Create Your Own Outdoor Oasis with These DIY Stock Tank Pool Ideas
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No pool? No problem! Bring the vacation to your very own backyard this summer by trying one of these stock tank pool ideas. Each one of these clever and creative projects starts with a stock tank (a large, galvanized metal trough originally designed for livestock water storage) and transforms it into an above-ground pool that's useful, stylish, and best of all, budget-friendly.
We know what you're thinking: How attractive can a livestock water storage tank really be? First of all, it will fit in among your patio décor and pretty landscaping, but even if you don't love the look of these metal tanks, not to worry. We've got plenty of inspiration for how to dress them up to your liking, whether you paint them, build a decorative fence around them, or surround them with a garden of gorgeous summer flowers. There's even a tutorial for how to turn your pool into a hot tub so you can truly use it all year round. Once you've got your plunge pool up and running, it's time to invite your friends and family over for the first of many pool parties to come. Talk about making a splash this summer!
Add a Bamboo Fence
Not everyone loves the look of stock tanks. You can cover any unsightliness with bamboo fencing while also adding some style to your pool setup.
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Paint It a Bright Color
Another option is painting your stock tank pool. Choose a color that's bright, like this sunny yellow, for a much-needed pop of color in your backyard.
See more at Sunwoven.
Paint a Mural Backdrop
Maybe you wish your stock pool had a more beautiful backdrop, like the ocean or mountains. Make it happen (kinda-sorta, anyway) by painting a pretty mural on any surface behind your pool. Jenna Hazel of Hazel Haus freehanded this one, and we absolutely love it!
See more at @jenna.hazel.
Plant a Beautiful Garden
Got a green thumb? Surround your stock tank pool with beautiful blooms and greenery like Belle of Designer Mum Etc. did. A pergola with string lights makes this space even more magical.
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Paint Some Stripes
You don't have to paint your pool a solid color. Take a cue from Danielle Dunn of Crafty Gal Confessions and add some fun stripes, instead.
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Build a Deck Around Your Pool
A good stock tank pool is worth building your backyard—and your deck—around. With a setup like this one, you can go from sunbathing to taking a dip in just a few steps!
See more at @stonewayswimclub.
Add a Privacy Screen
If you have a big backyard, create a more defined space for your stock tank pool by adding a privacy screen. This trendy wood slat one was made for less than $150 and in just a few hours.
See more at @hannahcat10.
Add Stenciled Stepping Stones
Create a cute little pathway to your stock tank pool area by adding DIY stenciled stepping stones. (And don't even get us started on how adorable this "Just keep swimming" sign is!)
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Heat Things Up
To get the most use out of your stock tank, look to the folks over at Harvey House, who transformed their pool into a hot tub with a little help from a pool heater. All we can say is, 👏👏👏!
See more at Harvey House.
Decorate It for the Holidays
Want to give your stock tank pool a makeover? Erin Barrett of Sunwoven paints hers a different color almost every year. She tried out this fun orange hue for Halloween, paired with black and white striped accents throughout her outdoor space. We love how festive it is!
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Build a Bench
Pool party, anyone? All of your guests will want to sit and dip their toes in the pool when you build this nifty bench around it. This one easily sits up to eight people!
See more at Hey Wanderer.
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