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Every December, we, as an agency, throw money into a hat to give our founding partners a gift to thank them for a great year. Over the years, these gifts have included a neon sign shaped like our logo, a phone booth, an entry rug (featuring our logo), a table set (again, logo), a fishtank, an old exercise machine, and a disco ball. This year, we decided to tear a page out of our agency equity "Good. Clean. Fun." and our website, which features a clawfoot tub, and create The Tubble.

What's a tubble, you ask? Simple, it's a tub, filled with bubbles, that we turned into a coffee table.

Tub + Bubbles + Table = Tubble.

It all started with a rusty tub on a neighbor's porch.

He was gutting his house and graciously gave us this old clawfoot tub. While the structural integrity of the tub was sound, it needed some work. The porcelain inside had some rust spots, the feet and fixture were rusted, and the outside of the tub had about 12 coats of paint on it.

So how did we get from rusty old tub to Tubble?

You'd be surprised at how easy (and relatively inexpensive) it was.
tinker2344 years ago
got to make one
frydaddy5 years ago
Ok, so I wasnt too sure on this one at first, but POW. the finished product is crazy cool.
Fantastic!! Brilliant (so now questions that you've probably already answered-I read too fast) Are the bubles made from the bubble wrap, or do they hide the lights.  Your creation is inspirational.
seamusiv (author)  porcupinemamma5 years ago
The bubbles are made from the lights and rest on top of the bubble wrap (which masks some of the cord and blurs the light a little bit, giving it a nice soft glow).
just as a point of clarification, if there was rust present the tub is not porcelain, it is cast iron with an enamel over it
As a point of clarification, it is indeed porcelain, the iron tub is heated to t he melting point of the powdered porcelain and it is sifted onto the hot metal until it melts and fuses into a solid coating of porcelain.
seamusiv (author)  justanassembler6 years ago
Thanks for the clarification... After we lifted this tub several times, we just knew it was heavy... we weren't sure the entire thing was cast iron ;)
Baytonian5 years ago
Very creative!  Thanks for sharing this excellent instructable.
bigdaddygeo5 years ago
Is it worthwhile to check for the presence of lead paint?   Sanding and scraping that stuff will throw off dust.
solmstea6 years ago
That looks really great! I really like how warm the bubbles look. But if I were to find a nice cast iron tub like this, I'd make it into a couch.
seamusiv (author)  solmstea6 years ago
That sounds awesome. Unfortunately we didn't know any welders or people who could cut through this with a torch. If you do that, let us know!
sicariusne6 years ago
Looks good. Although I do have a concern about the heat from the Christmas lights if left on for a while. Have there been any issues with the Christmas lights melting the bubble wrap?
seamusiv (author)  sicariusne6 years ago
Good question. We have had no issues in 2+ months. These are pretty low-watt bulbs and this thing is on for 8+ hours a day. If you really want to be safe (and environmentally friendly) you may want to consider LED holiday lights, although they put off more of a bright white glow than the soft glow we were looking for.
led strands are available in 'warm white' - almost indistinguishable from your excellent strands there. Awesome 'ible; and you probably wont want to - but depending on the thickness of your tempered glass, you can lay on a sheet that size - my friend used to do that to sell glass furniture; when people would ask 'isnt that gonna break' he would hop up and SIT on various desks (and hes not a small guy).
seamusiv (author)  frollard6 years ago
Thanks for the heads up! When I bought the lights, the only LEDs they had left made it look like a UFO was bearing down on me.
Definitely avoid ufo led's. They can scan your brain, and if successful, the probe comes next.
Number096 years ago
I'm tempted to go seek out an old sink and make a scaled-down version of this... :-) This was such a well written Instructable. I especially like the "You'll need" at the top of each step.
seamusiv (author)  Number096 years ago
Table + Sink = Sinkable? Thanks, Number09.

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Ninzerbean6 years ago
Just Wonderful! What does "Space zots at 12-163 intervals" mean? Why has no one else asked this question - is it that obvious to everyone else? Is is something like a clock face with no "9"?
seamusiv (author)  Ninzerbean6 years ago
Sorry about that... it's supposed to say 12-16" intervals, I think it got bungled in the Instructables editor ;)
Slisgrinder6 years ago
We should add speakers to it...kidding, but an old tube contemporary radio would look great on that. Something like http://blog.makezine.com/e-clec-tech_1899_274864.jpg. Great job by the way...
seamusiv (author)  Slisgrinder6 years ago
That radio is awesome. We'd have to make it something to do with bathing, methinks, maybe a washboard radio?
DIYDragon6 years ago
I'm not exactly sure where I'd put this in my house, but it's pretty sweet. : D
seamusiv (author)  DIYDragon6 years ago
We have a waiting room/entry area where the Tubble resides now, we probably need to make some "toilet" recliners!
omnibot6 years ago
Wow!!! That is so awesome!
Pkranger886 years ago
That rocks I so would love to have that kind of furniture. I've been trying to get my wife to give me the okay on a 44" super swamper tire coffee table. No go.
That is such an inventive way to use an old bathtub, Thumbs up!
ChrysN6 years ago
Nice, it looks awesome!
lemonie6 years ago
Great effect! L