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. I 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. I 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. Inside 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. This unique piece has just been sitting, holding frames since I picked it up. Just waiting for its turn to be used… Finally, 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! I 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…Laid the legs out on the bottom of the barrel and placed them where I wanted them. Drew a circle around each leg and drilled a hole in the middle of the circle. Pre-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. Attached 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. My “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. Oh, and see the wall? I’ll be sharing soon how I painted a plank wall…
And stay tuned next week for a special blog hop where your favourite bloggers will be sharing pictures of our homes decorated for the Holidays!