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Rusty Old Tub

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

Rusty old tub, or.......

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Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

Shiny new water feature!

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Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

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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Mukwonago, WI

nice job!!! love the colors you chose

(Pegi) Norwalk, CA(Zone 10b)

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.

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

What a neat idea!

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

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.

Decatur, GA

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

Penfield, PA(Zone 5b)

Very Nice.

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

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.

Decatur, GA

It sounds like your tub is having a good life.

:-)

(Pony) Lakewood, WA(Zone 8a)

Very cool! I got myself a rusty old clawfoot tub today. Can't wait to transform it! :)

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

Please post pics when you get it done. I would love to see it.

Westerly, RI

Thats somthing I want to do but I dont have any room to put an oud bath tub at my apartment:(

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

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.

Westerly, RI

its the yard space.

Westerly, RI

its the yard space.

The Ozarks, MO(Zone 5b)

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

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

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!

(Pegi) Norwalk, CA(Zone 10b)

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.

Dahlonega, GA

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 .

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

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.

Dahlonega, GA

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 )

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

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!

Long Beach, CA(Zone 10a)

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.

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

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.

Long Beach, CA(Zone 10a)

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

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

It was a great story...

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

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

Newark, DE

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

DeLand, FL(Zone 9b)

An incredibly cool idea Debbie! Love it...

Victoria Harbour, ON

Waving Holly..love your garden art..
Debbie, what a fantastic idea..

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

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.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Holly, I'm so glad your son inspired you to save it!

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

So am I.

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

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

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

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.

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

thanks HollyAnn

Herndon, VA(Zone 6b)

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~

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

Yes, It has the tub is still up and running I will be getting it ready for summer pretty soon.

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