Pottery Barn Knock Off - From an Olive Barrel to a Barrel Planter!

2 Materials
10 Minutes
A 50 gallon hard resion type barrel turned into a stone textured planter
I found this large barrel a couple of years ago at a garage sale.  The people there told us that it had come from an Italian restaurant and that it had held olives.

It looks to be at least a 50 gallon barrel.   He sold two of them to us for $1 each!  

Well beauty is definitely in the eyes of the beholder, right?  

Well after cleaning them I set to work giving them a new face. 

The lid was in two sections.  The same principle that you would see on a canning jar.    It had a ring ...
and an insert that the ring held on to the drum.  These screwed on just like a mason style jar.
I bought Rustoleum Stone texture Paint and gave it one coat.   I was not planning on keeping it outside so I was not concerned that the paint was not for outside. However, after the first coat, I did not get back to this project until this spring. It did sit outside all winter but I could not tell that it was hurt in the least.
After it was really dried, (Like 6 months!) I then applied the second coat. 
The first coat covered really well but I wanted the stone look to be more authentic looking.
Some of the original color was wanting to show thru so I hit it with another coat.
The part where it looks like a lable was all one look so I left it that way

I am getting ready for this weekend for a baby shower in our patio room, so I am in a hurry to complete this project. After I get more time, I may mask this area and spray it with metalic to make it look like a metal lable.
For now, it is all one stone texture finish. I plan to get to the second barrel tomorrow hopefully.
I added the artificial vine for now since we are still experiencing very cool temperatures here in Ohio. When temeratures climb warmer to stay, I plan to plant live plants into it.

It took two cans for two good coats per barrel.

The only real time was in the waiting. It only took about 3-5 minutes to put the first coat on and than the waiting game began.

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  • Sue Sue on Apr 11, 2020

    Wish I could be so lucky to run across such a great find . Love it

  • Margaret Powell Margaret Powell on Apr 11, 2020

    a once in a lifetime find

    two for a dollar each

    my daughter took the second one

    shes going to make a rain barrel out of it