could you post a picture so we can see exactly what you are talking about.
If you like farmhouse, you could hang on the wall and add a touch of decor like flowers and use for a shelf or simply to decorate.
My mother uses one for her hand sewing items.
They make a great place to "hide" small items. If you don't like the wooden look, you can paint, decoupage, or hot glue decorations to pretty it up.
They make cute display shelves. They are usually very lightweight.
Here are some really great ideas for you!
I turned one I picked up into a side table. It is the perfect height for my chair and I love the texture and colour of them. http://www.recreateddesigns.com/2016/12/cheese-barrel-side-table/