Wine Barrel Coffee Table

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1 Day

I saw this 1/2 wine barrel at a local nursery and I knew I had to turn it into a wine barrel coffee table. Sadly, I didn’t realize how bad the condition was prior to paying almost 100.00 for it.
I immediately knew I had to make it into a wine barrel coffee table. I was envisioning this amazing farmhouse piece and while we were making it I just kept thinking “Is this actually going to turn out?“
Here’s the lovely 1/2 wine barrel after I gave it a GOOD sand down. I’m sure it could of been made into a coffee table just like that – the color is so pretty, but I was envisioning this white-washed piece. So I got to pickling the wine barrel. You want to make sure you wipe the pickling off as you go. It dries within minutes! I also distressed the pickled base after I was done to give it a more lived in feel.
diy top for wine barrel coffee table
As for the top – we made it out of 1×6’s. We put four pocket holes in every 1×6, and then once all 32 screws were in, we put bracing on to make it extra strong.
Here’s how it looked after a good sand & us cutting it into a circle.
When cutting the top for the wine barrel base we made it very imperfect, so the top would look more authentic. So it isn’t perfectly round. I also took chain and beat up the top. This was my design in my head. Glens always loves my ideas. Sometimes they look amazing and sometimes they look very very bad. Rarely is there a in-between.
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5 1x6x8
32 1 1/4 Screws
Orbital Sander
Table Saw
We clamped all the wood together, drilled all the pocket holes, screwed the boards together & then cut the circular top with our jigsaw. Super straight forward. I would of taken photos for you, but we did this at 10 PM saturday night.
Here's how it turned out, I couldn't be more happy with it!
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  • 62q10370829
    on Sep 29, 2017

    Why didn't you put open end up to use for storage & you could of put on small feet to keep medal off carpet.
    • Pat
      on Apr 16, 2020

      Looks beautiful the top is such a beautiful neutral color

  • Edyta
    on Jan 21, 2019

    Very cool, love it! The table looks great! Where did you get those beautiful flowers? Are they real?

  • Dennis
    on Jan 22, 2019

    Where can I buy a half barrel?

    • Pat
      on Apr 16, 2020

      Home Depot also sells them and almost any nursery they make great planters!

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