I KNOW. I haven’t posted like… ANY pictures of our apartment even though it’s super cute. I know this. I’m sorry. First it was because it wasn’t TOGETHER. Then it was because it wasn’t CLEAN. So maybe one day I’ll share some pictures. But right now I want to tell you something.
One of the selling points for me was the clawfoot tub in the bathroom. I saw that and my brain exploded into confetti. Like what? Who has a clawfoot tub in their apartment? WE DO, in our cute little apartment above the antique store. It’s so cute.
But it should have come with a pamphlet about how different a clawfoot tub is from a regular shower or tub. It’s stuff you wouldn’t think of either, I swear.
This morning as I was showering and making note of all the weird things about having a clawfoot tub I realized I just wanted to share them. Especially because I’m really proud of myself for something and I just need to brag for a moment.
Here are some things you don’t realize about clawfoot tubs until you have to use a clawfoot tub.
ONE // YOU NEED TWO SHOWER CURTAIN LINERS
I moved into the apartment with all my cutesy things and soon discovered a problem. The shower got water EVERY. WHERE. Like literally all over the walls and the floor and it was a mess. We realized that clawfoot tubs, when used for showers, actually need TWO shower curtain liners. Or one big-a one but I wasn’t about spending all that money on a shower curtain. Instead, we bought TWO of these cheap ones from Target. One for the back, which now keeps the water from going all the places, and then the normal one for the front.
TWO // YOU NEED A ZILLION SHOWER HOOKS
Okay a little less than a zillion – but if you need two shower curtain liners… you need two sets of shower curtain hooks. Lucky for us our apartment came with like TWO two full sets. We had so many shower hooks. We finally went and bought our own shower hooks, but look at all of the shower hooks I took off!!!
Like… what. But be forewarned: you’ll need TWO SETS of shower hooks!
THREE // IT IS SLIPPERY
The first few times I climbed (literally climbed because the sides are so tall!) into the tub, my life flashed before my eyes because my feet were landing on a slippery surface and I wasn’t supported enough to feel like I wasn’t going to die. We bought a mat from TJ Maxx – it has plastic brush-like things because our situation means that any flat surface is going to also be questionable.
FOUR // THERE IS NO STORAGE ANYWHERE
There’s nowhere to put your stuff, which logically makes sense. You’re bathing in a standalone tub, so there’s nothing really ATTACHED to it. We tried using a stool, keeping it on the sink, leaving it on the floor of the tub, and finally I just couldn’t handle it anymore. Water got EVERYWHERE when they were kept outside of the shower, and having stuff on the floor just sucks. So I took to the internet for inspiration on clawfoot tub storage and ended up creating this:
It was SUPER EASY. All you need are wire baskets + zip ties. You just zip tie the wire baskets to the shower pole. I’d purchased a bunch of these gold baskets I found at Walmart. They were on clearance 2 for $1.50 so how could I not? We already had ˆzip ties on hand for our wedding, so it was a REALLY cheap solution.
Here is everything we eventually ended up having to buy:
Once we figured those things out, we began to LOVE our shower! I see all of these home improvement blogs writing about installing a clawfoot tub and feel so grateful that we have one in our APARTMENT.