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Also known as water troughs and galvanized tubs, these versatile containers can be used all over your home and backyard in tons of inventive ways. We've rounded up the best DIY projects and decorating ideas you need to try this summer.

Also, check out more fun stock tank pool ideas to stay cool this summer.

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Save these creative stock tank DIY ideas for later by pinning this image, and follow Country Living on Pinterest for more.

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Bathroom Sink

Take a cue from this homeowner and upcycle a large tub to make a double sink, or use a small tank for a teeny bathroom.

See more ideas from this rustic cabin in Tennessee.

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Veggie Garden

Does a big sprawling garden sound unmanageable? Keep things contained and compact by using a galvanized feed trough as a raised gardening bed.

Get the tutorial at Blue Roof Cabin.

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Storage Side Table

Use this easy how-to to transform a tank into a wood-covered storage piece, which you can use at the foot of your bed, next to your couch, or on your porch. 

Get the tutorial at Irishman Acres.

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Hosting a barbecue, graduation party, or wedding this summer? Create an inexpensive cooler with a water trough that will keep drinks chilled all day.

See more from Day 7 Photography at Style Me Pretty.

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These bloggers used stock tanks to house their beautiful outdoor blooms. You can either feature the standard galvanized metal, or use pretty copper paint to give your tank an upgrade. 

Get the tutorial at Couture House Interiors.

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During your next bathroom renovation, infuse some rustic flair into your bathroom by asking your contractor to install one of these beauties. 

See more at Stickett Inn.

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Backyard Pool

Keep cool on a hot summer day with one of these inexpensive and easy-to-install backyard pools. 

See more at Tee Lolly Farm and get the tutorial at the Tractor Supply Company.

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Garden Pond

Make your garden even more relaxing and quaint by creating a pretty pond, which you can use to house fish and aquatic plants.

See more of this Mosaic Gardens project at Gardenista.

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After a long day, soaking in one of these galvanized soaking tubs will feel oh-so-good.

See more at Craftwork Home.

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Coffee Table

Use some leftover lumber or reclaimed wood to make a coffee table with country charm.

Get the tutorial at Remodelaholic.

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Privacy Fencing

Why build a fence when you can grow one instead? These planters will look stunning lining your property.

Get the tutorial at Manic Maker.

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Rain Barrel

Reduce your water bills by installing a barrel to collect rain water to douse your garden.

Get the tutorial at The Bicycle Garden.

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Garden Hose Storage

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Kitchen Island

Select a tub size that best suits your kitchen and then use this tutorial to fashion a countrified island.

Get the tutorial at Magazine Your Home.

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Fire Pit

Put your DIY skills to the test with this natural-gas fire pit project. 

Get the tutorial at Tractor Supply Co.

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Hot Tub

By adding a heating element, you can turn a stock tank into a hot tub. They can take a long time to get warm—and you'll want to be careful you don't burn yourself—but it's certainly a budget-friendly way to install a Jacuzzi in your backyard.

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How To Repurpose A Galvanized Stock Tank This Summer

Last summer a trend emerged as a lot of people started using galvanized stock tanks as pools and hot tubs for their back yards. While there were some strong points being made about how practical or safe these things are, the idea of repurposing these tanks into something cool for the backyard area or for the inside of the house was actually a great one that stuck so here we are now with a bunch of cool ideas for how you too can turn a galvanized stock tank into a cool new feature with minimal effort.

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The first thing that comes to mind is obviously the idea of using these metal containers as outdoor planters. There are various different shapes and sizes to choose from so pick a type based on how large or small your garden or yard is and as well as on its layout and design.

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Take two or three of these galvanized stock tanks that have rounded edges and oval shapes and display them on the porch or along your house. They’re very practical because they’re durable and resilient and they also look nice, inside and out.

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You can actually have a bunch of these steel tank planters lined up in your backyard or garden and all your greenery can be contained in these tanks. It’s a great option if you don’t actually have a green lawn or if you simply want to be able to rearrange and redesign your outdoor spaces quite often.

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Or how about repurposing a circular steel tank into a coffee table for your living room or even for the patio? You can turn it upside down, install casters or wheels on its rim and then top it with a piece of wood, marble or some other material that you think is suited for this.

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Another cool and interesting possibility is to use a galvanized tank as a sink for the bathroom. Such a feature would give the room a rustic-industrial look and the idea is actually quite easy to implement. Consider this option if you’re planning a remodel for a rustic cabin for instance.

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Let’s get back outdoors because that’s where these tanks are most useful and versatile. Let’s see what else you can turn them into, besides planters. Well, you could make a steel tank water feature for your garden. It would be pretty simple and also very affordable.

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There’s another funky and also ingenious idea that you might like to try this summer: a galvanized steel sheet used as an enclosure for an exterior shower. You’d have to find a pretty huge tank for that but you can also a culvert pipe if you can find out huge enough.

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Of course, let’s not forget about the thing that started this whole trend: the stock tank pool. If you want you can even make a hot tub in a similar manner. Sure, there are some details to consider first but any possible disadvantage is greatly surpassed by the fact that this is a super cheap project so even if you’re only using the pool for a month or two this summer and then throw it away, it’s still worth it.

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Speaking of stock tank tubs, what if you were to have one of these things placed inside your bathroom? You’d need to find the right type of tank first and then a few modifications are in place. You can leave the tank as it is or you can paint it to give it a nice, shiny white finish or a black exterior. You can find out more about this trend from purewow.

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There’s also this other awesome idea that we found on thebikegarden which suggests using a galvanized tank as a rain barrel. It’s a great idea because you can collect rainwater and then use it for irrigation. Also, you can connect several if you think one isn’t enough.

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Believe it or not, you can also make good use of a galvanized steel tank at a wedding or a party. Take the tank outside and fill it with ice and use it as a cooler for drinks and other things. You can decorate it or you can leave as it is and highlights its ruggedness in a cool way.

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Stock Tank Style: Galvanized Tubs and Troughs Find a Home Indoors

Galvanized-metal farm troughs turn up around the house as furniture, storage bins, sinks and tubs for people and pets

Victoria Villeneuve
Victoria VilleneuveMarch 9, 2018
Houzz contributor. Remodeling veteran, copy editor and reporter who enjoys writing about home and garden, especially when they intersect with travel, history, health, literature or the arts. Previously at Sunset magazine and the San Jose Mercury News
Livestock water and feed troughs have gravitated from farms to city roofs. Now galvanized-metal stock tanks — and the zinc-plated material in general — are crossing the threshold to bring down-home style to interiors in a variety of uses. Look for the tanks at agricultural supply stores.

Related: Stock Tank Style: The Garden and Patio Edition
Shower. An exposed brick wall, a reclaimed heart pine floor and a custom vanity of birch plywood and reclaimed chestnut make rustic companions for a stock-tank shower.

The 4-foot-wide tank sits on a sloped mortar bed and has a 4-inch hole in the bottom. Water drains through a Schluter Systems Ditra-Drain, a passive capillary bonded drainage system for tile and natural-stone coverings. The shower rod follows the curve of the tank.

Stock tank: Behlen Country
Bathtub. The extensive use of reclaimed and salvaged materials in this Rocky Mountain cabin remodel includes a stock tank repurposed as a soaking tub with a custom wood backrest.

Galvanized metal also shows up in the surround for the tub-shower combo.

See 7 scene-stealing metal bathtubs
Bathroom sink. A whole-hog makeover of a bathroom in a 1940s Texas bungalow carries a cowgirl theme that steers clear of kitsch. The sink is a galvanized-metal bucket purchased at a local feed store for $9. Preparation for its new use involved hammering the bottom into a gentle slope to ensure that water wouldn’t pool and cutting a hole for a standard drain and pipe.

The wood countertop, made from an old coffee table, needed sanding to allow for the sink’s slope. Sealing around the base of the sink inside and out keeps it in place and prevents leaks.

The faucet and soap dispenser get a lift from a custom box that curves around the sink. Tooled leather-look vinyl under the faucet withstands the wet environment. Alternatively, you could use a wall-mounted faucet.

The original cabinets got a light distressing and bucket pulls to echo the sink’s finish. The custom toilet seat is made of hand-tooled leather embellished with nailheads for more Western flair.
Towel wrangler. Another galvanized-metal container corrals guest towels in the same bathroom.

Just visible on the wall above, an old farmhouse window is repurposed as wall art, with tooled-leather matting and vintage cowgirl pictures behind each pane.
Houseplant stand or cachepot. In this mountain retreat, a galvanized-metal container in a corner by the bathtub raises a houseplant closer to the window. Turn the container over and it works to catch drips from and conceal a less decorative plant pot with drainage holes.

Ashen Tan wall paint: Benjamin Moore
Photo by VJ Arizpe

Utility sink. A galvanized-metal bucket fitted with a drain forms the sink in this laundry room. The counters — galvanized sheet metal over plywood — pick up the look.

Carmella pull-down faucet: Luxart
Dog-washing station. A stock tank resting on an open shelf above cabinets makes a handy dog-washing station. Displayed front and center, it reflects the farm-like vibe and utility of the home’s shed roof and cost-effective materials.

Stock tank: Hutchinson; see more metal tubs
Photo by Matt McCorteney

This stock tank, fitted with a round shower drain, is more subtly recessed in a custom cypress stand. A flip-down step allows dogs to hop in the wash basin for their baths. Cabinets hold their food and supplies.

The tank’s galvanized metal repeats on the cabinet doors, which were mildly acid-washed for a nice patina. The concrete countertop and floor stand up to dogs’ toenails.

Backsplash tile: Heath Ceramics; wall finish: Loma, American Clay; custom cabinetry: Josh Wynne Construction
Photo by Steve Keating

Coffee table. This rolling coffee table by Jennifer Randall & Associates Design pairs a Verde Fuoco granite top and a stock-tank base. The new house, on a ridge overlooking Washington’s Methow Valley, uses many recycled and sustainable materials and products.

Or simply flip a stock tank upside down and, ta-da, you have a table that works nicely on a country porch.
Photo from Finney Excavation

Bench. Mike Finney of Finney Excavation turns stock tanks into custom benches with a cedar backrest and seat. The cedar armrests lift to access storage underneath.
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DIY Galvanized Tub Sink

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I think my husband may secretly wish Pinterest was never invented…

Over the course of our extreme farmhouse remodel process, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve said, “Oh! You won’t believe the idea I just found on Pinterest.” And then I usually receive “the look” from him which is best described as a raised eyebrow with a little bit of eye roll thrown in. 😉

What can I say? There’s nothing I love more than fresh inspiration and big ideas and sometimes I go a little crazy with my pinning and planning. Thankfully, his practicality usually keeps me somewhat grounded. Ahem.

On the flip side, he’s pretty darn talented when it comes to building and creating, and I feel quite spoiled in how he’s been able to bring many of my more realistic Pinterest dreams to fruition.

Take those gorgeous laundry room tub sinks, for example.

They’re all over Pinterest, and in my house dreaming, I was bound and determined there would be one in my remodeled laundry room.

It took us a while to figure out the layout and logistics, and I’m pretty sure our plumber thought we were weird, but it was totally worth it.

diy wash tub sink for laundry room

I’m in love.

Here’s how we did it.

DIY Galvanized Tub Sink

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The Tub:

There are many options when it comes to the tub/sink basin itself. My original idea was to use an antique wash tub with legs (like this one), but I ran into some problems with that:

  • I had an extremely hard time finding laundry tubs on a stand that were meant to be used as a sink. Many of the reproductions out there are for decorative purposes only, or are meant to be planters– they are not watertight.
  • The legitimate antiques I found were too fragile for regular use and they leaked.
  • I needed a single tub (due to the space in our laundry room), not a double. The only place I could find selling single, watertight reproduction tubs was completely sold out.

So I had to readjust my sails and come up with a different plan. I scoured our local antique stores for an old tub, but struck out repeatedly, as anything I found was either the wrong size or had rusty holes in the bottom. So we finally settled on a $24 galvanized tub from our local farm store. Not necessarily my first choice, but now that it’s in, it’s perfect.


The galvanized tub we chose is 22″ in diameter and I don’t have to worry about leaks since it’s new. We also chose to set it on top of the counter, instead of setting it inside. I love the exposed look and wanted people to be able to see the whole tub.

We drilled a hole in the middle of the bottom of the tub, purchased a drain for it, and opted for chrome pipe underneath, instead of PVC, since the plumbing is exposed.

Would I have this as my main sink? Probably not. Because it’s not designed to be a sink, the bottom doesn’t taper, so it doesn’t drain perfectly. However, it’s perfect for washing veggies from the garden, milk jars, or fresh eggs. And it’s so preeeetttty.

The Stand:

I’ve seen some lovely antique tables-tuned-wash-stands on Pinterest, and that was what I originally wanted. However, we needed a very specific dimension to fit between our washer/dryer, and I couldn’t find any antique table or cabinet that’d fit there. (Not to mention I had a bit of heartburn about cutting a big hole in the top of an antique.)

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Instead, Prairie Husband built a custom stand with some leftover rough cut cedar we had hanging around.

For the counter tops on the washer/dryer cubbies and the counter top under the sink, we lined 3/4″ sheets of plywood with copper sheeting. I adore copper, but I wasn’t brave enough to put in on my kitchen countertops (I’m too rough on stuff when I cook…). Therefore, putting it in the laundry room was a nice compromise.

diy copper sheeting countertop

I love living finishes that age and mature over time. *swoon*

The Faucet:

I definitely wanted a vintage-y faucet to match the feel of the rest of the room, so I splurged on this vintage-look faucet from Amazon. The sprayer was especially important to me, as I wanted to have flexibility if I was washing something awkward (like a small dog…) or needed to rinse out the bottom of the tub after washing a bunch of muddy carrots, or something like that.

vintage clawfoot tub sprayer faucet


The Rest of the Room:

The laundry room might be utilitarian, but I still wanted it to be pretty in a rustic sort of way. I don’t really care for knick-knacks and prefer that my “decor” be functional items stored in beautiful ways. The open shelving we chose works perfectly for that. I am SO HAPPY I finally have a dedicated spot for my milk bucket and jars.

open shelving in laundry room

The white plank shiplap (custom built by the Prairie Husband, of course) and salvaged corrugated steel panels add to the rustic feel of the room.

diy shiplap in laundry room

salvaged galvanized steel panels

This is an old headboard I nabbed at a garage sale for $1. I dressed it up with a bit of chippy white paint, galvanized steel panels, and vintage knobs to give it a second life as a message center.

repurposed headboard into message center

We ordered this elegantly simple 15-pane window door from our local building store and stained it to match the doors and trim in the rest of the house (stain isJacobean by Minwax).

glass pane door

This room will take a lot of abuse from muddy Prairie Children, so we went with wood-look tile instead of real hardwood.

farmhouse laundry room

I found this crazy cow head on and it instantly caught my eye. It’s kinda quirky and off-beat, which is exactly why I love it. I think I might put some greenery around it, or maybe an old chipped-paint frame. I named her Wilma.

faux cow head heifer head

All in all, I’m head-over-heels in love with this room. Believe it or not, it actually used to be our dining room– complete with no windows, a very short, uneven ceiling, and barely enough room to have 4 people sit around the table. It’s a much better laundry room, I think. I still hate doing laundry, but at least I have Wilma to keep me company while I’m in there.

The rest of our house tour will be coming soon– stay tuned!

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