Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dairy trough perfect beverage tub for Country Wedding!

On one of our junk adventures, I was compelled to purchase this 
two sided dairy trough: 

I wasn't sure if it was used to water cattle,
 or if it was used to handle the milk somehow...??

~ I am a city girl after all ~

...but I did know it was in great shape
and it was made of virtually indestructible stainless steel. 

(It even held up to my husband backing his pick up into it!
Indestructible, I tell ya!!)
I had a metal base custom made to fit the trough...
I was thinking it would make an awesome
 beverage holder for parties and picnics.

I liked how it turned out.
It looked kind of industrial/Farm Chic, wouldn't you say?

A few months later, I got a call from Cassie.
Her friends' daughter was getting married
 and they were looking for a large beverage tub.

 If it was going to be used at a wedding reception,
I thought it needed some personalization...
a little bling...and a little junk style embellishing.
Something to soften it up just a little.

I thought of this large metal door plate a friend gave me.
I had Cassie cut the word "celebrate" out of black vinyl.

I also had her cut out the wedding date.
I just adhered the date to a burlap type of ribbon,
then brushed on a few coats of poly to both the front
and back of the ribbon for durability.

I added some bling with faceted crystal and a key.

 I poked a hole at the top of the ribbon
 and threaded the screw from the door plate through it. 

That way the personalized ribbon would be easy to remove...
in case the tub would be used at other events.

Cassie found two plugs to fit perfectly in the drain holes...and a truely unique beverage tub was born.

I hear it worked out perfectly at the wedding.
The family of the groom liked it so much, they bought it!

How cute would this be filled with
 mason jars full of lemonade at a country wedding?

What do you think?
(I think I want to borrow it back
 for my daughters upcoming graduation!)




  1. Boy did this bring back memories of our eldest daughter and son-in-law's wedding which was held at our farm.We were concerned about the food going bad due to the heat so the Dads had an old milk tank cut in half and put a metal mesh in the top about 8 inches down to set the salad bowls on with the ice underneath. Was a great hit and no worry about food spoiling.Thanks for your post!

  2. so cool, the "celebrate" is perfection!

  3. LOVELOVELOVE this idea
    perfect for a party or wedding
    love the pics too

  4. I THINK.......I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT (and want it)!!!!!

  5. That is the most Darling display piece, so perfect for a wedding or any party- to Great job- the little touchs make it the best.
    Karryann (Love your blog-happy to of found you)

  6. Awesome! It is just a sink they used in the parlor. My dad used to be a dairy farmer. I love how you've used it. You could also put glass on top and use as an island/sofa table with things on display inside.

  7. Well I just love this! I would have purchased it as well if I were them. Hope your husband's pickup is no worse for the bump. New follower~will visit often.

  8. I love the trough and it is perfect for a wedding or party. Adding the plate and "celebrate" was such a great idea. I am a new follower!
    Hugs, Sherry

  9. Clever. The size must have been perfect for the event.

  10. very cool.

    visiting via miss mustard seed and would love to have you stop by when you have a moment.

    happy weekend to you.


  11. Stopping in to pin your trough. I love it!


  12. I'm so envious! I have been looking for a great way to water my chickens and this piece would be perfect!

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  13. It's a sink used in the milk house to wash milking equipment. We have one in our milkhouse. Now I know what it's going to be used for when we retire from farming! Great piece!


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