DIY Home + Garden How To: Upcycle an Old Drum into a Side Table

Published on August 2nd, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell

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How To: Upcycle an Old Drum into a Side Table

How To: Upcycle an Old Drum into a Side Table

As I mentioned last week, my roommate – Crystal – is a musician. Specifically, though, her main instrument is drums. We decided to showcase our love for music right in our living room by upcycling old drums into side tables!

What You Will Need:

1. Drums. We used a floor tom (the bottom drum in the picture above) and a high tom (the drum on top). The floor tom is actually from a garage sale and the high tom is from Crystal’s old drum set.

2. A round piece of wood or class (optional)

How To Do It:

Option 1: For the arrangement below, we simply stacked a high tom on top of a floor tom.

How To: Upcycle an Old Drum into a Side Table

Option 2: If you find a floor tom with legs (like the one pictured below) you can simply use the floor tom as the side table. I love this look because you can adjust the height according to your chair/couch height.

How To: Upcycle an Old Drum into a Side Table

How To: Upcycle an Old Drum into a Side Table

Right now, the drums are only for show until we can get a round piece of wood or glass to cover the top. I would suggest adding these if you plan to put items on top of your drums. The plastic piece on top (called the “heads” of the drum) are pretty strong, but they seem kind of shaky to me.

Option 3: Make a coffee table out of your drum like Kara Paslay Designs did. She even added a really cool light underneath!

Option 4: Add your own legs to the bottom of a bass drum (the largest drum) to create a cool coffee table or side table like this one from Better Homes and Gardens.

I feel like our drum tables add so much spunk and fun to our living room! Would you use an old drum as a side table or coffee table? What room would you use them in? Share your ideas in the comment section below or on our Facebook page!


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Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer! If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



2 Responses to How To: Upcycle an Old Drum into a Side Table

  1. Beautiful idea! Now I am hoping to find a drum set at the curb soon, will keep my eyes open :)
    I like the idea with the lights inside.

    Thanks for sharing, this goes into my pinterest folder!

    Franziska San Pedro
    @Flavor Designs

  2. Pingback: Upcycling Your Musical Instruments

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