Ideas for recycling bathtubs: how about transforming this piece of furniture you intend to replace into something functional and creative at the same time? Make way for do-it-yourself: many proposals are waiting for you.
The bathtub is the essential component of your furniture especially if designed in a classic, vintage and a little romantic style. If it’s time to throw it away because it no longer works or to make room for a multifunctional shower, thanks to modern times, do not give in to laziness but use it to create something useful and truly original.
Leave it to your imagination and creativity and in a few steps you can furnish a corner of the living room or your garden: seeing is believing! Creative recycling is also the perfect solution for your bathtub which lends itself perfectly to the purpose. We have collected some ideas for you to bring it back to life: let’s start with the first one.
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1. A colorful planter
How about turning your vintage-flavored tub into a modern planter? Arm yourself with patience and the right tools: sandpaper to clean it up, brushes, anti-rust paint to protect it from water, and a coat or two of the color of your choice.
You can opt for the classic and timeless white or rather for bright colors and thus brighten a corner of your balcony or garden. Always respect the style and create a truly spectacular corner. Once dry, just fill the bathtub with soil and place your favorite potted plants inside. Take care of it as only your green thumb can.
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2. Your little garden
Identical protagonist, same procedure but different guests for the second project that involves the creation of a delightful vegetable garden in the tub! Who would have thought that with his help you would finally be able to carve out the ideal space for home made fruit and vegetables?
You just need to calculate well the size of the bathtub to be recycled and the space available and you can also host it on the balcony. Clean it properly, give it a coat of protective varnish and finally fill it with soil. Now all that remains is to start planting. It can be a great way to teach little ones about the cycle of life and observe the growth with your own eyes: from seed to fruit!
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3. A comfortable sofa
A chair, a pair of armchairs or a comfortable sofa: it takes very little to make your bathtub an extra furnishing resource! Let’s see the basic steps to take to transform it together. First you need to clean both the inside and the outside of your bathtub with medium-coarse sandpaper that will give you a smooth and homogeneous surface again.
After this operation you can choose the color that best suits your indoor or outdoor. Take a large, soft-bristled brush and proceed, stroke by stroke, to cover the entire surface. Let it dry properly and, finally, add large and soft cushions to make your new seat cozy and comfortable.
You might as well decide – to stay in the DIY mood – to make extra large custom-made cushions for your new sofa, one for the seat and one for the backrest may be enough. For an extra touch of color just add some colorful cushions and the look is complete. Let’s move on to the next proposal.
4. A pond in the garden
Another truly original and suggestive idea is to create a small pond in the garden with your bathtub. A relaxation corner all for you: to be buried or placed directly on your lawn it depends on the style you want to infuse all around and the final vibe you have in your designs.
The important thing is to prepare it to accept water at will and several species accustomed to it: animals and plants. Ready for the challenge? Clean properly, apply anti-rust and color or leave it natural.
Slowly you will see how nice frogs will peep into it and find the ideal habitat. Let’s move on to the last of our suggestions that will make children happy. Because? Find out below.
5. A hiding place for the little ones
There is no project that leaves more room for the imagination than the one we are about to propose to you. A chest, a castle, a galleon: your bathtub will transform into each of them whenever your children want it.
It will be your responsibility to clean it, choose the ideal location and embellish it with small details that will make your imagination fly high. Some idea? Awnings for sail or excellent hiding, cushions to stay comfortable, bandages, swords and much more.
Ideas for recycling bathtub: photos and images
These that we have told you in the course of the article are just five of the ideas that you can realize with your old bathtub. Many others await you: a coffee table, an armchair, an icebox to keep your drinks cool during the long summer evenings and much more. Get inspired by other images we have included for you in the gallery below.
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