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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 29, 2009
12:29 PM

Post #6752951

Rusty old tub, or...

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 29, 2009
12:31 PM

Post #6752958

Shiny new water feature!

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 29, 2009
12:42 PM

Post #6752982

I know some of you may have seen this. I started a thread in the Water Garden Forum with several pics and the story behind my rusty old tub. I thought it really is Garden Art so I put a link there and also think it is a great Trash to Treasure piece so I thought you might be interested as well. So here is the link that will take you to the thread with all the pics and the story behind the project. Please let me know what you think and if any of you have a project like this one.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1008082/

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greyma
Mukwonago, WI

June 29, 2009
1:14 PM

Post #6753086

nice job!!! love the colors you chose
Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

June 29, 2009
3:34 PM

Post #6753740

Holly, I just went and read the link about your wonderful tub. What a wonderful job your boys did painting it, love the color. Memories and beauty all in one. A piece you probably are so proud of. Glad I popped in on this thread.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 29, 2009
6:20 PM

Post #6754431

What a neat idea!
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 1, 2009
12:35 AM

Post #6760869

Thanks everyone, It sure was fun doing it. It is nice that my guys can put together whatever I dream up. The facet came from my son's house left over from a bath remodel and there is always some copper pipe laying around. I was at a family picnic and was telling my uncle what we did with his old tub, then sat around and talked about summers up at his old cottage.
helenchild
Decatur, GA

July 1, 2009
9:29 PM

Post #6764759

I would put that tub in my bathroom. They are the best for a long soak.
They use to be a dime a dozen and were used for watering livestock. They are probably hard to come by now.
I love the red color Holly. Very sharp!
Keep the juices of our imaginations flowing!

Helen
thelittleflower
Penfield, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 2, 2009
12:41 AM

Post #6765642

Very Nice.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 2, 2009
12:45 AM

Post #6765661

Helen, Yes it was used to water our horses for years, it came from my uncles summer place and I have many good childhood memories from there, then we got it and used it in our corral for the horses, my kids put fish (when they were small) and beer kegs (when they got older) in it.
helenchild
Decatur, GA

July 2, 2009
2:06 AM

Post #6766113

It sounds like your tub is having a good life.

:-)
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 2, 2009
5:24 AM

Post #6766836

Very cool! I got myself a rusty old clawfoot tub today. Can't wait to transform it! :)
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 2, 2009
11:04 AM

Post #6767217

Please post pics when you get it done. I would love to see it.
iluvcatz
Westerly, RI

July 6, 2009
10:02 PM

Post #6786074

Thats somthing I want to do but I dont have any room to put an oud bath tub at my apartment:(
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 8, 2009
3:10 PM

Post #6793057

iluvcatz, That is the nice thing about small water features, you can move them around or take them with you when you move. Maybe not enough space for a tub like mine but keep your eyes open and look for a vessel that will hold water. Maybe an old wash tub or one of the new ones they sell for holding ice and party drinks. They are comming out with a lot of smaller water plants for small water features.
iluvcatz
Westerly, RI

July 8, 2009
6:29 PM

Post #6793883

its the yard space.
iluvcatz
Westerly, RI

July 8, 2009
6:29 PM

Post #6793884

its the yard space.
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

July 9, 2009
4:01 PM

Post #6797794

I love everything about your new water garden and love the color you chose. You did a fantastic job on it!

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 11, 2013
11:25 AM

Post #9415553

This looks great Holly Ann... I am betting with a little age and the rust coming through the red paint it even looks better now. Very Cool!
Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

February 11, 2013
4:20 PM

Post #9415909

I'm glad to see this forum bumped up DavidofDeLand. With spring just around the corner I'm hoping to see a lot of the forums get busy.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

February 11, 2013
4:24 PM

Post #9415915

Hello , Holly Ann . Haven't seen you in a long time .
I ran into a deal on two very pristeen tubs last summer . One for an outdoor spa and one for a water garden . So many plans and so little time .
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 11, 2013
5:04 PM

Post #9415980

Yes, It has been awhile since I posted on the T2T. Lots of interesting new projects going on. You are so right so many plans and so little time. I am getting a stack of old window shutters I have a few ideas on what to do with them.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

February 11, 2013
5:10 PM

Post #9415986

I have a few . Also door shutters bifold , each section 1 foot wide . Attach together and fold so back is two foot wide and sides stick out one ft . Will take shelves 2x1 seven foot tall . For my sewing room . (If I get around to it )

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 11, 2013
5:25 PM

Post #9416006

Thank you Pegi. I Think the same.

Holly Ann's tub is fun. It will be fun to see what she does with it this year!
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

February 11, 2013
6:14 PM

Post #9416060

Great job with the tub. I love the red !
There was a time when you could find those anywhere...now when you see one they want two hundred bucks for it.
When we remodeled our house in the early '60's my dad took a tub like that and sunk it in the ground and made a pond out of it. The way he did it looked kinda dumb, but us kids loved it. Our black Lab loved it too...he was always in it.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 11, 2013
6:43 PM

Post #9416083

Here is the back story on the tub.
I have an old cast iron tub and it has some history. I have childhood memories of it sitting up at my Uncleís summer place along Shermanís Creek. Bathroom facilities consisted of an outhouse and this outside tub with a hand pump. Later after Uncle built a more modern facility it graced my corral as a watering trough for the horses. As a young boy my son would bring small fish up from our nearby creek and keep them for a few days occasionally going down to pet them. The horses didnít seem to mind. Later after the horses were just a memory it was moved out to the edge of the pasture near the yard where it held excess water plants, provided water during a summer drought to the local deer herd and more than once was filled with ice and beer kegs. It had become a bit of an eyesore as I tended to pile up rocks around it as I was working around the yard and didnít bother with weeding that area. Then in a fit of excess energy I removed that last vestiges of old pasture fence, moved out the rocks, pulled the weeds and leveled the ground. I had Ric drag it out to the edge of the road where it was destined to places unknown. At the time I had thought what a shame to get rid of it but I have no use for it. Besides my mind was centered on that new clean area and how nice it looked.
My son an adult now showed up saw the tub sitting out along the road and said Mom you arenít getting rid of that! So it was moved back into the front yard and I turned my mind in a new direction. Letís make a water garden.
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

February 11, 2013
7:30 PM

Post #9416141

Great story with an even greater ending. It pays to listen to the kids now then, eh ?

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 12, 2013
4:47 AM

Post #9416339

It was a great story...
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 12, 2013
5:20 AM

Post #9416371

Thanks, There are many stories in my Gardens. I am sure you also have many stories in your gardens as well.
lovetopaint
Newark, DE

February 12, 2013
8:06 AM

Post #9416541

Holly - love the tub and love the story. Thanks for sharing.

I have wanted to do something like this myself, but I had a little different thought. What if the copper pipe was taller and had a shower head on it, set to a wide spray. Then you connected a small sump pump to it. It wouldn't have to run constantly ,but when you wanted to aerate the water or just enjoy the "rain" sound it would be perfect. I think it would bring a smile too, seeing that shower in the middle of the yard. Heck after a hot day's work in the yard I'd have my head under it. A little algae never hurt anyone and I'd be taking a real shower shortly anyway. ^-^

Just my 2 cents.

Debbie

DavidofDeLand

DavidofDeLand
DeLand, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 12, 2013
9:03 AM

Post #9416594

An incredibly cool idea Debbie! Love it...

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

February 12, 2013
11:26 AM

Post #9416724

Waving Holly..love your garden art..
Debbie, what a fantastic idea..
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 12, 2013
12:06 PM

Post #9416761

Thanks everyone.
Lovetopaint, Mine is set up so that the water goes down the drain and recirculates via copper pipes back up and thru the faucet. Your shower head would be a great idea especially if you had it against a wall that would make plumbing it much easier.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

February 17, 2013
7:58 AM

Post #9421760

Holly, I'm so glad your son inspired you to save it!
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 17, 2013
8:46 AM

Post #9421802

So am I.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

March 1, 2013
8:16 PM

Post #9436075

Great Tub & story What did you use to refinish your tub .. I have one that I want to put in the house that needs a little TLC
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

March 1, 2013
8:53 PM

Post #9436125

Well, I didn't do anything at all to the interior and although you can't see most of it there are several chips to the enamel finish. Not to mention a rather large curved gouge in the bottom from one of the horses hooves. I used both a sandblaster and grinder on the outside of the tub, there was a fairly deep layer of rust to get though. Ric painted it with a bright orange enamel paint for me. He used his spray gun and I would need to ask him what type of paint.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

March 2, 2013
8:11 PM

Post #9437012

thanks HollyAnn
Cicca
Herndon, VA
(Zone 6b)

April 13, 2013
11:16 AM

Post #9482540

Lots of people have these refinished and installed in their homes now. :)
I for one would love to have a nice old cast iron tub in my future home... Maybe I'll luck out someday? Sadly I'm still an apartment dweller thus I'm stuck to container gardening in a tiny space.
Congrats I can't wait to see pics of it this year after a bit of time has passed. I hope it has been kind to your tub.
~C~
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 13, 2013
11:21 AM

Post #9482548

Yes, It has the tub is still up and running I will be getting it ready for summer pretty soon.
hamp2468
Valdosta, GA
(Zone 8a)

June 10, 2013
9:25 AM

Post #9553528

Check this Beauty out! I have this tub,
but haven't worked on it yet. Think
I'll go with this idea. I do like Fairies.

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Cicca
Herndon, VA
(Zone 6b)

June 10, 2013
3:14 PM

Post #9553981

So pretty!
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 10, 2013
5:53 PM

Post #9554152

Sure is attractive really pretty and unique.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

June 10, 2013
9:48 PM

Post #9554425

Will you paint it yourself or hire it? or?

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 11, 2013
4:53 PM

Post #9595665

Ohhhh. How pretty. Now I know what to do with mine. But it will be mermaids!!

Depsi

Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

August 25, 2013
1:42 PM

Post #9641074

pictures, please !!!

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