Antique Fire Extinguisher | Side Table

Have you ever wondered what you can make from an antique fire extinguisher? Look no further, I’ve got a fun solution for you!

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Pinterest graphic showing staged repurposed antique fire extinguisher side table with various items on table top sitting next to a chair

what can I make out of an antique fire extinguisher?

“Are you interested in doing something with an antique fire extinguisher that belongs to my hubby?”

Our client asked me if I could do anything with a special antique that her hubby had.

  • Can it be cleaned up?
  • Could we make a table from it?
  • Can you make this something useable and attractive?
vintage and antique fire extinguisher before restoration
Etsy listing for antique fire extinguisher similar to the one we transformed

“Of course, we can come up with a plan for this antique fire extinguisher,” I told our client!

Really, I wasn’t sure how exactly but I knew that we could come up with something brilliant!

upcycled side table sitting next to vintage side chair with lamp, plant, stack of books and coffe mug sitting on top of table top

how to clean an antique fire extinguisher

The first step was to clean it. I forgot to snap a photo of the before look of this antique fire extinguisher, but you can see it in the image above to get an idea of its condition.

Honestly, it was a bit worse.

Dull. Dirty. Dingy.

You could barely make out the words on the label!

vintage upcycle fire extinguisher side table staged with various items on top and sitting next to a vintage side chair

I used Brasso, blue shop towels, and gloved hands to clean it and bring back some of the luster the original copper finish had.

antique fire extinguisher side table staged with chair sitting next to it and various items sitting on top of side table

I had to be careful because I didn’t want to remove all of the aging and patina that was created over the years.

There were a few spots that were in really bad shape so I used #0000 steel wool to carefully remove the gunk.

full view of vintage fire extinguisher side table upcycle project

what to use for the top of this side table?

So, maybe you are wondering about the tabletop? Where did it come from you ask?

We don’t let anything go to waste in our workshop!

We had a couple of barstools piled up in our inventory that were coming apart.

vintage fire extinguisher upcycled into a side table sitting next to a vintage chair

So we finished taking them apart and salvaged the wood seats that were perfectly round. Hubby took them out to his workshop and ran them through the planer several times to remove the old finish (btw, the seat were a hideous cherry red color!)

Once that was done, all that was needed was a couple of coats of General Finishes High Performance in Flat.

All the natural beauty shines through, don’t you think?

** The other bar stool seats were put to good use! I’ll share that project soon!

close-up of wood top made from a barstool and used as top of upcycled fire extinguisher converted to a side table

how to attach the wood top

The next step was to attach the gorgeous top to the antique fire extinguisher base.

close up of label on vintage fire extinguisher with text about the brand Pyrene and other important information

Our local Ace Hardware has a knowledgeable and creative group of employees so I knew I could get an answer from one of them.

After explaining and describing the project to the clerk, he suggested we use this galvanized hanger strap. It is a roll of thin metal about 1/2″ wide that has holes in it. The clerk said I could cut it to the length I needed and then use a couple of screws to secure the fire extinguisher to the underside of the table.

close up shot of galvanized hanger iron strap
screenshot of galvanized hanger strap

Here, let’s take a look at how we attached the base to the underside of the wood top.

Hubby did this part – he measured the length he needed to straddle the handle part of the antique fire extinguisher. Then he screwed in the innermost part of the hanger.

underside of fire extinguisher upcycled into a table showing how to attach the wood top

Next, he used another screw in the hole closest to the fire extinguisher handle and tightened it down.

The two screws on each side of the handle held the fire extinguisher close to the wood top. He repeated this four times around the underside of the table.

close up of underside of fire extinguisher table showing how the bar stool wood top is attached
underside of fire extinguisher side table showing how to attach it to wood top made from a barstool

And it was that simple!

Doesn’t it look so good? Our client loved it too! She said it was a gift for her hubby. He needed a small side table to sit next to his favorite chair. Just a place to put a cup of coffee and maybe his current read.

are old fire extinguishers worth anything?

Let me also mention the age of this antique fire extinguisher.

After a bit of Google research, I learned that this type of fire extinguisher was made between the early 1800s-1940. That’s a long time, isn’t it?

They don’t hold a high value but they can be purchased for $75-$150 (currently in 2021.)

The value of this piece is held by the owner and in my opinion, that value doesn’t include a dollar sign. She knew her hubby would love it and really, who can put a price on a gift with that kind of thought behind it?

vintage side chair sitting next to upcyled side table with fan, wreath, mirror and window in background

staying teachable and creative

This was a fun project even though we were not exactly sure how we would make it work.

This kind of project helps us to get creative with solutions. I think that’s important.

If we always know the answers, then we are never learning. Let’s continue to grow and to learn and to find new methods and solutions to our problems, deal?

Good, that’s just what I wanted to hear!

Pinterest graphic showing staged repurposed antique fire extinguisher side table with various items on table top sitting next to a chair

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  1. Oh my word Cindy, I love this project. This girl loves French décor but this is something I would love. I love these old pieces of history. There’s nothing more beautiful.

    Your clients’ husband will be thrilled!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks Cindy! This piece would be special to anyone with a firemen’s history! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. OMG, Cindy, this is brilliant! I love, love, love that antique fire extinguisher, the colours are gorgeous! You are so clever to turn it into a beautiful side table – your client must be ecstatic!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Isn’t it so awesome? And it was one of our easiest projects! Thanks Jayne!

  3. Cindy! What an amazing project … you’re brilliant to have thought of it! I love the fire extinguisher, not sure I’ve ever see a vintage one. And, turning it to a table is so smart. I love how it looks styled in your home! xo

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thank you, Juliet! Our client loved it too!

  4. Regina Jenkins says:

    Ok that is so cool. Love it. Not going to find one of those in HomeGoods. Love the way it’s attached too. Great job!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      HomeGoods has great home decor but nothing like this! Thanks Regina!

    2. Funny that you mentioned Homegoods . I purchased an antique fire extinguisher today and found a beautiful wooden serving tray to attach for my table top.

      1. Sounds like you found something unique!!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thank you, Danielle!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Wowsa, that makes me feel smart!!;) Thanks Kim for your kind words!

  5. You sure know how to make something out of nothing!!! I think this table is so unique and beautiful. Thanks for sharing:)

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      And thank you for stopping by Maria!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Isn’t it a fun project? It will get people talking, that’s for sure!

  6. Such a cool idea! The text on the fire extinguisher is so neat.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      I love the graphics on the extinguisher too! They don’t make things like they used to! Thanks for stopping by Marie!

  7. How creative you are Cindy. This table turned out amazing and truly one of a kind. I am amazed how great it cleaned up. Love it!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      It was a fun piece and so special for our custom client 🙂