Decorating Ideas For a Vintage Wine Barrel

Vintage decor is quickly becoming a fashion trend, as we find beautiful and stylish pieces that suit our modern tastes or discover great bargains that just cannot be passed up. There are many different ways that a great find like this can be incorporated into your modern decor, without taking away from the natural beauty or hiding it behind something more modern. Here are five decorating ideas for a vintage wine barrel that are simple and affordable.

1. End Table

A vintage wine barrel makes a very attractive end table next to a sofa, loveseat, or armchair in your living space, and can be a great addition to the living room, den, or family room. Lightly sand and use a normal wood stain or paint to improve the look of the barrel if you wish, but be very careful not to damage any insignia or mar the bands holding the barrel in shape. Restore the look of the bands with very light sanding and some black paint.

2. Stool-Style Seating

With the addition of a bit of padding on the seat, a vintage wine barrel makes a unique seat for the kitchen island or in your home’s living space. It is also a great seating idea for the outdoors, just be sure that the padding you use is geared for outdoor use before you add it to the vintage wine barrel. Make sure that you measure from the inside of the lip of the barrel instead of simply stretching the tape measure across from side to side to ensure a snug and comfy fit, and then simply set the cushion in place on the barrel.

3. Sturdy Table

For a vintage rustic look, use two or more barrels to create a table that looks great indoors or outdoors. You can use the same type of barrels to design a unique bar for your home as well, especially if the vintner’s label is still legible. This creates Old World charm and can easily become a focal point in the room. Just be sure that the barrels are the same height so that your table or bar is sturdy.

4. Unique Storage

If you cut a hole into the side of the barrel and add some simple shelving, you can create a unique form of storage for any room, and it takes up very little space so it is perfect for small rooms or apartments. Use the cutout to design a door for a cabinet look, attached by simple hinges on one side. For a great finishing touch, add a vintage cabinet door handle or drawer pull.

5. Interesting Sink
Finally, you can create a focal point for your bathroom, bar area, or even outdoors with your vintage wine barrel. Cut the top of the barrel to hold the sink basin and attach the plumbing hardware, and cut the side of the barrel to create access for adding plumbing and for some storage space. For a sturdier sink, replace the top of the barrel with plywood or more durable material.

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