Upcycled Rusty Turkey Fryer



Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table before and after-

I have a great upcycle for you.  Today the rusty legs to this old turkey fryer are getting a major overhaul.

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

My sister and I found this old  turkey fryer at a flea market a few weeks ago.  We didn’t even know this community wide yard sale was taking place or we wouldn’t have arrived at noon, long after all the good stuff had gone. At least we assumed there was good stuff. We hadn’t bought anything until we stumbled upon these rusty  turkey fryer legs.

When we asked the price we both could have sworn the guy said $50 (he probably said $15), but he quickly lowered the price to $10 when he saw the shocked looks on our faces.   Uhhhh, would you take $5?  Sold!

 

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

The bottom part of the fryer was held on by only 6 welding points.  If I got rid of those, I’d have the base for a great table.

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

I was just able to fit the grinder in to cut the welds.

Did I mention that it’s hard to take a picture while sparks are flying?

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

The same grinder that I used to cut the welds was also used to clean up all the rust, this time with a sanding disc.

That rust was hiding a lot of nice looking metal. I thought about keeping the raw metal but ended up spray painting the legs black.

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

From the hardware store, I picked up a 24″  round table top and stained with a walnut stain.

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

For the tabletop I wanted to get rid of that brand new pine look and go with a layered chalk paint finish.   First layer teal, followed  royal blue.

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

For the bottom shelf I’m using a piece of wood from a tabletop I dismantled.

I got the perfect size circle tracing around an old V8 hupcap…. Anybody have any ideas of what to do with a cool old hubcap?

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

The smaller circle was cut out, sanded and given the same treatment as the larger table top.

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

Final coat, a layer of mossy green.

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

Time to attack the tabletop with a sander.  You’re looking to get rid of any hard edge brush strokes…just soften up all the edges.

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

It looks like a shadow, but the right side has a layer of vintage wax.

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

Final coat is a second layer of vintage wax.  Where it looks just a little bit darker, I mixed in a couple drops of black chalk paint. Be careful with the black, a little goes a long way.  Paint your wax on and rub off with a rag.

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

The top was attached to the base thru three preexisting holes.

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table
Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

I don’t know what these screws were originally used for, but they hold down the lower shelf perfectly.

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table

Upcycled , Recycled Turkey Fryer side table before and after-

You would never guess that this table started it’s life as a turkey fryer.

Have a great week.  Stay inspired.

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8 Comments

  • CraigP says:

    Didn’t see a table in that fryer. That’s awesome!

    Can you make a flat-head Ford coupe out of that hubcap?

  • Colleen says:

    O.M.G. That is so awesome! And I just happen to have an old fryer stand in our barn that I wasn’t sure what to do with. Score a bedside table. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • kim says:

    This is really clever – love it!

  • This is so very clever! What a wonderful upcycle and I’m definitely going to keep an eye for out for one of these 😀 Pinned & sharing!

  • JaneEllen says:

    Great fantastic rehab. What a vision. Your table turned out so awesomely, love it. For $5 what a deal. Don’t imagine there were many takers for old rusted turkey fryer. Such a versatile table, could be used in several rooms. Bloggers must have so much imagination, it’s awesome. Couldn’t think of better word, little bit of southern CA left in me.
    Enjoy rest of week

  • What a fabulous upcycle. I love your vision. The table is absolutely gorgeous. I can go on and on but I will stop here.

  • Nancy says:

    Wow.
    amazing vision and skills….I don’t use a saw anymore….
    You did an awesome job with something that is usually just tossed out!
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com