Bathtubs and Sugar Scrubs

Bathtubs and Sugar Scrubs

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She was running a couple of weeks behind schedule, but the Birthday Fairy got it done.  She Got.  It.  Done.  After five excruciating years, I finally have my bathtub.

The original master bathroom at
How the master bathroom looked when we bought our house. I don’t even want to talk about what we found in the cabinets. So I won’t.

Let’s take a little stroll down memory lane, shall we?

The post-renovation master bathroom at
The sink side of the master bath after our renovation.
Waiting on a tub.
Sadly, the space for the intended tub sat vacant for a couple of years….taunting me mercilessly with what should be.

And finally….FINALLY!  Behold:

Long-awaited master bathtub at
My long-awaited, much anticipated, official favorite spot in the house.

Due to some pretty tight space constraints, we wound up choosing a tub that is pretty modern in design (despite heavily considering a clawfoot, and at one point even a metal horse trough), but with that antique-looking faucet, I think it works pretty seamlessly in our ‘modern farmhouse’.  It’s a good, deep soak….existentially deep, which makes up for the fact that it isn’t the longest tub in the world (ah, tiny bathrooms).  But, yes….yes, I think I will keep it.

So in honor of our newest, most cherished family member, I decided to post a lovely little recipe for a homemade sugar scrub (something I have been dying to make, but refused, like a petulant child, to make it to use in the shower).

With so much grapefruit in the yard right now, you know it had to be a bit grapefruit-y:

Fresh Grapefruit, Coconut, Rose Scrub:

–1 cup superfine sugar

–2 tablespoons heated virgin organic coconut oil

–1 tablespoon rose water

–1/4 teaspoon fresh grapefruit zest

Start by zesting your grapefruit.  The ones from my tree are the yellow variety (Oro Blanco), but this would work just as well with Ruby Red or something good and pink.


Grapefruit coconut sugar scrub from Farmhouse38.comNext, you want to scoop your hardened coconut oil into a microwave-safe dish.Grapefruit coconut oil sugar scrub from


Microwave it for approx. 30 seconds or until it looks like this:Bathtubs and sugar scrubs from


Now mix your sugar, oil, rosewater, and zest all into a paste–you want it moist, but not soupy.  If it’s too moist, add a bit more sugar to dry it up.  It should look a little something like this:


Sugar scrub from Farmhouse38.comFind a pretty jar to put it in and fill-er-up.

Grapefruit coconut sugar scrub from
FYI: not really sure how long this might be good for because of the grapefruit peel. Use your best judgment. If it smells funny or turns wonky colors, don’t use it. To make a version of this that probably lasts a bit longer, substitute a drop or two of grapefruit essential oil in place of the grapefruit zest.


Okay, so as I was making this….I got to thinking….this would make a really interesting cocktail.  So, yes….this happened:Sugar scrub cocktail from

See the recipe here.

So I ask you this?  How bad is it, on a scale from one to awesome, that I was mixing cocktails at 10:30 am on a Tuesday?  Just wondering.


  1. Gorgeous!! I like the modernity of the tub with the more vintage look of the sinks and fixtures – well done! I’m so over the jacuzzi tub we have that is so shallow and short I sit with half my legs out of the water (and not straightened out) when I take a bath. 😛

    Also, if a cocktail includes fruits and veggies, I say it’s a great morning drink! (hello? Bloody Mary fan here!)

  2. I was at a restaurant last Sunday that sported this sign: You can’t be drinking all day unless you start in the morning 🙂 So much truth to that.

    I LOOOOOVE your tub. I have to scroll back up to see if you put a link to where you got it. Was is crazy expensive? I would love that in our master bathroom when we re-do it. It looks so great!!

    • Hahahah! Truer words were never spoken (typed)!! Thanks, Katja. It came from, where I have ordered MANY things from throughout this renovation and they are fantastic–I have never been disappointed. Here’s a link to that tub:

  3. Lisa

    Girl, I have wicked tub envy. Gorgeous!!

    Definitely going to try that cocktail recipe 😉

    • I am pretty happy with it! 🙂 I constantly refer to it as, “MY PRECIOUSSSS.” Hahahah!

  4. Beautiful tub, and great job on the entire bathroom! Nice recipes, too…thank you!

  5. Bath tub A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! Worth the wait. I can just imagine an AM soak/scrub/cocktail. You go girl. And my we know the brand of tub? Looks like the one I should choose.

    • Here’s the link: Hope that helps–they have a ton to choose from, decent prices, and I have ordered quite a bit of stuff from them for this reno and been really happy with it all.

      • Thanks! If I can be tacky, what did you pay for the house and what have you spent on it so far? Are you concerned that you will be the best house on the block? What are your thoughts on resale VS what you invest or are you full throttle? I bought a fixer upper and spent 6.5 years cleaning up the footprint, and now RE agents tell me not to put any more $$ into this place, as I will never get my $$ back. Too bad, as I would love to add a pergola and sun porch! ;-(

        • This has been in the forefront of our brains the whole time as we did this reno–I don’t want to say what we’ve put in, but we’ve been advised by our realtor throughout–kept checking in to make sure we were on the right track. We definitely bought the ugliest house on the block, and we live on a street with million dollar homes. We’ve been very frugal about our finish selections and have done A TON ourselves–we’ve had it appraised, and let’s just say, if we sell–we’ll do well (part of that is we live in a very small, very highly desirable neighborhood where the inventory is always very low). We were very lucky(?) to have stumbled upon this house, in all honesty.

          • I know that you will make a gazillion, as the improvements are perfect in every way. I am the best house now on my rural road here in central Virginia, so I may be shot in the foot. I really want to build, yet land and build estimates in this area cost more per SF than building in the Hamptons! Go figure…perhaps I am stuck.

          • Yikes! Well, all it takes is the right buyer….but sometimes you have to seize the opportunity to make things liveable and happy for you–resale value be damned! We’ve been slaves thus far to ‘resale value’–there were definitely things that we wanted to do for ourselves but did not, and that’s sometimes a little sad.

      • See what I did for my soaking tub by typing 100th blog in my search bar. NOT my ultimate solution, yet functional!

  6. PS Why not store your lovely scrub in the fridge?That way, the ingredients should stay nice longer than if left at room temperature. Since you reside in a warm climate, a cool scrub could be extra refreshing. 😉

  7. I’ve just discovered your blog and am busy reading it in its entirety because I’m obsessed and I love it. Consider me your stalker. I actually squealed when I saw your new tub – I’m so excited for you! It looks ah-mazing – wouldn’t expect anything less.

  8. Kate, I love, love, LOVE your bathroom. How could I not?! I also love how you combined the bathroom makeover, the soap scrub, and the cocktail all in this one post. So inviting! I think I need to go make me some stuff! Great job!

    • Thanks, Katie!! I know, I think this one takes the cake as my most ADD post–SQUIRREL!!! 🙂

  9. Yay!!! You finally got the tub. So happy for you! The tub, the scrub, and the drink, the sunny skies? Seriously, I maybe looking for flights asap to visit you! 🙂

  10. Kate, you lucky girl! It’s beautiful!!! Enjoy!

  11. Patti

    Stunning!! Your home so reminds me of back home! Up north for now but returning in 4 years and I can’t wait. I love reading your words, your such a down to earth person. I tried your drink for dinner ( dessert) and it’s delish! Keep up the great work, you’re one of my favs!!!

    • Thanks for the kind encouragement, Patti! Glad you’re tagging along! 🙂

  12. oh my gosh! I love the tub! It looks lovely! Enjoy all those long soaks in it!

  13. I am somewhat in love with your tub. More than I want to admit. I would sound crazy if I told you how much. 🙂

  14. I’m so in love with your tub; your whole bathroom actually! I had a garden tub in my condo during my single days and miss it so much. I keep meaning to ask…what floor tile did you use in this and the guest bathroom?

    • Oh, thanks, Dana! Both tiles are actually things we special-ordered from Home Depot–the master is a slate-look porcelain tile (that I loved because of it’s big rectangle shape which allowed us to lay it out in brick pattern) and then the downstairs bath was a tiny old-fashioned mosaic-type tile that, after we put in, we decided we didn’t like the color of so I primed and painted it with off-white floor paint. 🙂 If you want the specific brand and name of any of these, etc, I can probably dig it up–just let me know!

  15. Tonita

    Just found your lovely blog. Really like that tub. Great job on your bathroom renovation. I will be trying your scrub recipe soon. Thanks.

    Tonita @ Shabby Chic Tiny Retreat

  16. Tonita

    Love your blog and your tub.

  17. Marcia

    Can u tell me the size of tub? Thanks I am trying to make a similar decision for my dated bathroom.

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