1, followed by registration day, another admin day, and then back to the daily grind on Monday. I think I may cry. :(

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  15. We have an outdoor bathtub...as a watering trough and it looks nothing like your pretty tub:)

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  16. I want one...I have actually seen one that heats the water with wood...I would settle for a clean horse trough...actually I think that is what I saw...maybe in Mary Jane's farm magazine.

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  17. That's a great piece of restoration. I'm impressed that you stayed with it, it looks gorgeous.

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  18. How cool! I just love that you painted it blue :)

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  19. Oh! I am so glad that you have an outdoor bathtub!
    This is something that is on my to-do list for our farmplace.
    When I was a kid, we lived out of a camper for a time, and I bathed in a stock trough.
    But, someday I would like to make outdoor bathing a little more classy;)
    How do you heat the water?
    I have seen it where they have it so you can build a small fire under the tub to make the water hot.
    If you havnt checked out Mary Jane's Farm website you should, she has these tubs on her farm (a link to her website is on my blog:)
    Have a great day!

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  20. I would most certainly use it!!! What a wonderful way to unwind!

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  21. I love that you painted the outside BLUE!

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  22. How wonderful!! I love it!!!

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  23. THE BOSS says not to go giving me ideas. If she catches me dragging the tub outside she's gonna give me a dose of BANGY-BANGY with that &$%#@!! cast iron skillet of hers. It would be nice to soak in a tub of cool water out in the backyard but the neighbors would probably all go blind.

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  24. My dream tub! This would work for me since I don't have any neighbors but the bears.
    I had a clawfoot tub once that my husband bought for 50 bucks. It was in an old upstairs apartment and wouldn't fit down the enclosed staircase. So he and several guys rigged up ropes and lowered it off of the balcony into the truck to bring home to me.
    Then a couple of years later my DH and I had his folks come to sit with our children while we went on a mini trip alone. We left some junk in the garage to be hauled
    away. My father in-law thought the tub was junk and had it taken away too. It was a standing joke that he owes me a clawfoot tub!

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  25. Now all you need is a decorative screen to go in front... I bet your hubs could whip one up in no time. :)

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  26. Awww, I really love that! The neighbours must love that too ~wink wink~

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  27. This is a new concept to me. I expected it to be filled with some kind of greenery !

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  28. So cute! I confess, I'm afraid if I tried to bathe in the great outdoors I'd get eaten alive by the mosquitoes. Our season for outdoor activities like this is pretty short. Like five minutes long. Except for this summer that is where we've been blistering hot and super humid ALL SUMMER LONG! It's getting old! Remind me of my complaint when January is here and it's subzero by 30 degrees...

    Enjoy your tub!

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  29. How neat! Now I found one too.... but buried it, plugged it.... and use it to raise nightcrawlers for fishin. Not nearly as daring or creative as you!

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  30. What a great idea. I'm very impressed that it has running water. So beautiful! I could go for a bath outside.

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  31. We've got one in our bathroom in this 100 year old farmhouse.. and a toilet where the tank is up near the ceiling and you flush it with a chain with a handle on the bottom. Would love one on my deck too!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  32. very, very cool!

    Hey, if I can sit on my back porch in my night gown, you can bathe in your secluded spot! Just make sure you have a towel or robe with you! lol!

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  33. Sandra - I don't have any neighbors....seriously!

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  34. Prairie Rose - I do have a hot water (and cold water) hose for this tub. So, I can get a nice, hot bath.

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  35. I want that tub and my husband would say the same thing! I totally have a place to hide that tub on the prairie. I love the claw feet and LOVE the cobalt blue. Fun!

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  36. Woow, outdoor bathtub, I want it too!! :)

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  37. A really lovely bathtub! I take a shower on my (secluded) terrace at night, when it's too hot. Not the case this year...

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  38. Such a pretty color and setting!

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  39. Oh I love it. That is such a sweet spot. I have a tub that we brought with us from our last house. I was going to have it refurbished and put it in the MB, but Patriot (the horse) drinks his water from it now.
    Hubby thought I was crazy for wanting to use it. I'm showing him this picture.

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  40. haha i love it!
    I have a "real" one inside in my bathroom! Bastiaan wanted floor heating, i wanted my tub! and whoohoo we got it!

    Thanks
    Leontien

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  41. LOVE IT!
    And the color makes it even better!!

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  42. Doesn't everyone have an outdoor bathtub???? :)

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  43. Some of us lecherous old coots take finding the tub as a challenge . . .

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  44. Farmchick -- job well done! Looks wonderful. I take it this will be your outdoor soaking bath place in the light of the moon? -- barbara

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  45. Have you read "Mama Makes Up Her Mind," by Bailey White? A must read between outdoor bath tub ladies!

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  46. You lucky girl - it is AWESOME!!!! Gorgeous!

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