Captain Hardy Smith House

The Captain Hardy Smith House is located in Dublin, Georgia. It is the oldest home in Dublin on its original location. Built in 1873 it is located at 307 West Gaines Street in Downtown Dublin.

The restoration of the home included searching for mature pine suitable for cutting the large barge boards with no knots. The ones used came from the Altamaha Swamp around Hindsville, Georgia.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Claw Bath Tub Restoration


Out in a field in Minter, Georgia near Dublin a claw bath tub sat for years on farm land with goats and minurature horses. It was found through an ad in a local paper and $150 was paid to purchase the old bathtub.

The first thing on restoring the bathtub was to grind off the rust on the bottom part of the tub.

After grinding down the tub and sanding the feet the tub is ready for priming.

All primed and ready for the top coat of glossy white.
Done with the bottom and a little touch of gold on the feet!

Now for the inside of the tub. The porcelin finish was in really good shape on most of the tub. There were some worn areas and one in particular had a chunk missing. This is where the real fixin was to be done. A bondo type product was used to fix the area shown in the front.

Now the inside is painted with several coats of a special gloss white....

Final step to have it installed in the new bathroom. All restoration was done for about $30 of paint and supplies. To have a professional job done on a tub like this would cost approx. $1,000.

Note the attention to details on the restored tub with hot and cold handles.

Time to take a bath!