What do you do if you need a patio table and it’s just not in the budget to buy one? No problem for a DIY-er like yourself: make one! Repurpose an old metal wash tub into a fabulous outdoor coffee table. We’ll show you how.
Build the Perfect Patio Table
If you don’t have an old metal tub laying around, you can find them at farm supply stores and hardware stores. Round or oblong, these tubs are usually low enough to make the perfect table or even a foot stool. Smaller buckets make great side tables or ottomans.
What You’ll Need
- 1/2 – 3/4-inch plywood
- 2 x 6 inch boards
- Liquid nails glue
- Outdoor silicone caulk
- Stain and polyurethane protectant
Need Extra Storage? This Table Has It
Decide how large you want the table top to be. A good size is three inches wider than the diameter of the bucket. The inside of the tub makes great storage space, so consider whether you want to permanently attach the table top to the bucket or build it so you can lift it off for easy access.
Make a Bucket Storage Table in 9 Steps
- Trace the outside diameter of bucket onto the plywood – Mark 3-inches outside of that line for where you will cut.
- (Optional) Make the top a lid – Draw a second circle and cut 1-inch inside the diameter of the circle.
- Cut the circles with the jigsaw.
- Glue the smaller circle onto the larger one – The smaller one will fit inside the bucket and hold the lid in place.
- Add liquid nails glue to the larger circle – Add the boards to plywood. Allow 24 hours to dry.
- Cut the boards in the shape of the larger circle.
- (Optional) Screw the boards to the larger circle – This will keep them from shifting if glue fails.
- Sand the top and edges of the table top.
- Stain or paint and coat with a polyurethane protectant.
Keep Your Table from Blowing Around
If you don’t want to use the inside for storage, consider adding sand or a concrete block to give the table weight so it won’t blow around. You can permanently add the table top onto the bucket by flipping the bucket over and applying liquid nails to the edge. Place the plywood on top and allow to dry. Caulk between the plywood and the bucket to protect against moisture.
Extra Seating Options
Create an ottoman with a smaller bucket. Glue 2-inch foam padding to a small plywood circle and cover with outdoor fabric. Keep the fabric taunt and staple it on the underside. The covered circle fits inside the opening of the bucket. If you want the ottoman as additional seating, then be sure to place a concrete block inside the bucket to support the covered seat.
Save Money with Repurposed Furniture
Repurposing old items into useful patio furniture is a fun weekend project. It is a great way to save money, while unleashing your inner creative side. So next time the wind blows your patio furniture off the deck, leaving it in tatters, don’t sweat it. Just laugh and head to the garage, surely you have a few extra buckets laying around. Take that wind!
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