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Fall upcycling: reclaimed wine barrels

Fall is one of my very favourite times of year.  Don’t get me wrong, spring and I are also good friends, but far before I would choose an endless summer, I would choose an autumn that lasted forever.

Years ago, I lived in the Okanagan, and joined the wine industry. Fall to wine lovers and winemakers always means a new harvest, plenty of work, and vineyards full of gorgeous fruit. I used to love being privy to that buzz, that thrill, and I think I will always secretly love anything to do with wine. I enjoy reading about it, shopping for it, and have even brought it into my home as a style inspiration.

How so? I have a giant wooden wine rack, wooden wine crates, and have always brought home pretty stemware and books on wine. I loved the feel of all that wood in our home, and the reminder that entertaining or a quiet night in could be as simple as popping a cork and putting my feet up.

If you are the do-it-yourself type, and live anywhere near a winemaking region, watch for opportunities to get your hands on used wine barrels. They can add a beautiful aged wood to any project on your list.

A list of ideas – from the simple to the gorgeous but complex:

You could use them as the base for tables – try using the whole barrel for a taller look with stools or for a buffet, or even just half barrels for a low table.

You could use them as rain barrels, adding a great and environmentally friendly solution to your garden.

You could serve your guests their wine and cheese from serving platters made from the barrel wood.

Here’s a stylish, but challenging idea – use the wood staves for a completely new, finished project – just look at these beautiful chairs!

I love these garden bridges, so easy to add over a pretty dry riverbed. I love the texture and detail these can add to gardens, so why not add a larger element that would really wow?

This chandelier would add a great rustic vibe to a dining area.

And last, but not least, the project I would love to do. If you really wanted to go crazy, you could incorporate them into a home renovation. Look at this beautiful floor! I would love to do this in a home.

Imagine combining the rustic beauty of aged wood with the romance of winemaking in your decor!

What would be your favourite way to bring this look into your home?


Writer, editor, recovering chocoholic. Most often found writing, drinking coffee, and chasing kids. Find her on Twitter @littlemissmocha.

One Response to “Fall upcycling: reclaimed wine barrels”


The chair is gorgeous.


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