Repurposed Galvanized Side Table



I have been wanting to replace the side table in our family room for a while now.   It was slowly starting to warp and the planks were separating, so it was time for a change.  I kept looking through catalogs and seeing what was out there.  Frankly, I was kind of bored.  Everything that I liked wouldn’t have worked in the room and everything else seemed like it was just the “same”.

So, about a week ago I decided to go to one of my favorite vintage haunts and see if anything called my name.  I think it has long been established that I love anything galvanized.  In fact, I have decide that galvanized is my favorite color.  So, it was instant love when I saw this large barrel that is actually a vintage honey extractor.

To me, it instantly said – repurposed galvanized side table.



When I first brought it home, I set it next to the existing table just to see how much I actually liked it in the room.   The numbers are so yummy and the label is just perfect.  Although it is an unusual choice, I really did like the texture and color in this room.




Originally, I thought I might just add a wood top, but I was unsure.  I went out to our garage and found a metal side table that I have had for years and I actually have tried to sell four times.  The top was great, but the base was kind of awkward.  With a quick removal of three bolts, I brought the top inside to see if it works.  I really like the black on top, I think it grounds the piece in a way that was needed.  I might change my mind and do a wood top in the future, but for now, I love it.  At least now I can be glad I never sold it.




I went out on a few different occasions while running errands to see if I could find a lamp I liked because the one that was there really did not work.  I kept looking for one “just like” the one in our guest bedroom.  In the end, I ended up switching the two lamps and the green lamp that was in here looks perfect in the bedroom.

I brought in a few accessories including a sweater textured candle to warm up these cold and dreary days.  When the days are so much shorter, I find myself lighting candles and turning on lamps more often.




I changed out the light bulb for a Cree soft while LED bulb.   I love that I can run a lamp most of the day and know it will last longer and use less energy than a regular bulb.  And if you are a “dimmer” of all your lights like I am, the Cree bulbs are totally dimmable.




Oh, and one more little side note from a girl who has broken more than her fair share of light bulbs, they are made with a safety coated glass for shatter resistance.  You can find Cree bulbs are The Home Depot.




I love our new little side table.  And, the best part is I found a second large galvanized bucket that I am scheming what to do with next.

Thanks so much for reading!


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23 thoughts on “Repurposed Galvanized Side Table”


  1. Laura, I am pretty sure that my current love affair with all things galvanized metal came from you! Thanks, I think? 🙂 Love the side table, it’s perfect in that spot, and kind of reminds me of your maple syrup? Is that weird?

  2. This is absolutely adorable and I love
    It! Btw – i have saved about $40 a month on my electricity bill by switching most bulbs in the house to LEDs.

  3. That is just perfect. I love it when a project comes together this well with stuff from around the house added to a new perfect find!

  4. The table, the lamp and the accessories all look great. First I’ve heard of the Cree bulbs and I will be buying them.

  5. Your new galvanized table is perfect. I, too am loving everything galvanized. I found a large galvanized kitchen clock at KMart of all places! Thanks for the tip on Cree bulbs. Oh, our Michales has galvanized chargers!!!

  6. Oh My Gosh, I LOVE that table! What a great find — and one that I’m pretty sure I would never come across here in San Diego! Your story is very inspiring – thanks for sharing on your blog!

  7. I absolutely love that table. Once the weather warms up in this part of the country I am going to go hunting for some treasures. I love that it is unique. You can’t buy that in a store !

  8. Laura, Love this project. If you ever see another extractor, like all the other bloggers, put my name in the hat! I will look for something close in the meantime. Thanks for sharing with us! 🙂