Bathtub to Sofa Tutorial

Guys, I don’t have an eye for good junk. It stinks.

I love seeing the fun finds some of my friends like Mandi, KariAnne and Brooke seem to come up with on their trips out. You better believe after seeing Ariean’s bathtub to sofa project, I will be stalking her finds as well!

In the meantime, she’s here with her bathtub to sofa tutorial…

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Sofa to Bathtub Tutorial

Hello, SYTYC Readers! Still in shock I won the UpCycle challenge, but so excited to share how I created a fun Outdoor Sofa from an old Cast Iron Bathtub! Are you ready?!

Bathtub to Sofa TutorialHere’s 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 {2}

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 my husband on this one!

Cast Iron Bathtub to Outdoor Sofa{3}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.

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! My husband cut the majority of this while I kept our little 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 an angle 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 {4}

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.

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 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.

5. I removed the drain. This can be left in place, too.

Yay! We’re getting closer…Time to paint!

Bathtub to Sofa Tutorial

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!

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

To make a comfy place to kick back and relax, I started with a trip to Joann’s to purchase foam and fabric…I did not plan this excursion well, because I went on Labor Day with three small boys. There was light at the end of the trip, though…Lucky for me, the foam and outdoor fabric was on sale 50% off that day! I had NO IDEA foam was so expensive, so make sure to plan that into the cost of re-purposing a bathtub if you ever choose to.

Bathtub to Sofa Tutorial Measure the interior width and length of the bathtub and add a couple inches to the length. It can always be trimmed back later. I wish I would have left mine a little longer so the cushion would have a tighter fit at each end.

Wrap cushion in quilt batting and cover with outdoor fabric. I could have made a slipcover for this, but chose not to. Why? Because I live in a house of boys. We live in the country. There is a lot of dirt. Those three combined means I will be washing this a lot. So, I simply serged around the edges of the fabric (not shown), sprayed it with a couple coats of scotch guard and tucked it around the edges of the foam.
For the pillows, I created simple covers for some extra pillows I had around the house. I measured the existing pillow and added seam allowance, then stitched them up.

For the backing, I used an old slipcover from my sofa in a cream twill. This way, if the color is too bold, I can tone it down with a more neutral look. I may even stencil on a couple of them!
Whew! That was a lot, but all that hard work turned into a beautiful, comfortable and unique piece of furniture for my back patio. Now if I can just get my kids off of it long enough to enjoy it myself!

Cast Iron Bathtub turned Outdoor Sofa AFTER {8}Thank you all so very much for your votes and giving me the chance to share this tutorial! Have a Happy Week!

Bathtub to Sofa {3}

 What a great tutorial Ariean! To see more of Ariean’s great projects visit her site, One Krieger Chick.

Best Birthday Tutorials

I spent the more formal part of my career working as a public relations consultant for Utah politicians.

When a good portion of your job is spent briefing officials about the “hot topics” of a particular area (say, something like the plight of gophers in northeastern Utah) your brain tends to contain a WHOLE LOT of completely meaningless information.

Not one to be stingy with trivia, I wanted to share (though I think this season’s contestants really wish I wouldn’t have)…

Utah has the highest birthrate in the nation, so it’s only natural that I would pick up a thing or two about the ebb and flow of birthdays.

Did you know that Monday, September 16, marks the most popular birthday in the U.S.?

It’s true.

Before you start trying to do the math, I will just put it out there…Nine months = December.

In any event, it’s only natural that we’d have a birthday challenge this week,right? Right.

SYTYC Birthday Challenge

I can’t wait to show you what our awesome competitors have created for this round. MAN THESE GUYS ARE GOOD!

I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite birthday related posts to kick off this week’s fun.

12 birthday tutorials

Best Birthday Tutorials on the Web

Balloon Wreath Tutorial via Bits of Everything

Balloon Wreath Tutorial via Bits of Everything

Birthday Wreath Tutorial via SNAP!

Curly Ribbon Birthday Wreath Tutorial via SNAP! 

Confetti Decor

Confetti Wall via Allison Celestia


DIY Tissue Tassel Tutorial via Green Wedding Shoes

Fringed Crepe Paper Streamers Tutorial via SNAP!

Fringed Crepe Paper Streamers Tutorial via SNAP!

Zig Zag Streamers

Zig Zag Streamers Tutorial via Oh Happy Day

Confetti Dipped Balloons Tutorial

Confetti Dipped Balloon Tutorial via Studio DIY

DIY Rainbow Pinata via The Sweetest Occaision

DIY Rainbow Pinata Tutorial via The Sweetest Occaision

Free birthday subway art via Eighteen 25

Free Printable Birthday Subway Art via Eighteen 25

Birthday Crown Tutorial via Heidi Finn

Birthday Crown Tutorial via Heidi & Finn

Birthday Hat Tutorial via Your Home Based Mom

Birthday Hat Tutorial via Your Homebased Mom 

Easy Rainbow Birthday Cake Tutorial

Easy Chevron Rainbow Birthday Cake Tutorial via SNAP!


Birthday Balloon Sprinkle Cake via Double the Fun Parties

Birthday Cake Pops

Birthday Cake Pop Tutorial via Niner Bakes

Upcycle Challenge Results Season 17, Week 2

What a great week. There were honestly so many great projects featured this week, any one of the projects could be featured as the winner. Speaking of winners, I am pretty sure that you just want me to get on with things, rather than rambling on…

SYTYC Upcycle Challenge

Upcycle Challenge Results


Crafter Reveal

Project #1 Child’s Desk – Michelle, Delicate Construction
Project #2 Upcycled Dining Table – Emily, The Benson Street
Project #3 Door to Coffee Table – Dru, Polkadot Poplars
Project #4 Dresser Upcycle – Lynda, Oh So Shabby
Project #5 Bathtub Sofa – Ariean, One Krieger Chick
Project #6 Midcentury Modern Dresser – Justynn, Creative Life Antics
Project #7 Button and Crochet Art – Daniela, Bonito Servico
Project #8 Thrift Store Skirt to Beach Bag – Crystal, Stitched by Crystal
Project #9 Upcycled Ruffle Onesie – Krisha, Jacks and Kate

Upcycle Challenge Winner

Congratulations to Ariean, from One Krieger Chick, who stole the show with her amazing bathtub to sofa upcycle.

Bathtub to Outdoor Sofa


Seriously. Could this project have been ANY cooler? I think not! “Tune” in next Tuesday to see Ariean’s tutorial for this INCREDIBLE project.

Leaving This Week

Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to Daniela, from Bonito Servico. Daniela has served as our lone international participant this year. Be sure to come back and learn more about her on Wednesday!

Leather Tassel Tutorial

How to make a leather tassel #DIY #upcycle

I have a selection of handbags in my closet that haven’t been pulled out and used in years. I don’t use them because they’re really only made to carry a very small wallet, lipstick, a cell phone and car keys.

I can’t bear to part with them because 1) they’re adorable 2) they were purchased back when I had disposable income, so they’re nice 3) they remind me of a time that I was cute and trendy.

These days I can’t be bothered to make sure my purse matches my outfit and/or shoes and I am more inclined to carry a bucket or hobo bag than a little handbag or wristlet.

I love carrying a big purse. Everything fits inside

The problem? I keep loosing my keys. I’ve spent countless minutes searching my bag, only to determine that they must be somewhere else in the house, changing my mind and finally finding them in the deep recesses of my purse.

Let’s not even talk about the time that they ripped the lining and lodged themselves inside…

I decided it was time to invest in a key fob of some sort to keep my keys handy. PLUS, I really wanted to play along and create something for this week’s upcycle challenge.

SYTYC Upcycle Challenge

While I am not quite ready to rid my closet of the cute little bags of yesteryear, I did have a bucket bag that I was ready to get rid of and I decided to take it apart and make a faux leather tassel (plus, the faux leather was great practice in case it turned out).

Handbag to Tassel

The faux leather on this bag was well-worn and I loved how soft it was.

Leather Tassel Tutorial

How to make a #DIY leather tassel #tutorial #upcycle

Leather Tassel Tutorial Supplies:

How to make a leather tassel #DIY #upcycle

The first step to creating the tassel was to deconstruct the bag. I was a little worried it would be difficult to cut through the leather, but it was fairly thin and I easily cut the purse up with my office scissors. The most difficult part was taking apart the front. The lining involved in the stitched leather was a lot heavier than that on the back.

How to make a leather tassel #DIY #Tutorial #Upcycle

I am going to save the multi-colored stitched leather for another project – maybe an iPad case?

How to make a #DIY leather tassel #tutorial #upcycle

I took the regular brown leather and cut it into 4×11″ panels. With a heavier leather (which would actually look better), you might trim this down to 10″ long.

How to make a #DIY leather tassel #tutorial #upcycle

Once I had the right size panel, I used my rotary cutter to create a fringe. I sliced off one of the strips to use as the tab for the lobster clasp.

how to make a leather tassel #DIY #tutorial #upcycle

Once the fringe is cut, I glued the small piece of leather onto the lobster clasp. Once the tab was dry, I started to wrap the leather fringe around the tab.

I wrapped slowly, making sure that the glue was sticking and the fringe was secure.

Once the entire fringe was wrapped, I cut a very thin strip of leather and wrapped it around the fringe. Finally I added the brad for detail.

How to make a leather tassel #DIY #upcycle

I really love the tassel, but now I have decided that I would REALLY love it if it was in a nice soft gold leather…Sigh. I guess I will have to find a panel!

Interview with Melissa, Fablifyit

I am so excited to be sharing my interview with Melissa, from Fablifyit, with you today. Melissa is an amazing woman who’s not only got a fun website, but also runs a successful business!

Fablifyit QuoteInterview with Melissa, Fablifyit

1. Tell as a little bit about yourself and your blog.

My blog, Fablifyit, is about all fun things you can make with vinyl, wood, or anything else I can come up with! I love finding new ways to do things. I love photos, and sayings.

2. How and why did you start crafting?

I starting when I was super young, I have always loved creating.

3. How often do you craft?

IF I go a couple days without making something, I get a little onery! So I try and make something, or paint…every couple of days.

4. Where do you get inspiration?

How do you stay creative? Nature, music, my family, Inspiration is everywhere! I stay creative by not forcing it, sometimes just a walk or playing with my kids gets the ideas flowing.

5. What is your favorite medium to work with?

Painting…. SO SO SO many things you can do with paint!

6. What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

More detailed wood cutting, I love my scroll saw but I really am not the best at it.

7. What is your guilty pleasure?

Pepsi, and more Pepsi..

8. What makes you smile?

My kids, my family, they are so amazing!

9. What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?

Spending time with my Family..

10. How do you stay organized?

I don’t… I really need some intervention…

11. What blogger do you look up to?

Lindsey Petersen and Heather Johnson…

*Melissa has a wonderful voice and as she mentioned she has a knack for working with paint, wood and vinyl. Here are a few seasonal projects you might want to check out.

Fablifyit Crafts

Wood Pumpkins | Ghost Soap Dispensers | Glitter Jars | Fall Wood Block Crafts 

Upcycle Challenge {Season 17, Week 2}

I am so excited to share this week’s upcycle challenge with you. The projects are INCREDIBLE. The challengers have really outdone themselves today!

SYTYC Upcycle Challenge

Let’s just jump right in shall we?

Upcycle Challenge Projects

Project #1 Child’s Desk from Candlesticks and Cupboard Door

I am going to be honest everyone, this week was much more challenging than I expected it to be! I went through about 345 ideas, before I came up with this one and evidently the 346th time is the charm! I love the way this little table for my daughter’s room came out! My preschooler has been becoming more and more interested in drawing and writing and she just didn’t have a great place to do this in her room, which is when the idea to solve the problem with this week’s craft theme came into play!

Child's Desk from Candlesticks and Cupboard Door

I had previously upcycled this cupboard door into another craft and it had ‘done it’s time’ in that position and was ready for another promotion. I was also given these four candlesticks from a friend of mine who knew I love random odds and ends. I have had these for a couple months and had not figured out a great use for them yet. I happened to be holding them while walking through the room where the cupboard door had been living and the light bulb went off! From there it was a new color treatment for both and some E600 that gave my daughter a great little table that she loves!

Child's Desk from Candlesticks and Cupboard DoorThis project came out to be the perfect height for a little one to sit or stand at and my daughter has been spending loads of time in her room creating and writing. The best part of this project is I found most of the stuff on hand and only went out to make one purchase that was under $5 to finish it off! Those are the best kind of projects! Affordable, useful and repurposing items from around the house to solve a problem!

Child's desk made from candlesticks and cupboard door

Project #2 Upcycled Dining Table

I was really excited for the upcycle challenge this week. I have been in need of a new dining table (mine is cheap, it is bubbling up from water damage). I found this adorable table at a garage sale and scored it for $40! Solid wood with a leaf, what a steal. I have these awesome place mats that inspired me to upcycle this table.

Upcycled Dining Table

Can you believe the difference? I love the variety of colors and the life it brings to the table. It will brighten up my dining room. I wanted to give the dining table new life with the white and black matching my place mat inspiration.

Upcycled Dining Table

I love that adding the lighter colored paint to the chairs really highlights the carving detail (which are fabulous). I adore the claw feet. I think it reminds me of a bathtub with claw feet. It feels vintage and expensive. I hope you love it just as much as I do and thanks for voting!

Upcycled Dining Table

 Project #3 Old Door to Coffee Table

I’ve had this partial old wood door and some old bed posts just hanging around and have been thinking they would make a great coffee table. So, this week’s challenge was the perfect opportunity to put it together.

upycle an old door to a coffee table

I cut around the edges of the door to create an equal sized frame on all sides.  I also cut the bedposts in half creating the four legs. Using 1″x4″s I created a frame under the door to add sturdiness and to hold the legs in place.

I painted the edges of the door and the 1″x4″s but couldn’t bring myself to sand or paint the legs and door.  I love the chippy paint and the vintage look.

upcycled old door to coffee table

Ta-da! What do you think?

Project #4 Goodwill find Turned Glamour Girl Dresser (Dresser Upcycle)

Yeah!!  Made it to round two! This is so exciting!!  So… a few years ago I found this beauty at the Good Will for $20. I needed it for my daughter’s room and finally got around to “prettying” it up!  (If that’s a word) Here is how I did it…..

Dresser upcycle

First I painted the whole dresser with Annie Sloan Old White except for the drawer fronts. I painted those with Annie Sloan Duck Egg then painted over that with Old White. After it was dry I distressed the drawer fronts. Then I painted the door fronts with a hot pink from my daughter’s room remodel.  After the pink was dry I applied a cool vinyl stencil from the House of Smith’s vinyl shop. To put some finishing touches on I primed, spray painted then distressed the hardware and lined the drawers with fabric and wrapping paper using spray adhesive.

Upcycled Dresser

Then wallah she was finished… my daughter is a total hoarder so I picked this dresser because it had lots of “storage” for all her treasures!!!  She loves it…. Hopefully you will love it enough to vote for me!!!!

upcycled dresser

Project #5 Bathtub to Outdoor Sofa

When I found out the theme for this week was Upcycle, I knew exactly what I wanted to create for my project.  How I was going to do it was another question entirely…and in only one week…Yikes!

Bathtub to Outdoor Sofa

Years ago, this bathtub was destined for the dump.  Thankfully I rescued it…knowing one day I would have the perfect project for it!  Why not turn an old cast iron bathtub into a Relaxing Outdoor Sofa?!

Bathtub to outdoor sofa

With a little help from the Hubby, I was able to remove the side of the bathtub, give it a good cleaning to remove the layers it had accumulated over the years, freshen it up with paint and sew a few cozy outdoor cushions for a lively new look.  Honestly, after finishing this project, all I want to do is prop my feet up and take a nap on my new Outdoor Sofa.  Hope you Love it as much as I do!

Bathtub to Outdoor Sofa

Project #6 Mid-Century Modern Dresser Update

Alright… Made it to week two! Excuse my little dance party #dancepartyaction. This week we’re on “Upcycle” which happens to be my favorite craft theme all around. I love repurposing and refinish old furniture/ old scraps… stuff found at the thrift store. Mostly because it’s WAY cheaper, and I’m not a millionaire. I’ve been scouring craigslist in my area for a while now and a few months ago I came across this really cool Midcentury Modern dresser (which is ALL the rage right now) for $100. Knowing I wanted to refinish it (darker stain) and what that was going to cost me, I threw it on the back burner and saved a copy of the listing to go back to.

Midcentury Modern Dresser UpcycleSide-note: Did you know that if you click the little star next to the listing on craigslist, the site will “save” listings for you?! Talk about the observation of the century… “it’s changed my life”. Well, kinda.

Midcentury modern dresser upcycle

True to form I was cleaning out my inbox a few months later and happened to click the link to see if it was still around. Surprisingly it was still listed, AND it dropped to $50. A MUCH BETTER price. I emailed the seller right away and went to pick it up that week. When I got it though, I realized that the listing didn’t show all the wear and tear this dresser was really hiding, and that just a light sanding and staining wasn’t going to cover up the huge scratches and marker stains. Onto Plan B: Patch and paint the outside of the dresser then sand and refinish/ stain the drawers.

Midcentury modern dresser upcycle

I’m overwhelming in-love with the dresser and how it turned out. It’s completely my style- which is often hard to define. I love that the drawers have two different wood types on the front with the face and the handles which made a cool unexpected contrast after stained (with the SAME STAIN!!). Mind you this thing was a BEAST to refinish. Sanding took weeks, and several coats of stain blocker paint & coats of white. I fixed up the original hardware too. Totally worth the work though. Check out the before and after! What a difference.

Project #7 Crochet and Buttons Upcycle

Here we are for week 2 of SYTYC. I am so happy I’m still on the contest.

This week’s theme is Upcycle. For this purpose I have put together some frames for my living room, something I already had in mind to do for a while. I wanted it to be simple and delicate, and to give some live to the hall.

Upcycled Button and Crochet Artwork

I have used some crochet doilies and buttons I had around to make three frames. The crochet doilies were sewed to a black background. The heart shaped frame was done by putting together several buttons with different sizes, shapes and colors. For this, the background was done with a grey stripped poster paper.

Upcycled Button and Crochet Artwork

After putting together all the frames it was time to put them on the hall. Together with my husband we chose to put them on the living room TV hall, as you can see in the picture. I have put the two smaller ones on top of each other and the bigger one on the side in order to get some balance.

Upcycled Button and Crochet Artwork

It really lights up the living room and we are happy with the result. Hope you like it too.

Project #8 Upcycled Beach Bag From Thrift Store Skirt

It seems like fall is coming quick, kids are back in school, Halloween stuff is making it’s way into stores, but I am soaking up these last few weeks of summer (and 90 + degree heat!) with my new beach bag.

Upcycle - Skirt to Beach Bag

I picked up this skirt at the thrift store for $2.  As soon as I saw it hanging on the rack I thought it would make a great bag.  I like the pink stripe and the fabric is thicker than you find on most skirts so it should be pretty durable.  Once I got it home, I started taking out all those box pleats and ended up with quite a bit of fabric, probably around 1 ½ yards.  I picked up some grommets from the home decor section of my local craft store and 5’ of rope from the hardware store and made this bag, all for under $10.

Upcycle - Skirt to Beach Bag

I love how it turned out!  The bag is huge and opens really wide, but when you pick it up the rope cinches the top a bit which helps keep everything inside.  I added a pocket to the front for easy access to my sunglasses, keys, and cell phone and closed it up with a cute wooden button I had on hand.  I hope you all like this bag as much as I do!

Upcycle - Skirt to Beach Bag

Project #9 Ruffled Onsie

Upcycled Ruffle Onsie

For this week’s theme, Upcycle, I chose to repurpose a pile of thrift store t-shirts. I have a baby shower coming up and I thought this would be perfect for the baby girl to be. Plus, I really love giving one of a kind, handmade gifts.

Upcycled Ruffle Onesie

First, I adorned the front of the onesie with 3 bow appliqués fashioned from the old t-shirts. After drawing and cutting, I attached the 3 bows to the onesie using a simple straight stitch.

For the ruffles, I cut strips of the tshirts and gathered them to the width of the onesie, using my sewing machine.  Then, I attached to the backside of the onesie.

Upcycled Ruffle Onesie

I plan to pair this with a bib and burp cloth, also made from upcycled t-shirts. The entire project cost less than $5 and took just under an hour to make. I hope you like it as much as I do and vote to keep me in the competition!

Upcycle Challenge Vote

Upcycle Challenge SYTYC

It’s time to start voting…Please vote for your five favorite projects (it’s quick, I promise!) in order to ensure that your vote goes through. A tutorial for the winning project will be posted on Tuesday.

The poll is open through 5 p.m. MST on Thursday, Sept. 12.

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