Make a Barrel Coffee Table

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My neighbors put this used barrel out for trash collecting. I know what you’re thinking.. “gross.”

When I saw, it I just knew it would be perfect to use as a barrel coffee table! It was still in great shape and I thought it would make an interesting addition to my decor. Right now, I’m starting with basically nothing!

So, I set out to work on this fun project. It took awhile to finish up because it was full of dirt (and I was in the midst of moving!) and I had to scrub it all off over and over again. Dirt has a way of getting into those crevices! I think I did an okay job for the most part 🙂 and I’m left with a pretty awesome coffee table I’m already in love with.

My sister has claimed dibs on it if I ever move and don’t want it anymore. Ha! Do you like refurbishing home decor? If you like to paint you might also enjoy my Painted Picture Frame Post.

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This is after glossing it. You can still see here how damaged it is inside.

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You might not be able to tell from the pictures but I covered this with Varathane Gloss. I didn’t really mix it properly (whoops!) so it came out clear! Luckily, I liked the way it looked. After coating it many times I didn’t have the heart to re-do it all again, so I decided to leave it as is (shown in pics).

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First, I covered the metal part with green frog tape to protect it. Once that was done I glossed the entire barrel.

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Another reason why I wanted to gloss it is because I really had trouble getting the remaining specks of dirt out even after bleaching and scrubbing many times! I wanted something to really seal any bits that might fall off in the future. Yes, it has helped immensely.

I can’t wait until I have more furniture to so it’s not so alone in my living room.

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