Livestock Water Trough Turned Coffee Table


We all want furniture that is unique to our style and taste; and when living on a farm, what better way to incorporate "farmstyle living" then by turning an old water trough into a functional storage piece that is pretty and practical.
livestock water trough turned coffee table, home maintenance repairs, painted furniture, ponds water features
To start out we drilled 4 holes in the bottom of the trough so we could attach the feet, which would give us a little added height.
livestock water trough turned coffee table, home maintenance repairs, painted furniture, ponds water features
Here you can see an example of that, although I slacked big time on taking pictures at the beginning of this process so this is not the actal trough.
livestock water trough turned coffee table, home maintenance repairs, painted furniture, ponds water features
Once you have the holes drilled you can easily slip the screw end of the feet through and bolt them tight. These can be purchased at Lowe's.
livestock water trough turned coffee table, home maintenance repairs, painted furniture, ponds water features
Once the feet were attached, my woodworker made a top that sat flush with the edges of the trough with a little overhang in the front so you can easily lift the lid.
livestock water trough turned coffee table, home maintenance repairs, painted furniture, ponds water features
He then cut pieces to fit the curves of the trough so we could attach the hinges.
livestock water trough turned coffee table, home maintenance repairs, painted furniture, ponds water features
Once that was done, the trough was pretty top heavy when the lid was open so we cut another piece to fit in the bottom for added weight and support. All the wood accents are stained in Minwax Provincial.

I then drilled two holes on each side for rope handles.
livestock water trough turned coffee table, home maintenance repairs, painted furniture, ponds water features
After the stain had dried, I sealed the entire piece with polyurethane.
livestock water trough turned coffee table, home maintenance repairs, painted furniture, ponds water features
To finish off the farmhouse look and add a little charm, I drilled two holes on each side of the trough for rope handles.
livestock water trough turned coffee table, home maintenance repairs, painted furniture, ponds water features
After doing this piece for a client, I'm thinking I'm going to be building another one for myself. There is simply nothing better then pretty and practical!
livestock water trough turned coffee table, home maintenance repairs, painted furniture, ponds water features

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3 of 19 questions
  • RaeAnn
    on Dec 13, 2017

    What kind of wood did u use for lid?

  • Km42608654
    on Dec 18, 2017

    What kind of screws did you use for the hinge? And what do you do if they poke through on the inside?

    • Web15465597
      on Dec 23, 2018

      The hinges were attached to the body of the trough using nuts and bolts. You can see the nuts on the inside in the picture showing the lid open.

  • Sydney
    on Jul 30, 2018

    whay size trough did you use?

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  • Martin Finn
    on Dec 4, 2018

    Great for use as a toy chest.

  • Johnetta Maddox
    on Jan 2, 2019

    This would also make an awesome peice for the porch to hide/protect shoes at the front door and provide seating. The options are nearly endless!! LOVE!!

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