I have been in the process of redoing my living room and there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel 😉  One of the last things that I needed, for now, was a small table for the corner.  an empty spot waiting for a side tableI had picked up this cheese barrel about a year and half ago and at the time, had no idea what I was going to use it for.  I was drawn to its age and beauty and it was less than $20! so I grabbed it. an antique cheese barrel found in Perth, Ontario CanadaI think it is incredible that it has held together so well for something that is probably about 100 years old.  It was in remarkable shape and still had its original lid.  old nails on an antique cheese barrelInside the lovely barrel, I found a very old newspaper.  I can’t tell because of an ink smudge but it is either from 1933 or 1935!  It is really amazing to think that it was preserved for that long inside not to mention how interesting to see what made the headlines over 80 years ago. an old newspaper found inside of an old cheese barrellThis unique piece has just been sitting, holding frames since I picked it up.  Just waiting for its turn to be used…  an old newspaper found inside of an old cheese barrelFinally, the other day, I remember it.  After trying two other tables in the empty corner, I thought I would dig it out and see what it would look like.

It was perfect! reclaimed wood legsI grabbed these four reclaimed legs that I bought for $1 and they were the exact height I needed.  Don’t you love when things work out like that?

Here is what I did to turn the cheese box into a side table…adding reclaimed wood legs to an old cheese barrel to make a side tableLaid the legs out on the bottom of the barrel and placed them where I wanted them.  holes drilled into an antique cheese barrel to add legsDrew a circle around each leg and drilled a hole in the middle of the circle.  pre-drilling holes in reclaimed wood legsPre-drilled a small hole in the end of each leg.  The pre-drilled hole helped when I attached the legs so that they went on straight and tight. inside an antique cheese barrelAttached a screw from the inside of the barrel through the bottom and into each leg.

With the legs attached, I turned it over and had my side table.  I don’t think I am going to paint this as I really like the colour of the wood.  The legs were pretty beat up but I like that too… they look like they have been together with the barrel for years.  turning an old cheese barrel into a side table with reclaimed legsMy “new” cheese barrel side table works wonderfully in the corner.  It fills it in just enough to not be overwhelming while adding a spot to put things.  turning an old cheese barrel into a side tableOh, and see the wall? I’ll be sharing soon how I painted a plank wall…

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I have 4 lovely thoughts, I would love to hear yours.

  1. How awesome! I love what you did to this piece of history!

    • Thanks! It always feels so special to include something like this in your home. I am totally in love with it 😉

  2. Maia says:

    Agree that you shouldn’t paint such an awesome piece of history that looks good as is! That said, I love to paint almost everything I get my hands on!

    • 🙂 Haha me too, but this is staying just as it is. I’m with you and I don’t want to cover that beautiful wood!

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