In the pursuit to get out information, sometimes we forget all the different needs you might have. If you’re following our blog, you would realize that we sell decorative wine barrels whether as a full oak barrel that may be a fixture in a room or yard – we also have half barrels as planters. We talk about the world of wine and in addition, we converse on a myriad of topics relating to the California Central Coast. Still, from time-to-time, people have let us know of their wants and to that end, we came up with our new glasstop wine barrel table.
Decorative wine barrel table with cork-filled glasstop.
And that leads me to other suggestions that have been brought to our attention. We may in the future produce some or maybe most of these ideas, but regardless, I’ve laid out a few simple ones here that you can consider when buying a used full or half barrel from PasoWineBarrels.com.
Full-size used wine barrel
The easiest idea is to purchase a full used wine barrel from us and simply place it in a room or yard as a sort of ornamental item like people do with any assorted objects. You don’t have do anything and your old used wine barrel with all its marks, stains and history can offer a distinctive and eclectic object that will have others remarking about it for years to come. It won’t be nearly as stunning or dramatic as our decorative wine barrels, but it still offers a genuine feel and experience that brings wine country right into your home, office or outdoor area. And of course this full used barrel can obviously be used as a table.
Other than as an eclectic object, used barrels can be used for an assortment of supports or as a table.
Which can also be done with our next idea: a simple suggestion is to purchase one of our used full barrels and cut it in two. With two half barrels, the most common initiative would be to use them as end tables or as planters. Both ideas can take place whether it’s indoors or out. The classic and most popular thought is to make planters out of them and they look good and always seem to fit any garden. However, they won’t last nearly as long as our decorative planter barrels which endure because of the extreme amount of work and care we put into making them last including sealer and varnish. By the way, you can also purchase our used half barrels if cutting the barrel is too much for you to handle.
For animal lovers, you can purchase the used wine barrel and cut out a larger hole and the solid white oak barrel becomes a doghouse. You will have to build a couple of supports so it doesn’t roll. The used half barrel can be made into a bed for dogs or cats. A partial cut will have to be prepared so as to offer an entrance, plus a pillow and or blanket could make this suggestion ideal for your family pets.
Old half barrels have many uses both inside and outside.
One more quick idea is to purchase a couple of our used barrels and you can place a top over them to make a large table for parties or any a sundry of things.
With any used barrel, you get what you get. These barrels were made for wine and if you don’t have liquid or as we do, layers of stain, sealer, varathane etc, an old used barrel will have trouble with staying power – otherwise known as shrinkage. You must also realize that with shrinkage, a used barrel’s hoop bands will be loose. Again, this is something we do to our finished products – tightening the hoops and securing them with new hoop nails.
Still, there are thoughts of different suggestions too many to name or show here on what you can do with old used oak wine barrels. Hopefully these simple ideas will offer some insight into what you might be able to do. Yes, it can be hard work especially when working with oak and if indeed it’s too much trouble, you always know where you can get the best looking finished wine barrels around – that would be us.
Bring a little of wine country back with you … and have fun!
Daryle W. Hier