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We’ve covered some cool ideas for buckets in this space, but since you might be doing some more outdoor entertaining these days, I’ve gotta share these ideas for galvanized tubs. Whether you use them to add ambiance to your yard or to keep drinks chilly for your guests, they’re sure to come in handy. Take a look…

5 Outdoor Ideas for Galvanized Metal Wash Tubs: Light Fixture

Old Galvanized Tub –> New Light Fixture
A galvanized tub light fixture has a rustic industrial charm that looks just right over an outdoor dining table. Check out Brian Patrick Flynn’s project on DIY Network to see how to make your own version at home.

5 Outdoor Ideas for Galvanized Metal Wash Tubs: Outdoor Fountain

Photo: RMS user songbirdooh

Old Galvanized Tub –> New Fountain
This galvanized tub fountain also perfectly incorporates a past Designer MacGyver material: a watering can. See more pictures from RMS user songbirdooh‘s project and learn how you can make a fountain for your yard here.

5 Outdoor Ideas for Galvanized Metal Wash Tubs: Planter

Old Galvanized Tub –> New Planter
Oh, I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again: This Designer MacGyver material makes a surprisingly good planter! Just be sure to take a cue from Emily Henderson and drill drainage holes in the bottom.

5 Outdoor Ideas for Galvanized Metal Wash Tubs: Coffee Table

Old Galvanized Tub –> New Coffee Table
A coffee table is a fun and unexpected use for a metal tub. If you use a clear plastic or glass surface to top it, as seen here, you can fill the bottom with water and float flowers or cute objects inside for an added style boost to your party.

5 Outdoor Ideas for Galvanized Metal Wash Tubs: Soda Station

Design and photography: Olivia Kanaley of A Field Journal

Old Galvanized Tub –> Soda Station
It’s hard to be the host at a party when all you want to do is relax and mingle, but this galvanized tub trick really helps. Fill it with ice and stock it with plenty of your favorite beverages before guests arrive, so they can help themselves.

Which galvanized tub idea galvanized your support? And do you have any more genius uses for metal wash tubs? Leave them in the comments below!


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77 Responses

  1. Linda says:

    Yes, bring back the shows of great design. Candace O, Curb Appeal, David B and Design On A Dime.

  2. want the oldies says:

    I also miss Designed to Sell, Gardening by the Yard, Room by Room. I want a show that gives me ideas I can use at home. I like Property Brothers and Love it or List it, but I think I have seen all of them at least three times. I also agree that hours of them is too much. I do not care about people buying three hundred thousand dollar and more homes. The average in my area is $183 000. Remember the show years ago that had Henry going out and helping homeowners fix things in their home? One of the favorite things in my home is a shower valance I learned how to make on The Fix. Loved Gardening by the Yard and Victory Garden when they actually gardened instead of looking at them.

  3. ThankGod-CountryGirl says:

    Darn! I thought this was going to be a galvanized BATH tub – a new take on an old item. I grew up in an old house with a galvanized bathtub, I'd love to have one for my country house now!

  4. Karen says:

    To each his own, but my two cents are that I love Property Brothers, Love It or List It, LIOLI Too, Income Property, and House Hunters Renovation. They are my favorite programs and I watch them all day everyday!

  5. Laketaxlady says:

    I miss the old shows also, and LIOLI has gotten really annoying.
    crafts like, example:" Galvanized tubs, new uses & ideas" could be whole shows, why aren't they?

  6. Cheryl says:

    Bring back the crafts and DYI Please!!!

  7. sandra friederichs says:

    I too have quit watching HGTV as often as I used to! Reruns or just plain disinterest. Ditto all the above, Carol Duvall, Design on a Dime etc.,etc

  8. Donna Cannon says:

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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