It all started with a vacant air conditioner pad, the perfect place for a fountain. So, the great fountain search began. I must have driven 200 miles and visited 10 shops and stores searching for the perfect fountain. On the way home I stop at Out of the Past antiques in downtown Harriman, literally 2 minutes from my house and spied this beauty. I asked the shop owner, “What would you think about that as a fountain?” He replied, “That would be pretty neat.” We loaded it in the truck and I drove directly to Lowes to get what I needed to make a vintage washing machine fountain.
Pat, a Harriman, TN Lowe’s employee, went above and beyond by climbing on the back of the truck to examine the potential fountain. She then recommended the correct size pump and black tubing. She told me it was easy and to prepare to get wet.
Here the pump was placed in the tub of the washer. The suction cups hold it in place.
Then the black tube was attached to the pump and inserted into the wringer of the washer.
Next the washer tub was filled with water. Time to get wet! I then adjusted the tubing in the wringer to get the flow of the water correct.
The water trickels down the wringer into the tub making that “water fountain” sound. It took maybe 15 minutes and I didn’t get all that wet. Then back to Lowes for shade loving plants. Then we placed mulch and large rocks to hide the concrete pad.
The location of the fountain makes porch sitting even more fun and relaxing. I hope you have enjoyed viewing our vintage washing machine fountain. You can make a fountain too. Here’s what you will need:
- Electrical source
- Container that will hold water
- Another container or object to create the water fall. This can be part of the container or separate.
- Fountain pump and tubing
I do remember how wringer washer and put rubber diapers through that wringer diapers and explodes and I ruined a couple of shirts
Did you ever get anything caught in a wringer?or ruined a couple of shirts?
Oh how I remember these washers. I have a scar on my arm because I tried to run my little girl table and chairs through the thing and my arm got hung up in it. Yea I know. But I was a kid. Anyway, I would do this project in a minute in my yard!!!!!!!!!!! I just love this!!!
Denise @Chaotically Creative says
Thanks so much Tammy! It is just perfect as a water feature.
I absolutely love this idea! Great use of a vintage item for the garden
Lesley @Chaotically Creative says
Thanks so much Jamala!