Wash Tub Coffee Table

December 1st, 2009 in member junk     
junkermidge junkermidge, member
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The finished wash tub coffee table.  The top easily removes so the contents can be changed whenever the mood strikes.
My main ingredients -- an old galvanized tub, a metal stand, and a round piece of glass.  Together they made up great coffee table and were the perfect size and heights.
I found some clips that would hold the bar and used them to attach the base to the tub.
I didnt trust the top to just those rubber bumpers so I found some clip things that would slip over rim of tub and I epoxyed them onto the glass. You can see them, but they blend in well with the tub. 
The finished wash tub coffee table.  The top easily removes so the contents can be changed whenever the mood strikes.

The finished wash tub coffee table.  The top easily removes so the contents can be changed whenever the mood strikes.


I'm not sure if it's really a washtub, but it is some kind of galvanized tub.  I always envisioned it as a coffee table but was waiting for the right time.  Well that time came this weekend when while organizing my "stuff" I stumbled across what I thought would make the perfect base.  Then I discovered that I had a circle of glass that would be the perfect size.  It was go time!

I do have a secret round piece of board inside so you really don't have to fill the whole tub.  So the sky's the limit on what could go inside: pool table balls, pennies, sand & shells, rocks, photos, collection of misc. junk, etc.  This time around I simply filled it with greens for the holidays.   


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Comments (24)

Lady4117 writes: This is the Best idea! I had a washtub, left by my grandmother and an old round kitchen table top. I Added soil and made a huge planter inside like a terrarium! Posted: 1:36 pm on March 31st
thevintageroomny writes: Great Idea.. I am always trying to come up with ideas to Re Purpose, Reuse and Recycle.. Thanks for sharing Posted: 4:54 pm on May 28th
pofolksdecorator1 writes: Thank you soooo much for the tub idea. I made one and put a village inside it that lights up. I will try to send you a picture. My 'pixels' were too high and the photos wouldn't download. Annie Posted: 2:03 am on April 25th
junkermidge writes: Hi Annie -- just noticed your comments here. Glad you're so excited to do a table like that. As far as the base goes, I'm probably not much help. I found it in one of my piles of misc. metal pieces, but it was just some kind of plant stand (maybe ?). As for the glass -- $50...OUCH! Mine was probably closer to .50. I think you're on the right track with the thrift stores, and right place at the right time. They usually are the tops to those round cheap 3-legged tables -- it might take a while, but be patient and eventually you'll find a reasonably priced one. As for what's inside, that's what's fun -- anything you want!!
Have fun!
Midge Posted: 8:00 pm on April 7th
pofolksdecorator1 writes: Hi Midge, I woke up and had to get started on the tub coffee table. I called the three glass companies in our little town and the cheapest 25 1/2" round Of glass is 50.00! Do you have any ideas where I could find one? I am hitting the thrift stores this morning. What did you use for the Bottom base? LOVE IT>>>>>>>Annie Posted: 12:44 pm on March 19th
pofolksdecorator1 writes: OH MY GOD THIS IS THE KOOLEST TABLE I HAVE EVER SEEN! I AM ON IT! NEED TO FIND A BASE. MY TUB IS PRETTY BIG. ANY SUGGESTONS? i WAS THINKING MAYBE A SMALL LADDER, CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AND NOW I NED A THEME. I COLLECT KIDS TOYS FROM THE 40'S AND FIFTIES. THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH. THIS WILL BE SO FUN TO MAKE. THEY THOUGHT MY HOUSE WAS WEIRD BEFORE!!!!! ANNIE Posted: 5:48 pm on March 17th
pofolksdecorator1 writes: I have one of these also. Love your idea, either my house is shrinking or I need to get my playhouse built and start selling1. What did you put inside? Looks like greenery and red bulbs? Very Kool. Where did you find the base and what is it? Annie Posted: 5:39 pm on March 17th
redbugs13 writes: This is awesome!!!!! What a fabulous idea! Posted: 12:34 pm on December 16th
fellowjunker writes: I love this Midge!!
xojanis Posted: 11:11 am on December 3rd
DownHomeDIY writes: Now this is fun!! I love that you can change your display as you see fit. Great project Midge!
~MB
Posted: 7:17 pm on December 2nd
suewhitney writes: Pure perfection my friend. Beautifully done!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 12:50 pm on December 2nd
shabbychick writes: Midge...another great post/project my friend!! I love your repurpose for the tub (and love the idea of lights inside) - another spot to redecorate (we can never have too many...).

So simple, and so perfectly junky cool!!

Did I mention I love it?

Kathy Posted: 10:39 am on December 2nd
Grasshopper22 writes: I want one!!! Fabulous project...it would be endless on what you can fill it with. Posted: 8:48 am on December 2nd
birdcolor writes: This is soooooo cool! What a great use for all of these items. Great eye to see that they all would work so well together.

Posted: 9:42 pm on December 1st
LuAnn writes: What a great piece. Has many potential ideas!! Way to go.

LuAnn Posted: 6:03 pm on December 1st
Prior writes: This is so well put together!! I am sooo glad you posted this, because it made me think of the inexpensive glass tops they sell at Wal-Mart and such... It would just fit my baby wash tub, making yet another use... Oh my head is spinning. Are there really bored people in the world??? Gotta go. Lezlee Posted: 5:20 pm on December 1st
TinTinJunkFan writes: You have a hit with this one! Looks terrific and of course is junkmeister versatile! Posted: 2:47 pm on December 1st
DreaminBoutJunk writes: Very good idea!! Could be used to hold just about anything! If it is water tight, you could also put goldfish in it for a unique fish pond. Posted: 2:36 pm on December 1st
JunkArchitect writes: This is about as good as it gets when building a junk coffee table. Everything came together perfectly and it shows…Great job!

Jim
Posted: 12:22 pm on December 1st
bluebucket writes: Love this. Would be cool anywhere and on the porch (like Judi suggests) with lights inside. Perfect piece for junkers to display their various junk!
yours in junking, doreen Posted: 10:54 am on December 1st
monakent writes: You go girl!!! REALLY turned out great. Loving the wash tub as a coffee table.

Something just came to mind....in the summer, you could put a plastic tub inside, to line the bottom of the wash tub (to protect the holes on the bottom) and fill the tub with ice and throw in some drinks. What a COOL beverage stand that would be, at a summer get-together!!! gailmarie Posted: 10:50 am on December 1st
itsnotjunk2me writes: Noreen, I LOVE this!!!! I have a bunch of tubs-picked up for next to nothing at a barn sale this summer. This would also work well outdoors on the deck during the warmer months. (I have the same exact base used to hold a galvanized pail and plant)...now I can reuse it for something else! Kuddos on a great marriage of junk. ~judi ;) Posted: 10:35 am on December 1st
RustyDiva writes: That worked out so perfect it's almost spooky!!! Karma man ~ that coffee table was meant to be!! A++ on the cool factor, you did good girl! Posted: 10:29 am on December 1st
oldnews writes: Oh wow, I LOVE this! I have a couple of the galvanized tubs and I never thought to do this with them!! What a GREAT idea! Very, very cool! Course I DON"T have the legs or glass, but now I have something new to go looking for...Not that any of us need an excuse to go junking! Thanks for sharing Midge, this is really cool! Marie Posted: 9:31 am on December 1st
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