From the moment I found out from a neighbor that our farmhouse originally had a cast iron bathtub I knew that we had to add back a cast iron tub when we renovated our boys bathroom. The current plastic tub we had in our sad bathroom has been leaking since we moved in and it was definitely time to replace it. When I started talking to Kohler about sponsoring our boys bathroom I chose a beautiful and classic white cast iron bathtub for our boys bathroom remodel. The only thing I didn’t realize going in was how heavy a cast iron tub was and hadn’t thought about how the heck we were going to get it from our garage to the 2nd floor of our farmhouse. Today I am sharing how to move a cast iron bathtub!!!
How to Move a Cast Iron Bathtub
*this post was sponsored by Kohler but all my opinions about cast iron bathtubs are completely my own *
Demoing the old tub and surround went very smoothly. We were able to get it out and in the trash very quickly.
Soon after our beautiful cast iron bathtub was delivered we realized there was NO way we could carry the tub up on our own. After calling a few moving companies, one turning down the job for $250 and another wanting to charge almost $800 (um…no!) for the job we knew we were on our own. So here’s what we did.
First we strapped the tub to our hand cart and with the help of some hand made ramps we were able to get it into our dining room. This method went quickly and was fairly easy. It took us less than an hour to get the tub in the house even with making the ramps.
We thought about trying the hand cart method up our stairs but were nervous that we might not be strong enough to get it up step by step and there would be no way we could take breaks. So we bought a power puller with a hand pulley certified up to 2000lbs and strapped the cast iron tub to it and cranked it up our narrow farmhouse steps.
I am going to be honest, I was very nervous as to how this process would work but in the end we got the tub into the bathroom. Woo Hoo!!!
And it is beautiful!!!! Next up, we added cement board to protect the studs from moisture.
We chose simple white subway tile at 22 cents each to add to the tub surround. White subway tile is so classic and you can’t beat the price!!! I am not gonna lie, it took us FOREVER to finish tiling the tub. I feel a little bad that I promised Jason I would not pick this tile again after the master bathroom in our last home but it’s so pretty and farmhousey :).
We still have to add grout but we can’t decide whether to go white or grey and we are also still trying to decide on floor tiles. Let me know what you think of the black and white honeycomb tile in the pic below. It’s a lot cheaper than the marble tile I originally picked out and we still have a lot more renovation projects in our future.
Yes, we have our work cut out for us and my poor husband has been sick the last week and a half which has slowed down this boys bathroom remodel but I am crossing my fingers we will still be able to finish on time :). If you missed the plans we have for our boys bathroom, check that out here.
Here’s what we still have to do….
- Gut Bathroom –
Take out tub, sink, toilet and tub Replace old tub and add a new cast iron white tub Take down tub surround and drywall surrounding tub Add cement board and white subway tileand new fixtures to tub Take down tub drop ceiling, contact paper& add a PVC bead board ceiling
- Add cement board to bathroom floor and retile
- Paint and add bead board to the bathroom walls and paint the trim white
- Add a new double wall sink
- Add a new toilet
- Add a built in bookshelf for towels and bathroom supplies
- Make towel hooks and toothbrush storage
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