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Monday, May 22, 2017

Stainless Steel Washer Tub Repurposed

Our dishwasher needed some work done to it a few weeks ago and while the repairman was here,  he noticed that I liked to repurpose things.    He said he would drop off a washing machine tub that he had and would like to see what I could do with it.

There are so many things you can do with a tub......where do I start!

I knew that I wanted to have light shining thru the holes.......

It could be used as a planter......or.....maybe just have a top made and use it as a end table

Put a big bucket of iced drinks in it......

Put a pillow on top and prop your feet up......

Add fairy lights to the plants......

Here's another thought.......

Fill it with small logs and make a faux fire pit.......

My washer tub doubles as a light for the front porch......

The tub adds an industrial look to my shabby chic porch......

Here's a few how to tips on how H converted it to what I needed.  

 He removed this big shaft to make the tub flat on both sides.

The he cut a round "shelf" to set stuff on.    The bottom part is lit with a string of Christmas lights...the cord comes out a hole that H cut in the side.    The lights I used on the top are battery operated fairy lights.

Which way do you like it......planter?

Or faux fire pit?


  1. LOVE this tub and I also love every way that you showed how it cold b displayed!! You always recycle the coolest things!!

  2. Penny, Oh I think you are clever. ...I loved it both ways. You could use the planter thru summer and the logs thru fall. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  3. Oh gosh...I love this!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  4. You are simply Amazing!!!! So pretty! Hugs,

  5. Outstanding idea. So many ways to go with it.

  6. I love the planter - you are so creative!

  7. Love the tub. It is so pretty & shined. I like both ways also. Two times you can use it summer or fall & I can picture you using it at christmas with lots of silver & lights. BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL.

  8. Penny this is fabulous! Thanks for sharing :) xx

  9. Great idea and amazing recycling!
    Hugs Alessandra

  10. You have more creativity in your pinky than most have in their whole included! I'm so amazed at everything you do. So clever!

  11. OK. I am seriously in love with this! I would never have thought to do this. And I just gave away my old washing machine. Feeling sad about that now! Such a cool idea!

  12. Love the light shining through it and it looks great as both so you can have plants in the summer and logs in the winter :)

  13. I love this. I made a faux firepit this year using fairy lights as well. Its a workable firepit, but their have been firebans the last three years so this way it will get use. They are so pretty at night, I just have to dress a bit warmer to enjoy it. Love yours.

  14. What a cute idea Penny! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  15. You are my hero and a true Salvagesister! LOVE it!! Feel free to post over on my FB page with any upcycle projects.

    Thanks for linking up to #wasternotwednesday

  16. Hi Penny! Thank you so much for sharing this at the Farmhouse Friday link party! Pinned! :)

  17. So cool! Love it! Thanks for always stopping by and linking up! Love seeing what you're up to!

  18. Very clever. I love it. Thanks for sharing!


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