Monday, February 20, 2012

Wine Barrel Coat Rack

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A few weeks ago, I found two old barrels at an auction.
I had no idea what I was going to do with the barrels,
but knew that I couldn't pass them up.
The old oak and rusty rings
were irresistible.
The barrels were soooo heavy.
It was much easier to roll them to their destination,
rather than to carry.

My oldest got the job of dismantling the first barrel for me.

One barrel gave us 35 staves. 

The staves are hard old oak.
One of the ends shows some damage,
but that was quickly removed with 60 grit sandpaper
and the palm sander.

The staves were sanded on both sides
to remove any loose bits.

The staves bare the markings of years of rubbing against the rusty metal barrel rings.
The 60 grit paper did not give a glass smooth surface,
but with this project,
keeping that rustic, ruggedness was important.

Two weeks ago, I also dropped in to visit Rene at Kozy Katz Antiques & Collectibles.

She had some wonderful pieces of molding and rusty coat hooks that we used to make these coat hooks,

which have been added to my shop.

I was so happy to find the coat hooks,
because I thought they'd make a wonderful combination
with the rustic old wood of the barrels.

What do you think?

Brass D rings were added to the back of the coat hook for hanging.

One more look,
'cause I'm so happy with the way this turned out!

After a few more of the coat racks are made,
we have another project to begin
involving the barrel rings .

I can't wait to begin the next project
as it's going to be so completely different from anything I've made before.



  1. Wonderful. I can't wait to see what you do with the rings. We saw some at a flea market and I wanted them to make an awesome outdoor candelier but then realized I needed a huge tree to hang it form and didn't have that.

  2. That is such a neat idea! I've never seen a barrel re-purposed that way!

    Hope you'll link up to my link party!

    Mauvin' Monday Link Party

    Jessica, your newest Linky Follower

  3. How unique! First, I wouldn't have thought to take the barrel apart. And I can't wait to see what you're going to do with those rings.

  4. Smart idea! Love the look of the wood on the staves...looking forward to Part 2!

  5. Perfectly it! Linky Following now too :) Laurel

  6. Oh my gosh!! I love this!
    I just started a brand new themed link party just for rustic or shabby chic crafts and decorating projects. I would love to have you share this -

  7. Love!!! I'd love if you shared this on my little party:

    Hope to see you there!

  8. Good imagination. Great idea. Thanks for sharing (coming over from Apron Thrift Girl, my favourite place to link up.

  9. That is so gorgeous! Would love for you to link up to the Tuesday to Do Party if you haven't already!

  10. Great idea with the barrel stave. Will be back to see what you do with the rings. Will be a new follower.
    Hope you have time to come visit Timeless Treasures.
    Audrey Z.

  11. How creative! Love the rustic look and originality of this coat rack. So glad to have you share this at Show & Tell.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  12. That is seriously the most fantastic idea I have seen in a long while! I'm your newest fan :)
    Cas x

  13. Simply fantastic Gertie!! Such a good idea. Thanks so much for sharing this week :)

  14. I love an old barrel and I love what you did with this one. I am so inspired by this.
    I can not wait to see what you have in mind for the rusty metal rings, I love rusty!!
    I am following thru linky.
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. what an amazing idea!!

    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday Link Party

    Natasha xx

  16. Can I just say again how much I love your projects?! Love the rustic look. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing!
    "Kiss Me I'm Irish" linky party now open

  17. What a great idea! I LOVE what you did!! Thanks for sharing this - it's inspiring!

  18. good idea!!!!
    María from Spain!

  19. I love the coat racks. They are so awesome. Feel free to link up to the Success U Party at TheStuffofSuccess. Have a terrific week - Athena

  20. I have a barrel and left it at my last house when we moved..makes me sad. I LOVE this coat hook. I want. I need. I am featuring this on Tickled Pink!

  21. Hi there! I'm visiting you from your link up on Tip Junkie. I'd like to invite you to link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party! This would be a nice addition to our list of Fabulous Fun Stuff!


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