The first challenge was to find someone who could re-glaze the clawfoot in our small town. There were plenty of businesses an hour away in Richmond and Norfolk, but none of them would let us bring the tub to them to re-do it (none have facilities anymore) and all wanted to do it in place in the bathroom...but they weren't willing to drive to our small town. After many, many calls, referrals, research, etc., I finally found a wonderful re-glazer (not sure if that is a word!) and he was willing to re-glaze the inside of the tub on site, and he wasn't overly worried about having the water in the bathroom all hooked up.
Although I had originally planned to have both the inside and outside of the tub professionally re-done, I learned that most providers don't want to mess with the outside (apparently they typically need to be sandblasted) but I had enough people tell me that I could do the outside myself (since the outside doesn't hold water like the inside), so I decided to take it on. I wasn't planning on sandblasting it, but the outside was peeling enough to tell me that someone had painted the outside more recently with a latex paint DYI job (done poorly). So, I was hopeful that it would be a fairly easy stripping job followed up with a spray painting job. How tough could it be? (I should have learned by now never to ask that question...)
Here's the starting point - isn't it just too cute?