Repurposing Junk to make an Outdoor Side Table

This tutorial was written by Charlie Miller, a freelance blogger based in Vancouver, Canada.


– old 5 gallon paint tub  – old garden hose  – a random piece of wood – a collection of half full spray paint cans and glue leftover from other projects.

Step 1: Cleaning My Junk

The first thing I did was clean off the outside of my giant paint tub.

Step 2: Junk upon Junk

I decided to wrap my broken hose around the paint tub and glue it in place. I used some leftover gorilla glue – it was messy, but it worked!

If you were doing something similar and you wanted to disguise the fact that the base is a paint tub you could add more decoration like a thick rope for the part not covered by the hose.

Step 3: Using up Spray Paint

I decided to use up some black waterproof spray paint that was kicking around my house before it too went out of date. I used it to spray the hose covered paint tub black.

Step 4: Creating the Table Top

Next, I placed my old wood slab on top of it along with a random left over square tile from a bathroom renovation – just to give it a solid base.

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