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by Melissa Campbell

Today recycling of appliances that no longer work has become big business these days. However there are plenty of people who rather than spending money on getting their old appliances recycled will just leave them to rot in the garden or dump them somewhere. However in this article we offer some creative things to do with your old appliances that cost very little to do.

1. Side Table With Light

For those who want a side table and light with a more contemporary feel to it and have an old washing machine lying around then they should remove the drum from it. Once it has been fully cleaned using a mixture of baking soda and water it can then be painted or left the colour it is. As soon as the drum is fully dry now it can be prepared to be used as a side table. Place it on the floor with the rear of the drum as the base and on to the opening at the top you place a large piece of heavy duty circular glass. However if you want yours to act as alight then before placing the glass on top you place a light fitting inside.

2. Plant Pots

For those who do not have very big gardens then using old drums from inside washing machines and tumble dryers as plant pots should be considered. These are really great to use as they come with holes already in them so the risk of water building up inside the pots is reduced and so there is much less chance of the plants dying off inside them because they won’t become water logged. If you do intend to use drums from old appliances to make pots for plants then place inside them plants with large leaves as this will help to create a more rustic look.

3. Storage Shed

Sometimes moving the larger appliances such as fridges and freezers can prove problematic. Instead why not convert yours into a storage unit in which items such as tools for the garden or garage can be kept. However when it comes to removing the refrigerants from these types of appliances arrange for the work to be carried out by a specialist.

4. TV Fish Tank

When it comes to creative things to do with your old appliances this will certainly become a focal point in any room. The first thing that needs to be done is the back has to be removed so that the main working components can be removed. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself then get a qualified electrician to carry out the work for you. Also you need to make sure that the TV will be able to handle the weight of the fish tank you place inside when it is full of water. If you need to then make sure that the base is reinforced. Of course remember to measure the interior of the TV so you buy a tank to go inside that fits well. The great thing about placing a fish tank inside an old TV is that you can then hide the wires that will power the lights and pump inside it.

Above we have shown you just a few of the creative things to do with your old appliances. However when it comes to removing any parts that are no longer required you will still need to dispose of them in the correct manner. If you are at all unsure as to what to do with them then contact your local council. They will be able to provide you with advice and information with regards to their disposal.

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