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DIY Coffee Table Made With a Washing Machine Drum

4 Materials
3 Hours

A couple of years ago a friend kindly gifted me an old washing machine drum which she had removed from an unrepairable washing machine. The washing machine drum moved house with us whilst I contemplated what to upcycle it into. My husband kindly transformed it into a coffee table, using wood we had to hand.

To make you own washing machine drum coffee table measure the diameter of the drum and add at least a couple of inches. Divide in half to establish the radius - tie a pen to one end of a piece of wire and wrap the other end around a nail to draw a circle the size required for the table top.


Drill a hole just to the outer edge of the circle. This enables you to place a jigsaw through the wood and cut out your table top.


Add any supports required to the underside of the table top. As our top is made from a former shed side the planks are prone to separating.


Measure the desired height ff the finished table. Cut three lengths of wood to size to form your table legs ( you can read my precise measurements here).


Using nuts and bolts secure the legs to the washing machine drum.


Our legs stand proud of the top of the washing machine drum


Place you lid on top and screw the top to the legs to secure.


Give the wood a quick sand. Paint or stain the wood to protect it, I have used two tester pots from Cuprinol in a charcoal color. The completed coffee table is exactly the right height for my husbands garden rocking chair.

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 22 questions
  • Deborah Hatch
    on Aug 20, 2019

    What is the point of using the washing machine barrel? Maybe if you put it in a fish pond to hold live plants that allow the water to travel through the holes yet keeps the plant in check from spreading growth of the plant. That would be a good use of the the "Holy Silver Pot".

  • Shirley
    on Aug 20, 2019

    The wood makes the table, why use the metal piece?

    • Peggy Moore
      on Aug 23, 2019

      The interesting look of the silver with holes makes the tub the desirable main element of the table. She chose the dark paint to contrast.

  • Allene
    on Aug 22, 2019

    What about lights inside the drum? Like a big strand of white lights from x-mas? Or the icicles from the outside of the house that your no longer using on the house?

    • Val
      on Aug 26, 2019

      Looking at it, I think twinkle lights would be great. Turn off the room lights and just relax.

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  • Betsy Anderson
    on Aug 26, 2019

    It would be nice if the table part swung open or something, so you can use the barrel as extra storage

  • Lois McCoy
    on Aug 28, 2019

    Need to put a light inside, but the table is very nice

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