The bathroom reno went smoothly and you’re thrilled with your new spa-like space. But let’s not throw the bathtub out with the bathwater-instead, upcycle your discarded tub and turn it into something completely fresh and new.
By Emma Yardley, lifestyle writer, garage-sale sleuth and filament-light-bulb enthusiast
A planter and a pretty coffee table all in one, this ingenious retrofitted vintage tub has many roles in this enchanting enclosed porch.
Double Tub Take
Bold paint choices and bright floral fabric make this set of soaker settees a serious conversation starter.
Skip buying a set of expensive garden planters and turn your turned-out tub into a gorgeous flowerbed.
If you feel like throwing in the towel and heading to the country to live off the grid, this DIY cast-iron/cob hot tub contraption has your name on it.
This handsome fellow was designed and handcrafted by Toronto-based landscape architect and professional upcylcer Eric Stewart. Well done, sir! Now, have a seat…
If you’re planning on hosting a big event-let’s say a post-reno housewarming party-put that old tub to work cooling your friends’ drinks with a DIY ice chest.
You can still sit back and relax with a good book in a nice bath…just without the hot water.
Make your own bubbling backyard birdbath with a basic water pump and a vintage horn. A successful DIY project is music to our ears!
With a little bit of imagination, a demolished apartment building becomes the catalyst for a new community garden.
Flipping the fiberglass base of a built-in bathtub to create the perfect mold for a modern accent chair is one inspired DIY furniture idea.
Rock and Roll
With a refurbished bathtub rocker not only can you enjoy the summer sunsets in style but you can also revel in how clever you were to save that old tub from the dumpster.
A classic clawfoot tub turns into the sweet spot to stop and have a chat with a passing neighbour.
The showerhead may have seen better days but that doesn’t mean it’s a complete write-off. In fact we think this converted shower-tub comb is right on.
Chaise Your Dreams
More of an art piece than a piece of furniture, this tile-mosaic chaise repurposes basic bathroom materials and gives them new (artistic) life.
Never worry about leaving the patio furniture out in the rain again. With a cast-iron sofa, it’s tough enough to stand any weather front…just remember the cushions can’t.