Five Gallon Bucket Patio Table

I wanted a little side table for our front deck but as usual did not want to spend any money. What to do? Look around all our STUFF and figure something out using a five gallon bucket, paint and Dollar Store glass marbles
We removed the handle and spray painted the bucket blue, then used a nail gun to attach scraps of pallet boards left over from the pallet planters we made/are making.
I painted the boards blue then added a glass microwave plate that was the perfect 15" diameter. Hmmm, this project needs some BLING!
I crashed my stash for Dollar Store glass gems and a tube of silicone caulking.
Heeeey! This turned out nice and blingy! And it was FREE, baby!
Perfect for that spot between two chairs when we visit or just sit in the sun or enjoy the day. Still not sure if the glam style of the top goes with that rustic base but I've got a few other ideas I'm going to try. For now I'm calling this a win win!
PLUS, everything about this little table is waterproof. The glass gems, the microwave plate, the silicone sealer, the bucket and the recycled pallet boards, totally weatherproof. So I don't have to worry about bringing this table inside because of bad weather or the changing seasons. Really a WIN WIN!
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  • Missy McClellan Asche
    Missy McClellan Asche
    on Feb 17, 2018

    Did you "fill" the microwave plate with a film of silicone and lay the stones in. Did you cover the stones with additional silicone to seal them in?
    • Tonyia
      on Jan 12, 2019

      Leave the top off the bucket and use for storage, love this idea

  • Maureen Barringer
    Maureen Barringer
    on Feb 18, 2018

    did you lay the stones first & then the silicone after ????
    • Ann
      on Feb 18, 2018

      I put a "puddle" of the silicone on the plate first about 2" across then smooshed each glass marble into the silicone, giving it a twist to seat it. Since the marbles are about the same thickness the surface of the plate is pretty even. I didn't put anything over the top of the marbles.
  • Michelle Reesey
    Michelle Reesey
    on Feb 19, 2018

    I love this, but one question, how do you keep the glass top from falling off and breaking?
    • Audrie Sumner
      Audrie Sumner
      on Apr 10, 2018

      Also you could add a disc of wood to bottom of lid the prevent sliding off. Use construction adhesive to attach.

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  • Nina Schultz Nicely
    Nina Schultz Nicely
    on Mar 24, 2018

    I like your idea- am thinking to cut the wood a bit shorter so bucket lid can be exposed. Then Keep bucket upright for storage. Out side of lid can be wrapped with natural color twine/rope, and this rope can also be pressed between the wood slats to hide the bucket. Would also fill the top of the plate with resin, so it would be smooth. Place between chairs at fire pit, use bucket to hold telescoping pit skewers, matches, Pot holders etc... for grill night-

  • Cinlu
    on Oct 28, 2018

    The many ways to build on your simple bucket project are spurring a lot of us to look more at the recycling part of being crafty.

    Really love the way you mixed it up.

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