16 Genius Ways to Use Stock Tanks in Your Home and Backyard

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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.

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<p>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.</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">See more ideas from <a href="http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/house-tours/g2545/leipers-fork-tennessee-cabin/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">this rustic cabin in Tennessee</a>.</strong></p>
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.

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<p>Does a big sprawling garden sound unmanageable? Keep things contained and compact by using a galvanized feed trough as a raised gardening bed.</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Get the tutorial at <a href="http://www.blueroofcabin.com/2014/06/a-managable-veggie-garden.html" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Blue Roof Cabin</a><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">.</span></strong></p>
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.

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<p>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.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Get the tutorial at&nbsp;<a href="http://irishmanacres.blogspot.com/2015/10/our-recycled-water-trough-update-and.html" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Irishman Acres</a></strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">.</strong></span></p>
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. 

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<p>Hosting a barbecue, graduation party, or wedding this summer? Create an inexpensive cooler with a water trough that will keep drinks chilled all day.</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">See more from <a href="Day 7 Photography" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Day 7 Photography</a> at <a href="http://www.stylemepretty.com/2013/10/14/rustic-wedding-reception-at-pecan-grove-from-day-7-photography/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Style Me Pretty</a></strong>.</p>
Cooler

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

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<p>These bloggers used stock tanks to house their beautiful outdoor blooms. You can either feature the standard galvanized metal, or use pretty <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-1937830-Metallic-Copper-11-Ounce/dp/B000I1AXVW" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">copper paint</a> to give your tank an upgrade.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Get the tutorial at&nbsp;<a href="http://couturehouseinteriors.com/diy-faux-copper-planters/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Couture House Interiors</a></strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">.</strong></span></p>
Planters

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

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<p>During your next bathroom renovation, infuse some rustic flair into your bathroom by asking your contractor to install one of these beauties.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">See more at <a href="https://clients.innroad.com/stickettinn/property.aspx" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Stickett Inn</a><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">.</span></strong></p>
Shower

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

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<p>Keep cool on a hot summer day with one of these inexpensive and easy-to-install backyard pools.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">See more at <a href="https://www.instagram.com/teelollyfarm/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Tee Lolly Farm</a>&nbsp;and get the tutorial at the <a href="https://www.tractorsupply.com/out-here_articles_recreation_stock-tank-pools-make-life-out-here-a-whole-lot-cooler" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Tractor Supply Company</a></strong>.</p>
Backyard Pool

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

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<p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">Make your garden even more relaxing and quaint by creating a pretty&nbsp;pond, which you can use to house fish and aquatic plants.</span></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">See more of this <a href="http://www.mosaic-gardens.com/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Mosaic Gardens</a> project at <a href="https://www.gardenista.com/posts/a-garden-transformed-in-eugene-or/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Gardenista</a></strong>.</p>
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.

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<p>After a long day, soaking in one of these galvanized soaking tubs will feel oh-so-good.</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">See more at <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/jaymes-row-house-rehabhouse-call-179544?img_idx=4" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Apartment Therapy</a>.</strong> </p>
Bathtub

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

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<p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">Use some leftover lumber or reclaimed wood to make a coffee table with&nbsp;country charm.</span></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Get the tutorial at <a href="http://www.remodelaholic.com/outdoor-coffee-table-for-patio/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Remodelaholic</a></strong>. </p>
Coffee Table

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

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<p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">Why build a fence when you can grow one instead? These planters will look stunning lining your property.</span></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Get the tutorial at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.manicmaker.com/2013/09/feed-trough-planters.html" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Manic Maker</a></strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">.</strong></span></p>
Privacy Fencing

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

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<p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">Reduce your water bills by installing a barrel to collect rain water to douse&nbsp;your garden.</span></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Get the tutorial at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thebikegarden.com/2012/05/setting-up-galvanized-stock-tank-as.html" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">The Bicycle Garden</a></strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"><a href="http://www.thebikegarden.com/2012/05/setting-up-galvanized-stock-tank-as.html"></a>.</strong></span></p>
Rain Barrel

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

Get the tutorial at .

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<p>Tidy up your backyard with this clever storage solution.&nbsp;</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">See more at&nbsp;<a href="http://redfarmhouse.blogspot.com/2012/06/farmhouse-hose-holder.html" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Life in a Little Red Farmhouse</a></strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">.</strong></span></p>
Garden Hose Storage

Tidy up your backyard with this clever storage solution. 

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<p>Select a tub size that best suits your kitchen and then use this tutorial to fashion a&nbsp;countrified island.</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Get the tutorial at <a href="http://magazineyourhome.blogspot.com/2015/01/from-wash-tub-to-kitchen-island.html" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Magazine Your Home</a></strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">.</strong></span></p>
Kitchen Island

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

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<p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">Put your DIY skills to the test with this natural-gas fire pit project.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Get the tutorial at&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://www.tractorsupply.com/out-here_articles_farm-equipment_stock-tank-fire-pit" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Tractor Supply Co.</strong></a></p>
Fire Pit

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

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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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