Shall I Replace My 1959 Tub?

I wanted to go with a wet room – walk in shower/small tub combo in this small alcove space on our 1959 midcentury bath. The space is walled in on three side and 49×51. We are tearing out the old blue tile – mild issues and old grout, need better ventilation.
I have a small daughter who loves her baths. Is this tub good enough?

👉🏻 We had a small tub like this in a previous house (was in the house when we bought it) At the time, I loved the tub for my youngest child’s bath. However, when we went to sell the house, even though there was also a shower in the same bathroom potential buyers did not like the tub. I bet you will stay in your house for a long time so it might not be worth considering how the tub could impact resale, but if you aren’t planning to stay long…

👉🏻 That’s the kind of tub we have, and I love it. I don’t take baths, but I just gave my mom’s dog a bath and it was wonderful to lean in to. It’s nice to sit and soak my feet, too!

👉🏻 Those are called “princess tubs” and I’ve always thought they were so cool. To my knowledge it’s difficut to find a replacement that will fit in the same space so keeping it would be ideal IMO. Plus it’s pretty cool to keep original if you can.

👉🏻 Large stone look tile. I have a similar ceiling, stone fireplace and did a large Italian porcelain black tile that looks like stone but is super easy to keep clean.

👉🏻  I think the number one giveaway of a bath remodel is fancy accent tiles. So, maybe you want it to look new. Replace the tub, too. But if you’re looking for a fresher period look, keep it simple. A plain rectangular or square tile without any accents. This will blend much better with the vintage tub, which is a keeper. Otherwise you risk spending more money on a half-done look.

👉🏻 Vote: keep tub, invest in that sculpted white tile, right for mmc period.
Removing tub might open bigger can of worms. Ventilation issue: can you install roof line windows? Style that is up high near ceiling, only a foot or so in hgt. That’s how I had to rework my baths.


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