Create a Bathroom Bench from an Unused Bathtub

We have been living in this house for almost three years...and almost every day for those three years I have been lamenting that the tub in our master bath is an eyesore. 

Neither Don nor I are bath takers, so there it sat - empty, taking up LOTS of room and gathering dust (and all other kinds of weirdness) with no useful purpose whatsoever.  We were told by our realtor that we couldn't take it out,I scoured the internet for some useful ideas (surprisingly - "unused bathtub" isn't a high traffic topic on the world wide web), came up with a vague idea for a seating area, but mostly I'd resigned myself to staring in to the vastness of the empty bathtub for all eternity.  Until my friend Erin came along.

Erin is one of those people who will tell you she isn't crafty, but who one day just casually mentioned that she builds furniture for fun.  So after hearing me whine for the 69000th time about my bathtub she said "I'm coming over to measure, I'm going to build you a bench".  Now - it should be noted here that my hubby (Erin's too) was deployed at the time.  I don't want his manhood (ie: ability with power tools) to be called in to question - I'm sure he would have built me a lovely bench 7.5 years from now.

So build she did - with some plywood cut just shy of the length of the tub and a few 2x2s around the base of the bench and across the width she created EXACTLY what I was looking for. {FTC disclaimer - this blog post contains an affiliate link. I might make a few pennies if you buy something!}

I applied spray adhesive to the top of the bench

then laid a urethane foam sheet on top of the spray adhesive and cut the sheet to size with a craft knife.

I (actually we - thanks to my mom who was visiting for the weekend) laid some upholstery fabric face down on the table, flipped the bench foam-side down on top of the fabric, pulled the fabric taut, folded the edge of the fabric under and used a staple gun to staple the fabric to the wood around all four sides of the bench.

The now covered bench literally slid over the top of the bathtub (meaning easy removal if we wanted to use the tub, and hidden storage if we needed it),

I added a few coordinating pillows, and now our unused empty bathtub has become a cozy little nook where we can lay out our clothes, I can sit to give myself a pedicure, or the cat can comandeer it for yet another place to take a nap.

So while I can't lend you Erin, if you ever find yourself staring woefully at an unused bathtub you can round up a handy friend (or hubby) and create your own little piece of crafty goodness right in your bathroom! Want another DIY home furnishing project? Check out our headboard project made out of old doors!