salvaging vintage cinderella tub

KiwigemAugust 16, 2014

Hi, all. I posted this in bathrooms, too, but thought maybe the question is better suited to this forum. In the house we are demolishing next to the home we are building is a vintage white cinderella tub in great shape. I'd like to use it in one of our kids' bathrooms, but GC is saying he doesn't think the labor is worth it. So I'm thinking of freeing the tub myself so all he has to do is move it over and install it.
Any tips or insights on how/whether to do this?
Thanks in advance!

The tub looks exactly like this one:

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Fori is not pleased

I can't help you but I support your efforts wholeheartedly. I hope you can do it!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 1:21PM
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EmmJay

Same here, no tips but I sure hope you've able to salvage it. What a wonderful MCM relic! Myself, I'm waiting anxiously for the day when colored tubs and sinks come back into fashion.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 2:47PM
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musicgal

It looks like it's in very good shape. Just the fact it is cast iron makes it a unique asset... plus the obvious cool factor. I think I saw a new Kohler cast iron tub that looked a lot like that online for over 3K.

Cover it before you demo. Shut off all the utilities and take the walls out carefully. Disconnect your plumbing and save any copper you find. Get some help to pry it up from the floor and put it on a pallet and roll it next door.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 4:04PM
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amberm145_gw

I think your GC just doesn't like it.

I am planning to BUY a used bathtub, and possibly have it refinished (depending on the tub I end up with), and it's still a worthwhile savings over buying a new one with a similar look.

But, if the end result is that your brand new house ends up with a bathroom that most people are tearing out, then it's not worth saving the money. So, if that's what your GC is envisioning, then he's going to advise you against it.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 10:10PM
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caben15

What an interesting tub! Our home had a 1960s era American Standard alcove apron tub in tiffany blue. We looked into resurfacing it since my wife hated the color. Cost about the same as a new tub (new alcove tubs can be had for a bargain). I was concerned the new finish would end up peeling so we discarded the cool older tub. :-(

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 10:34PM
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Kiwigem

Caben- trends always come around! My dad is coming up to help me set the tub free, so I'll let you all know how it goes... fingers crossed!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 6:20PM
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sbdesign

I certainly would not use your general contractor's opinion as a measure of your tub's worth. First, if you like it, it doesn't matter what someone else thinks. Second, some people have a disdain for anything that isn't new. My BIL, a former journeyman subcontractor who considers himself THE expert in all things construction, cannot comprehend why we would choose a vintage clawfoot tub over a new, fyberglass tub with built-in shower surround for our new home. He repeatedly tells us how many clawfoot tubs he has hauled to the dump, and how they are merely junk. I just mention how much money he has lost by not selling that junk. Some people simply don't get it.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 9:27PM
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beautybutdebtfree

Very cool tub. My first thought was you're gonna need to upsize your water heater, and feed lines. That will take a LOT of hot water, for a bath!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 11:15AM
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sbdesign

"...you're gonna need to upsize your water heater, and feed lines. That will take a LOT of hot water, for a bath!"

True, but this tub can fit two people, so double the water efficiency and double the fun!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 1:14PM
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DLM2000

Stupid question of the day: why is it called a cinderella tub?

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 1:19PM
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Kiwigem

Dlm2000- Lol! It is kind of a dumb name isn't it? I think it was just marketing. If you look at the ads for that kind of squarish tub from the era it's all women sitting in a bubble bath painting their toenails; Getting ready for the ball, as it were.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 5:04PM
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amberm145_gw

sbdesign, your BIL should at least be taking those tubs to a metal recycler. They at least have value for the 300 lbs of cast iron.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 8:47PM
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ILoveRed

"I'd like to use it in one of our kids' bathrooms, but GC is saying he doesn't think the labor is worth it. So I'm thinking of freeing the tub myself so all he has to do is move it over and install it. "

How many gallons of water does this tub need?

Do you know the measurements of this tub?

I hate to be the only negative person but I doubt that I would do this. I love anything vintage but this tub looks like it will need a lot of real estate for a kids room.

I do love the tub.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:41PM
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Kiwigem

It's about 48" square overall, if memory serves. Maybe 46. It's not deeper than normal. With the little bench area, in person it doesn't look as though it would take more water than a regular tub. The kids aren't really bath takers, mostly showers, but what's nice about this is that it's like a shower base you can take a bath in once in a while.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 12:38AM
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Kiwigem

We did it! It actually was much easier than I expected. Think we'll hire a moving company to move the tub in to place- not sure the construction guys will baby it like I think it deserves. :-) We even managed to preserve the solid surface shower surround. In the photo the tub is dirty, but it's in perfect shape.

Red, good observation. The kids' bath in question is larger than average (10X10) because it is designed to serve as an alternate master suite should an elderly family member ever need to move in to our first floor master suite.

This post was edited by Kiwigem on Thu, Aug 21, 14 at 19:01

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 6:59PM
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dekeoboe

Happy to hear it worked out for you!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 9:14PM
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Kiwigem

I found out more about it, too! Apparently the technical term is a "shower receptor tub." This one is the Crane Neuvogue:

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 9:32PM
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ILoveRed

Wow, that is a great tub. Don't know where you are in child rearing but you could bathe 2 or 3 kids at a time in that tub or grandkids! Fun.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 11:51PM
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