Friday, September 3, 2010

unused bathtub + clever friend = total cushy awesomeness!!

We have been living in this house for almost three years...and almost every day for those three years I have been lamenting that the tub in our master bath is an eyesore. 

Neither Don nor I are bath takers, so there it sat - empty, taking up LOTS of room and gathering dust (and all other kinds of weirdness) with no useful purpose whatsoever.  We were told by our realtor that we couldn't take it out,I scoured the internet for some useful ideas (surprisingly - "unused bathtub" isn't a high traffic topic on the world wide web), came up with a vague idea for a seating area, but mostly I'd resigned myself to staring in to the vastness of the empty bathtub for all eternity.  Until my friend Erin came along.

Erin is one of those people who will tell you she isn't crafty, but who one day just casually mentioned that she builds furniture for fun.  So after hearing me whine for the 69000th time about my bathtub she said "I'm coming over to measure, I'm going to build you a bench".  Now - it should be noted here that my hubby (Erin's too) was deployed at the time.  I don't want his manhood (ie: ability with power tools) to be called in to question - I'm sure he would have built me a lovely bench 7.5 years from now.

So build she did - with some plywood cut just shy of the length of the tub and a few 2x2s around the base of the bench and across the width she created EXACTLY what I was looking for.

I applied spray adhesive to the top of the bench

then laid a 3" urethane foam sheet on top of the spray adhesive and cut the sheet to size with a craft knife.

I (actually we - thanks to my mom who was visiting for the weekend) laid some upholstery fabric face down on the table, flipped the bench foam-side down on top of the fabric, pulled the fabric taut, folded the edge of the fabric under and used a staple gun to staple the fabric to the wood around all four sides of the bench.

The now covered bench literally slid over the top of the bathtub (meaning easy removal if we wanted to use the tub, and hidden storage if we needed it),

I added a few coordinating pillows, and now our unused empty bathtub has become a cozy little nook where we can lay out our clothes, I can sit to give myself a pedicure, or the cat can comandeer it for yet another place to take a nap.

So while I can't lend you Erin, if you ever find yourself staring woefully at an unused bathtub you can round up a handy friend (or hubby) and create your own little piece of crafty goodness right in your bathroom!

22 comments:

  1. Total cushy awesomeness!

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  2. awesome!! super idea :) Thanks for the idea, right now I can't use it, but will file for future reference!

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  3. It's 2:30 freakin AM and I'm seeing you on HSN!!!!
    HEY THERE!
    GP

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  4. i totally love this idea!! you ladies done a great job! i love the colours you chose too!! :)

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  5. We had a similar idea to convert our garden tub. Any need to run water periodically (to keep the drain sealed)? Thanks.

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  6. Hey Michelle! We do turn on the water every once in a while...just because I'm paranoid. :)

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  7. This is such a great idea! I'm also wondering what I can do with the walk in bathtubs in two of our rooms that used to be my grandparents'.. Now that they no longer live with us coz they moved in with my mom, I think I might need to redesign those tubs for seniors and turn 'em into something like that. Hehe! Thanks.

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  8. Woah!you are so crafty!I love the modification of that buit-in bath tub you are so full of creative juices.

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  9. Wow such a creative one. The design is totally superb! It's a good place to stay at when you feel to live like a boss.

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  10. very good use of unused bath tub. Can we also put this bath tub come bed in our room. I think there it would looks very nice.

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  11. Awesome!! I like your creative idea. I have no words to explain it. Thanks for sharing this nice idea.

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  12. I like to set some furniture material experience down on the desk, turned the common foam-side down on top of the material, drawn the material tight, collapsed the side of the material under and used a choice gun to choice the material to the wooden around all four factors of the common.

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  13. It looks amazing, I was searching for beautiful house but now i had completed my search. because your house very beautiful but your bathroom floor tiles is more attractive .

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  14. Love it... gonna build it! I live in a mobile home and my garden tub leaves hardly any space in my bathroom. I always have stuff stacked around the edges of the tub as I am processing them to other places. Like folded towels, clothes out of the dryer that need to be folded, what I just took off that day, what I'm going to put on after work, etc. I still want to use my tub every now and then, so it's perfect for that. And there's never enough storage space in a trailer, so it's perfect for that, too. Needless to say, I have no place in the bathroom (other than the toilet) :-) to sit, either. Perfect for that. This is awesome... thanks!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Susan!! Enjoy it - we'd love to see a photo of the finished project! :)

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  15. Excellent! Just bought a 1950's condo with a big white bathtub that I will never use (not a bath person) and it's just gathering dirt, odd specks of things and my hair! Now I know what to do and can make it look really nice with the right fabirc

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  17. What a fantastic idea!! I'm moving into a new apartment soon, and the main bathroom features both a walk-in shower and a tub. I'm not a bath person, so I was a little annoyed that I'd be wasting that space. I'm not very handy, but I'm going to see if I can make this work - I'd love to have extra storage space!

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    1. You can totally do it!! And it will free up so much room - you will love it!

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  18. Awesome idea, I'd never think you can create something like that from a bathtub :)
    You must be a real home expert aberdeen. Keep it up, you're doing great!
    I'm actually doing a small home improvement soon, so I'll be coming back for inspiration.
    All the best!

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