I Thought He Was Nuts To Drag Home This Rusty Spa. But Wait Til You See It Now…

Spring is upon us, and the warm weather means we can finally turn our thoughts to spending more time outdoors.

And what better way to prepare for spring than to spruce up the backyard with a one-of-a-kind DIY project? Hometalk’s Stephen Taylor, an avid DIY-er, decided to do just that.

Taylor found pre-made fish ponds to be extremely overprice at the store, so he chose to get creative. He brilliantly turned an old, rusty spa pool into a beautiful, affordable fish pond. Sometimes one man’s trash truly is another man’s treasure, much like this useless bathtub that was transformed into two unique lawn chairs.

Thanks to some elbow grease and the right tools, Taylor’s fish pond cleverly upgraded the vacant space in his backyard to a conversation piece that is full of character.

Do you have any projects planned for your outdoor space this spring? What do you think of this DIY fish pond? Let us know in the comments!

[H/T: Hometalk]


Hometalk / Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor’s wife wasn’t thrilled when he rolled into their driveway with a rusty, old spa that could hold over 250 gallons of water. He was determined, however, to add a fish pond to their garden area at a reasonable cost.

Luckily, the spa itself only cost him $20 on a website called TradeMe.

Hometalk / Stephen Taylor

Taylor ran into a little bit of trouble transporting the oversize rust bucket when a ratchet strap broke, and the spa fell off the trailer.

Fortunately, none of the necessary parts were damaged, so he brought it home and got right to digging.

Hometalk / Stephen Taylor

After stripping off all the fittings and blocking the holes with expanding foam, the spa was lowered into the hole. With only a few attempts, he was able to get it level to the ground.

“If you don’t get it level, it will look awful,” Taylor warned.

Next, it was time to install electric wiring for the pump.


Hometalk / Stephen Taylor

Taylor then fitted wire rebar mesh over the top of the soon-to-be fountain and bricked around it. The rebar and bricks were leftover materials from construction on his house.

The sun tile at the front was given to him by his father, who passed away shortly before this was built. The fountain accent was a beautiful way to commemorate his dad!

Hometalk / Stephen Taylor

A few finishing touches included installing the pump with a UV light, adding several solar lights and zip-tying plants to the rebar to allow for decent growth.

Hometalk / Stephen Taylor

Ten goldfish later, and this old spa had officially transformed into a fish pond!

This is a delightful addition to their backyard space, and needless to say, Taylor’s wife is much happier now that the large eyesore is out of her sight and has been replaced with this adorable fish pond.

You can follow Stephen Taylor on his Hometalk page for more DIY inspiration.

What do you think of Taylor’s fish pond transformation? Would you want one of these in your backyard? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to SHARE!

Written by Dorathy Blues

Dorathy is a freelance writer from Arkansas, US