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From bathtub to couch, one way to reuse

April 18, 2011 |  8:02 am

CastironbathtubcouchWhen it comes to upcycling, some waste items are more difficult to redeem than others. Take the cast iron bathtub that's been transformed into a couch by a Kansas artist. The bathtub couch was one of the finalists announced Monday in NBCUniversal's first Art of Reuse contest. The contest was conducted in partnership with Etsy, a website for customers and artists to buy and sell handmade items. 

Designed as a one-off for a gameroom when it first posted to the Etsy site last year, the couch inspired so many compliments that it is now in production. The 225-pound couch costs $1,700.

Shipping not included.

-- Susan Carpenter

Photo: Cast iron bathtub couch. Credit: Etsy.com