Chrome Plating Clawfoot Tub Legs

So to complete our tub we needed to refinish the feet. I was waiting to get these done until we had decided on whether we were going to go with nickel or chrome in the bathroom. If you see the hardware we got for the tub, you will know we ended up going with chrome.

I really, really, really, really wanted nickel but it was not in our budget. Nickel gets this amazing patina on it that makes it look antique. Before we bought our house, I found a nickel metal sink console that I fell in love with. I'm the biggest sucker. I went all single white female on it. Embarrassing but true. Anyway, the reason I love it so much is because it has more of a yellow tint to it and it feels more antique. The best part is if you don't like the patina you can always polish it and it will return to a shiny splendor. Best of both worlds right? Chrome on the other hand has more of a blue hue and it always looks new. Boring but economical.

We found this amazing place to get our legs chrome plated. They were $25.00 a leg and it was well worth it.

We called everyone in town and finally settled on Cal-Tron Plating Inc.

We learned that when refinishing your legs you don't want to sand blast them because they are more fragile. You want to have them dipped instead. At Cal-Tron they dipped them in copper before plating them to remove the rust and to keep it from coming back. Everyone there was so lovely with us. It was a bit of a drive but we decided to suck it up instead of mailing them in. We are so glad we did. The owner gave us a tour. It was unbelievable!!!!

Ever heard of the Fender Strat? They plate them there! They plate sooooo many cool things. The Mister went gaga over the Kirby Morgan 57. There were vats and vats and vats Willy Wonka style with bubbly liquid. We wish we could have taken a picture of the things we saw on our tour because it was the coolest thing ever. We were like kids on a field trip. Only thing missing was a brown bag lunch with a spoiled ham sandwich and a crushed piece of fruit. Yes we are super nerds.


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