What can I do with old barrels?

What can they be repurposed for?
q old barrels, repurpose unique pieces
  40 answers
  • Dianne Keetch Dianne Keetch on Nov 07, 2016
    They would make lovely raised flower or veg planters... cut them in half lengthways, paint them if desired, put them on trestle legs, fill with compost and voila!

  • Jo Jo on Nov 07, 2016
    Cut in half lenth ways they make great camping fire pits.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 07, 2016
    Repaint them in various colors and use as a border in your landscape with assorted container plantings throughout your yard.

  • Connie Connie on Nov 07, 2016
    This would make great industrial looking benches. Also some industrial bookcases.

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Nov 07, 2016
    If those are yours in the picture, they are perfect as is. I had a couple I just used as garden accents out by my sheds and barn. Set a top on if you have them near a party space, place potted plants on them in season but keep the original paint and patina. They look great outside under a shed or barn light in the snow. DO NOT cut them up!

  • Nancy Flemming Nancy Flemming on Nov 07, 2016
    Unless you have a cutting torch, you will not be able to cut them. How about using them as ends for a BBQ area bar by using barn wood or pallets for a top. If it is too high just need to dig down and set them into the ground to get the height you want. Would go well with the industrial looking benches someone suggested. Good luck

    • Kathy Schmidt Kathy Schmidt on Nov 07, 2016
      Yes, you'll be able to cut them, but you need a blade made for metal! We've cut the tops off and used them as burning barrels for yard waste in the fall and winter. In our area, you have to have a covered fire, but a metal shelf from an old fridge works to keep embers inside. These will last a while but not forever. We gouged extra holes along the sides for a faster burn and the bottom did eventually melt off, but we did continue to use it for awhile even after that. Make sure you either cover it from moisture when not in use or flip it upside down if it still has a bottom. Water and leftover ash is MESSY!! :) After you've used it just once that paint will burn off and it has a very rustic look....but if you deal with a Home Owner's Association.....**gulp!! GOOD LUCK! ;)

  • ReneJackson ReneJackson on Nov 07, 2016
    Cut out a large piece on the side. Debating it with heat proof hinges. Paint inside and out with BBQ paint add an old oven grate and you have a great grill. Add some metal legs or place on an old metal table frame. They make and sell them around here for $150.00. .

  • Eseaters Eseaters on Nov 08, 2016
    I think they're beautiful as is. I would put them in the garden and use them as fountains. If my eyes haven't deceived me, it looks like they have tops and if you can unscrew the caps on them maybe you could run a hose up through the bottom and out both of the holes! If you take the tops off completely and put a hole coming up through the bottom you could just add some PVC...( not much smaller than the width of the barrel filled with pretty rocks and Voila! a beautiful fountain. Other ideas would be to bury one halfway in the ground and make a fountain or bury it a bit deeper and make a fire pit! Drill holes in the bottom for drainage. Dig a hole where you want it to fit with a bit of gravel on the bottom, add gravel, add your barrel, add wood...good to go! don't forget to drill decent holes and add the gravel because you want to make sure the fire is completely out before you ever walk away from a fire that you only think is out. Embers can fly from even the smallest amount of wind. Spray it down with a hose you keep safe by....you will have a beautiful yard! Hope that helped! Eileen

  • Ali6265106 Ali6265106 on Nov 08, 2016
    I would cut them in half and make a stand so you can use as a spit

  • Danielle Odin Danielle Odin on Nov 08, 2016
    If those barrels had any kind of poison or toxic chemicals or oils you could be exposing yourself and the envvironment to some forbidden substances by burning in them. Be careful and vigilant.

  • Mary Anne Siewert Mary Anne Siewert on Nov 08, 2016
    We put sand/salt mix available and given from the county and shovel mix into the barrel for our gravel driveway that becomes icy in winter. We put the barrel full with a lid at the end of our driveway exit. The driveway leads onto a busy road and the sloping driveway may have our vehicle slide down if it weren't for our barrel of quick applicatoin snow melt solution!

  • Wendy Wendy on Nov 08, 2016
    Paint snowmen on them.

  • Tamar Lundeen Tamar Lundeen on Nov 08, 2016
    Love the picture. Very colorful.

  • Martha Elizabeth Durant Martha Elizabeth Durant on Nov 08, 2016
    They are so hard to find! I'd love to have one to catch rainfall off the roof ...

  • Pat12634919 Pat12634919 on Nov 08, 2016
    Living in the country, we do not have garbage pickup but twice a month so we use them to burn household garbage in and put the unburnables in the garbage pickup Whenever we can get one we always have one or two in reserve

  • Tricia Jackson Jones Tricia Jackson Jones on Nov 08, 2016
    Bar height outdoor tables. Just put glass or acrylic rounds slightly larger on the top.

  • Mis14291766 Mis14291766 on Nov 08, 2016
    Steel drums

  • Lucy Marie Bernier Lucy Marie Bernier on Nov 08, 2016
    Turn them into chairs. My son did one.

  • B ireland B ireland on Nov 08, 2016
    burn wood, etc to make biochar, need a smaller barrel upside down filled with wood and a larger one to hold the first, with kindling all around the edge of the inner barrel. Air holes, fire and a few hours later you can enrich your garden with biochar.

  • Ann Ann on Nov 08, 2016
    If there are no dangerous chemicals in them, make and sell barbecue pits. Just cut the barrel in half, add legs and a grill and spray paint with a high gloss heat paint. Good luck.

  • Barbara C Barbara C on Nov 08, 2016
    Planters. Cut in half, punch drain holes in the bottoms, spray paint the outside,fill with good dirt,Plant Flowers or Veggies.

  • Linda Klass Linda Klass on Nov 08, 2016
    Here is a link to see all the different things you can do with these drums. https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?rs=ac&...

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Nov 08, 2016
    Before you do anything; Be absolutely sure of what was in them before. Most metal barrels are made for chemicals and oil related products. None of them are good stuff to fool around with and hard to clean.

  • Kathleen Kathleen on Nov 09, 2016
    Paint and cut out a wooden circle for the top. Upcycled table!

  • Peg12484435 Peg12484435 on Nov 09, 2016
    I am looking for a barrel that is not rusted if any one has one in the state of Ohio.

  • Peggy Peggy on Nov 10, 2016
    I have several of these,I'd love to get rid of them.

  • Paula Brown Paula Brown on Nov 11, 2016
    Have them tested first for toxins. Then if they are ok do what you want to do. Many great ideas in this post. Good luck

  • UpState UpState on Nov 11, 2016
    Open - Flop over - let liquid drain - if lawn remains OK ...then it should be OK to make your choice. If not - not good news. (weed killer)

  • KAZA KAZA on Nov 11, 2016
    Here in Australia we cut them open laid down and use them for barbecues or just a natural fire for all your friends to sit around and tell stories and toast your marshmallows, have your sparklers and celebrate whatever!!! Once cut in half, sell them as such, legs can be welded on too. Hope this helps. Kaz

  • Michele Lagoutte Michele Lagoutte on Nov 12, 2016
    You shoud go to Pinterest.com and enter surch "old metal barrel ideas" then you'll get a lot of ideas

  • Wanda Beattie Wanda Beattie on Nov 12, 2016
    Make a grill.

  • Millie Millie on Nov 12, 2016
    Before you do anything, take a high resolution image just as it is in your post. It will make an awesome framed art piece

    • Marnidarr Marnidarr on Nov 14, 2016
      It is a professional shot stock photo. You can tell by the little swirly marks.

  • Susan Rhoads Susan Rhoads on Nov 12, 2016
    BBQ grills

  • Manal Shayeb Manal Shayeb on Nov 13, 2016
    Many things! A grill, a chair, small cabinet ... google it and u will be surprised .. am positive 👌🏼

  • Martha Parr Martha Parr on Nov 13, 2016
    Sell them to be recycled

  • Roxanne Roxanne on Nov 14, 2016
    compost bin

  • Jnt14053866 Jnt14053866 on Nov 19, 2016
    Plant pots

  • Virginia Virginia on Nov 22, 2016
    Having several acres and huge amounts of field mice, causing a lot of damage, my clever 90 year old Mom, simply put a board leaning against the open top of a barrel, threw in a few handfulls of dried grains (corn) and the next day, several dozen field mice were at the bottom of that barrel, she then used the mice climbing board leaning onto the barrel to kill them.

  • Sandra L Warren Sandra L Warren on Nov 04, 2017
    I would leave the rust and seal the barrel then cut the barrel in half lengthwise and with the flat/open side up and create a cushion top and short dark wooden legs to create a bench. That would be so cool!

  • Jana Jana on Nov 04, 2017
    What about spraying them with a resin or poly seal and using them as outdoor tables for drinks or a buffet line , displaying container gardens, holding firewood, fill the bottom with sand and plastic bottles to make planters, storage for pool toys... Even storing garden tools like rakes, shovels, and the like would make them decorative and functional in a patio area. Or, how about adding hooks to one for a "chef's assistant" for the grill? It should be noted that I have zero DIY skills but lots of dreams. :) Good Luck!