Who can do without a washing machine these days? It’s only when it breaks down or gets too old for repair that you realize what a great comfort it is to have one working for you. When your washing machine certainly takes that last breath, it’s time you rethink your strategy. What are you going to do with it? Getting rid of it is one thing, but trading parts of it for cash or repurposing other parts for decor is a whole different game. In case you were wondering which direction you want to take your old washing machine to, here are suggestions on what to do with this unsung hero appliance.

Repurpose your washing machine drum into many useful things.

Washing machine drums are a great resource you can repurpose and give it a new life. If you have the DIY spirit alive in you, transform the washing drums into beautiful pieces of home decor. Your machine can be anything from a stool to a television stand. 

Fire pit

The washing machine drum is made of stainless steel, and so, it can withstand high temperatures. It is easy to set up provided you have other supporting materials such as a fire-resistant base. You can carry it for those camping trips or fix it up for those pleasant but cold winter evenings. The holes within the drums get the air circulating so the fire keeps going until you decide it’s time. You can even add some DIY magic to convert your new fire pit into a new BBQ stand or a patio heater in no time.


Washing machine drums are relatively large. So if you gave it a paint job, add a glass piece on top and you have an immediate drum table. Keep it in your living room, use it as a coffee table or a nightstand, salvage this stainless piece of your old washing machine in no time. If you pile several drums on top of each other, you can have your very own drum storage space. Throw a pillow on the base, make an opening in the drum table and you have a comfy dog den for your small sized furry friend. You can even use your old washing tub as storage for your garden hose.


Use the washing machine drum for your indoor or outdoor garden. This is a great way to repurpose which was otherwise considered as trash. All you need to do is repaint the surface on the outside of the drum and set it up with fertile soil and a large plant. It’s now that easy to give your plants some much-needed extra space to grow and thrive.

Stylish decor

For comfortable sitting stools, choose the color, pattern, and texture of your preference and use the drum as your base. You can even use the drum as a base for your lamp, as a lamp stand. If you build in t into the drum and hang it, your old washing machine is now a hanging drum light. The holes on the surface trickle the light into your room.

Reuse these pieces from your old washing machine:

Use the glass door as a big serving platter.

Repair the motor for another appliance.

Create DIY magnets to build a generator.

Utilize the metal case as a spare compartment for other projects.

Reuse and collect the small nuts, bolts, and clips.

As you can see your old washing machine has many parts that can be recycled. Remember to bring the steel case for your washing machine into your nearest scrap yard. Remember to disassemble your washing machine to get the most value for individual components. Also note that the drum, assorted plugs and small pieces like screws, nuts, and bolts can be reused, repurposed or recycled.

If your old washing machine is still working but you don’t need it anymore then offer it to your local church or charities. You can even donate it to a local thrift store. Get creative and remember that there is plenty you can do with your old washing machine.