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Clawfoot tub to Chaise Lounge

Of course I have seen Breakfast at Tiffanys and my hat goes off to the original tub couch creator! However, I of COURSE have to add my spin!I though long and hard about simply taking the front out to make it a love seat, but .. then .. when do I do things the simple way? It needed that added flare and I am re finishing a clients bedroom to feel french, so it was a MUST to have curves. Voila the new Chaise for her master bedroom bay window!
First and Foremost - do NOT TRY CUTTING OR WORKING WITH THIS unless you have proper protective equipment on! Glasses AND masks are a MUST!!!!!! Not only do you have to deal with potential lead in the paint, but also glass infused, fired on porcelain and chips flying everywhere! Very messy job! - Now - on to the fun part!
I have been waiting three years to find the perfect tub! I found this one at our local Habitat for Humanity Re-store.
I plotted my design early to match with a theme I was doing in a clients Master Bedroom. She had asked to find a sitting bench or something for her Bay Window * DING DING DING* I finally have a reason to make the Chaise I wanted to do.
I worked on cutting the tub forever with a grinder as I was told plasma cutting was to hard on Cast .... it was pretty easy, however very time consuming, so I sourced it out after I got the initial trial over with. If I had more time to poke away at it I would have, but too many things were piling up! Then the work involved came. It took forever to figure out how to smoothe the chips from the cutting, but upon talking to some local car boys and metal workers, the idea of bondo came up! Might as well give it a go! And it worked! paint paint paint and add fabric and ta daaaaaaaaaaa! BUENO! There is a full album being uploaded right now to my Facebook page at http://www.gypsybarn.com. Come join the fun!
Difficulty: Advanced

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  • Wendy Cochran
    Wendy Cochran Swanville, MN
    on Aug 10, 2015

    this is really neat. and we scraped 2 claw foot tubs. I won't do it ever again.

  • Donald Johnson
    Donald Johnson Island, KY
    on Oct 15, 2015

    That was a great idea & great workman ship. I would never have thought of doing that.

  • Sandra
    Sandra Titusville, FL
    on Feb 24, 2016

    What a great job. I love this. Please make one for me. 😉

  • Ardale
    Ardale Poplar Bluff, MO
    on Jun 4, 2017

    This is one of the coolest things I've seen on Hometalk! It's just beautiful! Absolutely love it and want one! I've seen tons of old claw foot tubs turned into sofa's which in my opinion aren't all that pretty but have never seen one turned into a beautiful chaise lounge!

  • Dpbeee2
    Dpbeee2 Newport News, VA
    on Jun 6, 2017

    Best thing I have seen all week! Wow! Thank you.

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