Cast Iron Bathtub to Outdoor Sofa {part 1}

Okay Friends…It’s the day you have ALL been waiting for…

No, I’m not sharing my SNAP! recap…still need to gather my thoughts…I learned so, so much!  Soon…promise!

I’m sharing how I created my absolute favorite piece…EVER

How to make an Outdoor Sofa from a cast iron bathtub

You may remember this project from when I was competing in the So You Think You’re Crafty Competition…

Well…here’s the story…

Years ago, my dad came across this cast iron bathtub in excellent condition and since he knows I kinda like old stuff, he asked if I would like it.  Of course!  No idea what I was going to do with it at the time, but I knew something would come up.  So, it sat on our front porch for a while and the boys swam in it.  Don’t judge!  We lived in an old farmhouse and it fit right in…

Then we moved and the tub moved with us…

And my husband said we had to come up with something to use this old tub for…it was just too cool…plus he kinda likes re-purposing old stuff too…

One day…and I can’t remember who came up with the idea, me or the Mr, but I’ll take the credit…since this is my blog and all…

How fun would it be to turn the tub into an outdoor sofa for our poolside patio?!  I’ll just tell you now…it’s pretty stinkin’ cool…

Okay…I’ll quit blabbing and get on to How we made it…

Take a look at what I started with…

An old Cast Iron Bathtub with peeling paint, but in very good condition!  No rust, beautiful porcelain interior and all four original claw feet.

Cast Iron Bathtub turned Outdoor Sofa BEFORE

How did I do it?  Honestly, not alone.  Cast Iron Bathtubs are VERY heavy and the porcelain can chip easily.  I was lucky to have the assistance of Mr. Kriegerchick on this one! (and three little boys…)

Cutting a Cast Iron Bathtub to make an Outdoor Sofa

I’m sure there are other ways to do this, but this worked awesome for us…

1 & 2:  Measure and mark where you would like the cut out for the sofa.  We found it was best to keep the lines straight to make the cutting step easier.  I used a Sharpie to mark the lines.  If I were to do another tub sofa, I would use a less permanent marker.

3: Using a Quickie Saw, cut along the lines.  Make sure to wear safety glasses and pants.  The tiny shards of bathtub are very sharp!  Mr. Kriegerchick cut the majority of this while I kept the boys away.  During the last cut, I held the cut piece to ensure it did not fall down on the inside of the bathtub and chip the porcelain.

4: Smooth the edges using a grinder.  This creates a nice smooth edge and makes it safe for use.

5:  All done!  Ready to prep for paint!

Prepping a Cast Iron Bathtub for Paint I apologize, but these pictures are not in order…

1 & 3: Using a hand held scraper, I scraped as much of the old paint as I could.  Yes, I wore a mask!  Just not in this picture.  You also want to find as many little helpers as you can find.  In my case, three.  Anytime a tool comes out, they are by my side.

2: After scraping as much as I could, I used Laquer Thinner to remove even more paint.  Clearly, all the paint did not come off, but that’s okay!  I love the old, already loved look.  If this bothers you, you can continue with the paint removal step until all paint is removed.

4: I used Glad Press and Seal (similar to Saran Wrap) to seal down the bottom edge of the tub.  It covered the area perfectly and stayed in place during the paint step.  Why? I couldn’t find my painter’s tape and I wasn’t about to go buy some.

5. I removed the drain.  This can be left in place too…personal preference.

Yay!  We’re getting closer…Time to paint! Painting a Cast Iron Bathtub for Outdoor Use 1: First, I sprayed the tub with two coats of spray paint primer.

2: I cleaned the claw feet and sprayed them with primer as well.

3: The feet received a few coats of ivory spray paint.

4: I painted the exterior of the tub with Valspar Ultra Paint + Primer in River Mist (exterior paint in a satin finish.)  This only took one coat, but brands of paint may vary.  I had this paint left over from our Poolhouse and it just happened to match my fabric perfectly! Cast Iron Bathtub turned into an Outdoor Sofa

Loving the bathtub

Bathtub is finished…Woo-hoo!  Now to make it pretty…and comfortable…

Did you see Part Two where I shared how I created the comfy cushions…I learned a couple lessons along the way…

 If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to ask…

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Comments

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      onekriegerchick says

      Oh my gosh…That’s Awesome! I would love to see what she does with it! Have a Creative weekend!
      ~Ariean

    • 5

      onekriegerchick says

      Thank you, Thank you…You are too sweet! Thanks for pinning…If you ever make one, please share photos with me! Hope you have an Amazing weekend!
      ~Ariean

    • 7

      onekriegerchick says

      Thank you oh so much! I’m kind of in love with it too…It’s always nice when a project turns out better than expected!
      Have a great weekend!
      ~Ariean

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    This is sooooooo amazing I can’t believe it was once a tub! you are an upcycle genius! I would LOVE it if you shared this over at The Makers link party going on at my blog, UpcycledTreasures.com

    Hope to see you there!
    ~Katie

    • 9

      onekriegerchick says

      Thanks so much…One of these would be fun for your wedding stylings! Linked up…Thanks for the reminder! Have a creative weekend! ~Ariean

    • 11

      onekriegerchick says

      Thanks so much! You should make one…I know you have the tools! :) Loved meeting you at SNAP and am excited to learn from you. Have an Awesome weekend! ~Ariean

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    Oh my goodness, I want one! This has to be one of the coolest makeovers I’ve ever seen. Ever! Now I’ve just gotta convince my husband that we need to find an old tub. hmm…could take awhile. ;-)

    • 13

      onekriegerchick says

      Haha! I feel like many of my crazy makeover ideas begin with convincing my husband! Thanks so much for your sweet words…Hope you have and amazing weekend!
      ~Ariean

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      onekriegerchick says

      You’re Awesome…You sure know how to make me blush! Loved meeting you at SNAP and hope you’re having a great week back. Enjoy the weekend!
      ~Ariean

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      onekriegerchick says

      Thank you so much! Appreciate the invite…I’ll be sure to pin it next week! Have an Awesome weekend!
      ~Ariean

    • 19

      onekriegerchick says

      A water garden would be so cool…Can’t wait to see it! You’ll have to share a photo! Have a Happy weekend!
      ~Ariean

    • 21

      onekriegerchick says

      Oh you are so sweet…I love the fabrics too! So much that they are currently on my living room sofa…may need to make new ones for the Outdoor Sofa. :) Hope you have a Creative weekend!
      ~Ariean

    • 23

      onekriegerchick says

      Thank you so much! It’s definitely a conversation piece on our patio! Hope you have a great weekend!
      ~Ariean

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      onekriegerchick says

      Thank you so much! I actually liked the pillows so much I’ve been using them inside. May have to make new ones for outdoors. :) Thanks for sharing your link party too…I’ll be sure to link up on Sunday!
      Have a great weekend!
      ~Ariean

    • 27

      onekriegerchick says

      Thanks so much…I was pretty impressed with how it turned out too. Please share a photo if you ever make one!
      Have a great weekend!
      ~Ariean

    • 29

      onekriegerchick says

      Oh my…You are so fun! This turned out better than I even imagined and still looks great. Try it if you can get your hands on a tub!
      Have an Awesome weekend!
      ~Ariean

    • 31

      onekriegerchick says

      Haha! Thanks so much…Sometimes he thinks my ideas are a little out there, but he was totally on board with this one. Have a great weekend!
      ~Ariean

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    What a fantastic idea! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

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      onekriegerchick says

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment and for the invite too! I’m afraid I missed it this week, but will link up next time for sure! Hope you have an Amazing weekend!
      ~Ariean

  4. 41

    Katie Stahl says

    HI Ariean,
    I just can’t get over this project! I’ve seen it pop up a couple times, and again featured at The Maker’s this morning! I just can’t believe you made this into a sofa!! It is fabulous!! Your boys are adorable, too!
    Hope you’re having a great week, and now I’m on to read your SNAP recap. Next year … I’m SO going (hopefully!).
    XO,
    Katie

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    Carole says

    I absolutely LOVE this!!! It looks so awesome! I have an old tub too, though not claw feet. I wonder if I could do something similar to this. You did a great job, it is just beautiful!

    • 43

      onekriegerchick says

      Oh my…Yes you can do something with yours and I cannot wait to see! Thank you so much!
      have a Happy Day!
      ~Ariean

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    This is incredible!! Wow, what a project! I have always loved claw-foot tubs, but our tiny house cannot possibly fit it, but maybe we can make this work!! Pinning it for a hopeful future project! Thanks for the inspiration!

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      onekriegerchick says

      Thanks so much! Hope you find a tub, then share a photo with me…I would love to see your take on it! Have an Awesome weekend!
      ~Ariean

    • 50

      onekriegerchick says

      Oh gosh…Sometimes I think too far outside the box! Thank you so much and hope you have an Amazing weekend!
      ~Ariean

    • 52

      onekriegerchick says

      Oh my gosh, Carrie! You should definitely make one…Your kids would love it! So excited to be a feature…Hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day!
      ~Ariean

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    This is SO amazing! I sure hope you don’t mind, but I’ll be featuring you as part of this weekend’s upcoming Party Junk, with upcycled outdoor furniture as the theme. Outstanding project!

    • 54

      onekriegerchick says

      Of course I don’t mind! You have honestly just made my weekend! I’m so glad you like it…You create the best re-purposed pieces. Have a great weekend!
      ~Ariean

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    Shut the front door! This is unbelievable! Wow. Totally love and totally love that you linked it up with us at the LInk It Or Lump It party! Definitely a feature this week!

    • 56

      onekriegerchick says

      Wow! Thanks so much! Love Link it or Lump it and am so excited to be featured! Have a great weekend!
      ~Ariean

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    All I can say is WOW! I’ve been seeing your tub a few different places and decided I’d better come have a look myself!! I always wondered how to cut it! Thanks for the tute! Would be thrilled if you’d join my Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Party. Love your style!

    http://www.kammyskorner.com

    • 59

      onekriegerchick says

      Thanks so much! So glad you stopped by…Off to check out your party!
      Happy Day!
      ~Ariean

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