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We had an extra, cheap drum laying around and didn't mind if it got messed up so I thought I would play around with it. At first I thought we would throw a coat of paint on it, top it with the glass from an old patio set we had, and call it good. My plans changed after I tore into it.
I have included a picture a picture of a drum almost identical to the one we started with.
Step 1: Remove all the hard ware
Since my wife wasn't around busy I used a wing key.
There were a lot of screws. Whenever I am taking something apart that has lots of pieces, I like to put screws back in the hardware so I don't lose them or get the pieces mixed up.