How to Upcycle an Old Wood Drum Into an End Table

11 Materials
4 Hours

We have had a small drum in Steph's garage for quite some time. We bought it at a thrift store a while back for $5. It never made it to the top of the to-do list for use in a project until now! Read on to see how we transformed this old drum into a fun end table/lamp!

Take a look at the video for step-by-step instructions or read on.

We decided this small "tom" drum would be perfect to upcycle into a small table/lamp.

We started by taking the drum entirely apart-- the heads, rings, screws and even the plastic covering the drum itself!

If you've ever wondered, this is what a drum looks like! There's really nice wood underneath that plastic coating.

The outside was finished with a clear coating.

The legs were made of large and small wood dowels. Everything was glued and clamped into place and allowed to dry. After it was dry we painted with white chalk paint.

From a scrap piece of wood, we created a place for the cord set to be installed. We glued and brad nailed the board onto the top of the stand.

Prior to reassembling the drum, we cleaned all the chrome with wadded up aluminum foil and WD-40. The top is prior to cleaning, the bottom one has been cleaned with the foil/WD-40 method.

The drum was secured to the stand and all the parts were added back.

We used a WiZ smart light. This bulb works via an app on your phone and, unlike many other smart bulbs, it does not need a hub or other hardware to operate.

All finished and in place!

For extra durability, we added a glass round to the top. Those things that look like little bubbles are actually dents in the used drum head. That was a fun surprise!

Set up the light in the app and you're ready to remotely control the bulb!

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