Old Is New

Sometimes we get asked, why would we take an old barrel that has some character and make it into a new decorative recycled barrel that doesn’t reflect its history.

That’s a fair question and for some folks, the old wine barrels have an attraction all to themselves, steeped in a rich history that you can visually see.  However, the battered wood is splintered, decaying and in some instances moldy along with literally falling apart.

Barrels - old and new

What’s old is new again.

That’s where we come in.  We don’t necessarily alter the barrel as much as we enhance its textures, look and structure so it can be a piece of art furniture that you can enjoy for decades.

They are sanded and stained, then sanded again and stained and then if needed, sanded once more with a couple more layers of stain and sealed.  We add some coats of varathane (urethane) to bring out the luster plus it makes it last much longer.

As you can see by the comparison picture, the difference between an old used barrel’s finish and the new recreated barrel are night and day.  We don’t really remove anything like imperfections as much as we smooth them out and then enhance their individual beauty.

When compared with the old barrel, well, there isn’t a true comparison.  The recycled and recrafted wine barrel is impressive with a classy yet unique appearance that is viewed with stunned gasps and wows by others when they see them.

If you would like pictures of some of the wine barrels we have finished, just let us know and we’d be happy to send them to you.  You can go here for an upclose on the old barrel finish – and go here for an upclose of the new barrel finish.


Daryle W. Hier



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