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Now see how Melissa built this outdoor coffee table for her patio!
Metal Bucket Outdoor Coffee Table
by Melissa of A Place To Nest
Hi, I’m Melissa from A Place to Nest. I juggle a busy nest filled with a five year old son, a busy Hubby, a full time job, all while updating our builder grade home. I love wood tones, white frames, and if I could paint everything with chalkboard paint I probably would.
I was thrilled when I was contacted by Remodelaholic to show off my bucket outdoor coffee table. It all started with our patio table set breaking to pieces from the strong winds by my house. Enter a large bucket I use for my Christmas tree and my imagination. The rest, as they say, is patio history.
Here is a close up of the bucket I had on hand (bucket size 3 feet at the widest part). I decided for walking space to put it right side up and drill a few holes in the bottom for any possible water drainage.
Remodelaholic note: We’ve had lots of questions asking where you can find a similar bucket to make this awesome table! We found one that’s just a little smaller than Melissa’s on Amazon (affiliate link) here. We’ve also had fans tell us that their local farm or tractor supply store stocks large washtubs and metal bins like this. If you’ve built this, we’d love to see pictures and know where you found your bucket!
Next came some planning and decisions about lumber and how to attach to the bucket. I decided to buy some 1/4 inch plywood to use as the base to attach the 2×6 boards to. I wanted this table to withstand drinks, kids, and most of all resting feet on top of it so a base was key.
I drew a circle and cut the plywood into a circle. The next step was my favorite to get all negative energy out… the beating of the 2×6 boards to give it some character. After that mood-altering step I then glued the 2×6’s to the circle and let dry overnight. I followed the same technique by using the plywood as my template and cut the 2×6 boards to match the circle.
I already had stain on hand that I used on my wood wall art and on my chunky bathroom shelves so I stained it up and watched the character come out. Finish with a coat of poly and my table top was done.
I attached it to the base using liquid nails and then finished with some clear, outdoor caulk to keep the water out.
Let’s get to the final product since that is what really matters. Cocktails anyone?
Bucket- Free (thank you Christmas)
Stain- Free (from other projects)
Glue- Free (had on hand)
Caulk- Free (had on hand)
One 1/4 inch plywood- $20 (we bought bigger for an oops piece just in case)
2×6 untreated lumber- $30 (my son is using the left over scraps for building Lego worlds)
Total cost: $60
The coffee table ends up being the perfect height with our chairs (luck was on my side) and we have enjoyed the deck so much more already and summer has just started.
Anyone want to come chill out with me?
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