I’ve had wine barrels on the brain ever since we began our plan to spruce up the upper patio. They’re easy to get here in wine country, and they make the easiest and cheapest planters. Just about everyone I know locally has a wine barrel for a planter, and I grow tomatoes in mine every year.
Last week, I made a quick trip to my favorite source for wine barrels. I had a few projects in mind, one coming up later this week! A short time ago, they were only $10 bucks, but apparently they’re in high demand abroad hence the price increase. But still, at $20 dollars for a half barrel, that’s a good price considering the amount of hours that go into the making of one single barrel (see below), and the many uses for the staves (the strips of wood bent to form a barrel).
Rustic and reclaimed wood is all the rage in home décor. We’ve seen tree stumps show up as endtables and pallets reinvented in all sorts of ways in interior design over the past few years. Wine barrels are getting their fair share of reuse too.
When used as just the right accent in unexpected ways, wine barrels are a fantastic source of reusing real French or American oak. I love the pairing of natural wood tones with casual furnishings, they always work well together. I also love seeing products made from reclaimed wood placed in formal settings or in contemporary spaces ~ they have a way of keeping the space from feeling too predictable. When juxtaposed against anything modern and glossy, reclaimed wood can take center stage.
New wine barrels have a shelf life of 3 to 6 years for aging wine, depending on which vintner you ask. Most become planters, yet others get turned into some amazing accessories. I was excited to see so many creative uses for a used wine barrel when I went looking around the web.