Awesome Ikea Hack of the Week: A million-dollar bathtub that costs just $120

Done right, wood is one of those things that can take your Toronto apartment from Vanilla Ice to Kanye pretty easily. This Ikea hack helps you Kanye your bathroom by adding a pimp wooden surround on your bathtub.

The parts. You’ll need:

  • Ekbacken countertop, or other Ikea countertop, enough to cover the front of your bathtub x2 – $60.00 each
  • Saw
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Wood glue

Do it.

The first thing to keep in mind is that you’re going to want to NOT destroy your bathtub while doing this so you don’t have to replace it when you move out.

The second thing is to measure the design out first before you start, as some smaller bathrooms might not support an addition like this.

Your first step is to measure out whether your bathroom can support a step up to the bathtub, similar to what you see in the original blog. A standard riser is 10” deep, by about 7” high. If it’s going to work in your bathroom, measure and cut out a riser from one of the two countertop pieces.

If not, you’ll probably only need one piece of countertop.

If you’re making a step, you’ll also need three or four 2x12s cut to support the step, see this as an example.

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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