Sneak peak on a special order – Part 3
Taking a dilapidated old wine barrel and making it look better than new is a challenge when it has an end of it that is rotten – as we stated when we started this project. Plus the wine barrel had previously been stained and painted which made the work all that more tedious.
Now we take the barrel and remove some of the hoops off so we can stain and seal using a darker stain than we normally apply. We call this color leather because it gives the wine barrel the look that it is encased in leather. As we go along, we move some of the hoops (or bands) off and replace them with others to keep the barrel together, waiting between times to let the stain and sealer on the barrel dry.
And we should note ever so importantly that we can’t take all the bands off or the barrel would come apart and that isn’t a pretty thing to have happen – think of the funniest comedy scene you’ve ever saw. Yes, we’ve been there and don’t want to do it again.
Now that we have the barrel stained, we will need to prep the barrel with the hoop bands on it and ready the bands for paint. Again, we will use burgundy on this one which makes it meld into the barrel for a more subtle look. The owner of the barrel wanted that particular kind of appearance. By the way, go to our poll and give your opinion of what color you think would look the best.
Having had a classic restoration business, we know all too well how much time and effort goes into prepping, which is one of the most unrewarding jobs to do. We use the county rag (San Luis Obispo Tribune) for cover – it has to be good for something.
We will paint next and then let dry before buffing and shining it up a bit. You can see how that goes with what should be our last installment of ‘Recrafting An Old Wine Barrel’.
Ron and Daryle Hier