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Clawfoot tub to Chaise Lounge

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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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  • Debbie Borthwick
    Debbie Borthwick Canada
    on Apr 1, 2013

    What an amazing project! It looks fantastic!

  • Gail Terkelsen
    Gail Terkelsen Spring, TX
    on Apr 1, 2013

    This is one of the coolest "makeovers" I have seen yet! Congrats for all you hard work.

  • Candace Seaton
    Candace Seaton Huntsville, AL
    on Apr 2, 2013

    That tub was worth a lot of money...you ruined it!

  • Sharon D
    Sharon D Ennis, TX
    on Apr 2, 2013

    so want this

  • Donald Huneycutt
    Donald Huneycutt Stanfield, NC
    on Apr 2, 2013

    I'm by no means a pro, but I do know getting one of those tubs properly restored is very pricey. I would say as beautiful as that turned out, Its still worth what it was if not more. congrates

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