Union Jack, A Marble Slab, and A Little Booty

Union Jack, A Marble Slab, and  A Little Booty?!  HUH?!  Well, it all makes sense to me.  I’ll expand on some of the ideas that I have for our REAL bathtub.  I tricked you guys in yesterday’s post.  I had so much fun writing that… you don’t even know!

Anyways, let’s get down to business!  I have been having a really hard time deciding what kind of bathtub I would like in the master bathroom.  The reason I keep saying “I” instead of “we” is because J.C. isn’t really that much of a bath guy.  The walk-in shower in the front bathroom is all for him.  On the other hand, I’m a big bath person.  One word, three syllabals: Re-lax-ing!  Do I want a drop-in tub or a freestanding tub?  Each has it’s benefits.

I started thinking about a drop-in tub one day and wondered how I would make it look nice.  A lot of drop-in tubs can look like a big spaceship in bathrooms… kind of HUGE and out of place.  I don’t want ours to be like that.

I found a picture online of a drop-in tub that looks nice and sort of understated.


I actually found this photo online under the reviews section for this particular bathtub.  Isn’t it pretty?!  It hit me all of the sudden.  Like a ton of bricks.  Why not make the front of the tub deck look pretty too?!  My mind wandered and landed on this!


It’s Union Jack sheet metal from Home Depot.  I actually already own a piece of this stuff.  We had purchased some to make a air vent cover for the closet that our heat/air unit was housed in.  We never got around to it and then the house burned.  So much for the project.

I did a rough 3D sketch of what I would like the front of our tub deck to look like.  Now remember, I am no artist.


Does this drawing make any sense whatsoever?  I want there to be three “panels” across the front that have the union jack sheet metal (spray painted white) framed in white trim.  I think it will be unexpected.  The room will have a lot of lines.  For example, a vanity has straight lines.  A tub deck has straight lines.  Tile has straight lines.  The walls are straight lines.  Adding a little bit of pattern by using the Union Jack sheet metal should spice things up a bit!

I also did a drawing of the whole tub deck, not just the front.  Hopefully this way you can get a better picture of what I’m wanting.


What do you think?  Will it look pretty?  I think it would be fab.  If we went this route, I would like to get a marble slab to surround the tub, like on top of the deck.  It would go well with our vanity for this area, which has a marble top.  Remember what it looks like?  Here it is!

66795 45 inch vanity lowes 650

Now, let’s talk about the other option I’m considering.  A freestanding tub.  Disclaimer- I have recently learned that if you want a freestanding tub that doesn’t cost like $10,000, you will need a little booty.  Seriously, ya’ll!  Most freestanding tubs are about 16-20″ across the bottom.  Do you know how small that is?

I measured myself from hip to hip while sitting down and it’s about 16 inches.  So I wonder if a freestanding bathtub would be comfortable?  I mean, I don’t even know how wide J.C. is, but I know it’s not 16 inches.  Would it be comfortable for him?  Or our guests?

Here are just a few example of some of the ones I like.


Doesn’t that look so relaxing?!  I think so!


This one is fab too!

This is such a hard decision.  I think I like the look of the freestanding tubs better but the “feel” of the drop-in tub more.  Does that make sense?  Am I overthinking all of this?  Should it be THIS STINKING HARD to pick a bathtub?

Leave me a comment below to tell me which bathtub you think we should choose for our home and which one you would choose if you were putting it in YOUR home.







4 thoughts on “Union Jack, A Marble Slab, and A Little Booty

  1. I like the drop in tub!! I think it looks clean and classic. Plus I like to place candles and bath scrubs on the tub for relaxing bubble baths. I’m not sure, but you may not be able to keep as much on the free standing tub. Although it is very pretty and makes an awesome focal point.

    • I’ve definitely thought above not having enough “counter” space with a freestanding tub. I think we’ve finally made a decision on what we are going to do. I will share it with you guys very soon!

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