Wine Barrel Side Table

I am really excited to share my latest project with you today!! A couple of months ago I decided I wanted cut-in-half wine barrels as my side tables outside. I found them at my local hardware store for about $30. My plan was to add a glass top and call it a day. Unfortunately, finding that glass top has proven to be difficult, well at least finding one I could afford anyway.

Our first quote at the glass store downtown was $450!! Um, I don’t think so!

Then we found one online for around $150….problem was shipping was an additional $100. Yikes!

So our sad wine barrels sat outside with no tops for the last two months, UNTIL TODAY!

I decided to take a trip to a salvage yard I have been wanting to check out for quite a while now in Berkeley called Urban Ore.

There was A LOT of stuff to sort through, but I could have stayed there for hours! And there it was, way in the back corner with no price tag, sat a round glass table top.

The glass measured 34 inches (I was looking for 32 inches, so close does count in this case). No price tag meant the guy helping me got to pick a price. Other pieces of glass on the rack ranged from 20-55 dollars, I was really hoping for a deal. It was a little scratched up with a VERY SMALL  chip on one side. Needless to say, can you believe he quoted me 10 BUCKS?!?!

The guys at the store were so helpful, they carried it out to my truck for me and everything.

The only downside was they didn’t have three of them!

Here is the wine barrel without a top

Half Wine Barrel

I wish I could insert the “wine barrel smell” here :-)

Here is the $10 glass top

Glass top

I don’t think the extra 2 inches in diameter makes a difference

I decided to add the corks we have been collecting for years to the bottom for an added touch


It looked ok, but not great. Then I remembered some faux straw I had in the garage that was leftover from a Halloween project a few years ago. Sometimes it does pay off to keep junk you never thought you would use again!

Straw Corks and Straw

It looks so cool!

I also love that we have corks from some of our favorite wines

Favorite Corks

I think it turned out so great, what do you think??

Winebarrel Table 3

The roses are from my garden :-)

Winebarrel Table 8

Not too shabby for a $40 dollar table, huh?

Winebarrel Table 4

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Mineral Spirit Wipes

     Do you remember the days when you couldn’t leave the house without a full pack of baby wipes? Or maybe you are like me, and still shopping for the Costco size box. I have my fingers crossed that it won’t be too much longer before we say good bye to diapers forever!!! But I have to say, baby wipes are good for so many more things than just babies. These days you can find any cleaning solution in a wipe form…but I have never seen or been able to find Mineral Spirit Wipes.

Great idea, huh?

I am always running out to the garage to touch up, add another coat, spray paint something quick. There have been so many times that I am cleaning up or touching up, and I wish I had a disposable wipe. Since I couldn’t find them to buy, I decided to make my own. So simple and inexpensive, and…

I LOVE them!!!

Here is what you need:

Mineral Spirit Wipes Supplies

1. Paper Towels (the higher the quality the better–the ones that are thick almost like fabric)

2. Baby Oil

3. Hand Soap

4. An empty container (read on for different options)

5. Mineral Spirits (I chose this odorless version which makes a huge difference)

Mineral Spirits Odorless

I used the only paper towels we had in the house…not even sure what brand it was to be honest. Next round though I am going searching for the heavier duty towels.

First you cut the roll in half. Use a serrated knife. At this moment I was wishing I had an electric knife. On my want list now that I have two uses for it (the other being cutting foam for reupholstery projects)

Mineral Spirit Wipes Cutting

It’s a perfect fit

Paper Towel Homemade wipes

Next I trimmed the fuzzys off

Mineral Spirit Wipes Trim

Then mixed up the solution with the following ingredients:

Mineral Spirits Liquid

Add the paper towels–seriously could this be any easier?!?

I made sure it was completely saturated before I removed the inner cardboard.

Mineral Spirit Wipes Cardboard

And that is it!! So easy!

Mineral Spirit Wipes Finished Product

They actually don’t smell so bad…I don’t think you can ever get away with completely odorless mineral spirits, but these wipes are much milder and so easy to use and toss.


Some other ideas for an empty container:

1. An empty ice cream container

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2. An empty coffee “can”

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3. An empty cookie bucket

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