Not every old house (or faux old
house) comes with a classic claw foot tub, but thanks to Ron Kott, that can
be easily remedied.
For more than 40 years, Kott's Gwinnett County firm,
Refinishers, has been salvaging claw foots and giving them new life. Most of
the work is done in the company's Sugar Hill shop. Kott's crews also handle
commercial projects, such as refurbishing old tubs for Marriott Hotels
across the country. But he'll also come to your house and put a new look on
a dingy bath.
particularly in an older home, it's easier for us to come inand
re-glaze the tub than to replace it and have to rip out good tile work,"
What you'll find
The lower level of the Sugar Hill offices is a small
showroom where buyers will find a selection of refinished tubs and pedestal
sinks. "We get them from around the country, from homes being torn down and
from people who just bring them in," said Kott. "We work with a broad
network of people to find them."
of the old tubs arrive with chipped finishes and rust stains. Re-glazing
gives them a new shine. Buyers also can have colors applied to the outside
of the tubs. A refinished, five-foot tub costs about $795.
"Originally, the outsides of the tubs were black, raw cast
iron," said Kott. "Everyone painted the outside what color they wanted and
only the inside was white porcelain. Generally, they painted the bathroom
whatever they painted on the outside of the tub. But we can do any color."
Along with tubs, the company re-glazes counters and
cabinets and repairs tile work. Having one re-glazed at home is about $495.
The shop also sells antique plumbing fixtures made of
solid brass. Prices range from $100 to $500.
The claw foots lead the way, followed by the sinks.
More buyers are looking for the old-fashioned tubs to give
flair to their new homes, said Kott. "They like that antique look, whether
they're restoring an older home or moving into a brand new house with a
1920s look. And it's a conversation piece."