Recrafting An Old Wine Barrel – Beginning To End takes used 58 to 60 gallon barrels that are too old to use anymore in the wine business and brings them back to life as looking better than new. You can go here for more information how to make a decorative barrel.

We received a lot of curiosity in our recent chronicled report and appreciate the interest.  We were brought a project barrel that indeed was a project.  The barrel was rotten on one end and on the verge of being nothing more than kindling.  We were able to clean it up and and it now is resonating on a Paso Robles hill in front of some medal award winning wines.

The story we did was five part and to make it a bit easier to read through the entire account, we have all five blog stories here for your perusal with snippets of each.  We start with the first paragraph and for more on each story, just click on the end of each snippet.  Thanks again and we hope you learn a little more about our wine barrel renovations.


What’s Old Is New Again

Recrafting An Old Wine Barrel – Bad Bottom PART 1

Not all old wine barrels are created the same.  Certainly that can be the case when barrels are left to rot.  Such was the case with this wine barrel that the owner wanted renewed as one of our recrafted and renovated Decorative Wine Barrels. … (click to continue)

Recrafting An Old Wine Barrel – Stripping Stain  PART 2

When we started this project (go here), one end (or head as it’s called) of the wine barrel was rotten in places due to sitting in mud on and off through the years.  It wasn’t repairable beyond placing another piece of wood over it while sanding and grinding most of chime off – the chime is the end of a stave beyond the head. … (click to continue)

Recrafting An Old Wine Barrel – Stain And Prep 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. … (click to continue)

Recrafting An Old Wine Barrel – Painting … And More Painting? PART 4

Our special project barrel has been a lot of work including the simple sounding prepping – but most everything has gone rather smoothly … until now. … (click to continue)

Recrafting An Old Wine Barrel – Finished PART 5

As you may recall, the product that we started with was almost unrepairable.  One end of the old wine barrel had been sitting in dirt for a time and that included mud at some junctures, which in-turn started rotting the wood on the end of the staves.  The owner was willing to go along with whatever was needed so we went to work. … (click to continue)

Have questions?  Feel free to ask anything.  Thanks again.

Daryle Hier





5 thoughts on “Recrafting An Old Wine Barrel – Beginning To End

  1. Thomas Rader

    Wow, thanks for the write up, you guys do fantastic work! I am attempting to build a whiskey barrel liquor cabinet for my fiancé by Christmas, but I have a couple of questions.

    What is the stain that you refer to as “leather”? It looks fantastic and I would really like to replicate it.

    In removing and replacing the bands, what tool did you use to prevent scoring the wood, particularly after sanding and staining? Also, where can I get one?

    Finally, what process did you use to buff out the bands after painting?

    Thanks for the information and your time, you guys are great!



  2. Jaime Echevarria

    do you need to clean the inside of a used wine barrel? I want to make a bar table and use two wine barrels for legs for the table. I got 2 used wine barrels and not sure if the inside needs to be cleaned first.


    1. PasoDr Post author

      Hi Jaime,
      Thanks for the question. Rinsing the inside of a barrel can’t hurt, because you never know how long it stood or what may be inside (ie the winery may not have cleaned it). Using a citric-based cleaner would do the job. Hope this helps.
      Daryle W. Hier
      Paso Wine Barrels


  3. Megan

    How did you replace the rotting end? I have four barrels that all have some degree of rot that need to be covered/replaced. What technique did you use?

    Thank you!


    1. PasoDr Post author

      Hi Megan,
      We simply dug out and cleaned what was left (rot didn’t go all the way threw), lathered it with wood putty, cut out a piece of plywood and glued it to what would be designated the bottom. Sealed it and still going strong several years later.



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