The Galvanized Metal Tub

Q.  I want to use a metal tub in our mudroom but my husband doesn’t.  He likes the look but says it isn’t practical and will eventually leak.  I think he just doesn’t want to do the work.  Any insight?  –Janice

A.  Interior design is all about being creative yet function is equally important. In this case, using a metal washtub as a sink in the mudroom or laundry is a wonderful idea. Actually, galvanized metal buckets were used as far back as the early 19th century replacing buckets made of wood and leather.  (source)

For those of you who don’t know what galvanization means, it is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron to prevent rusting. Not only is galvanized metal durable, but it will also add character to your space. And the best part is that it’s inexpensive!  

There are numerous ways you could design with a metal tub. There are no strict rules. Try retrofitting the tub on a countertop or support a metal bucket on sturdy legs with wall mount plumbing.  I would only advise that you hire a licensed plumber for the installation. This will offer a better guarantee against the leaks your husband is concerned about.

I applaud your desire to think out of the box and use objects in new and unusual ways. -Danielle

Industrial Bathroom by Carmel Architects & Building Designers Studio Carver Architects, Inc.
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