How-to-seal-a-wine-barrel Oak Wood Wine Barrels
June 29, 2024

How to seal a wine barrel?

The Art of Sealing: Protecting Your Wine Barrel's Beauty for Years to Come

We love seeing those old wine barrels transform into stunning furniture here at Oak Wood Wine Barrels! But there's a crucial step between a weathered barrel and a piece that'll stand the test of time: sealing. A little effort now means your barrel table, planter, or cozy armchair will look its best for years. It's easier than you might think!

Why Sealing Matters

Shield Against the Elements: Sealing is like a protective coat of armor against sun, rain, and those pesky temperature changes that stress wood over time.
Color Keeper: Without a sealant, that gorgeous wood tone will fade. Sealing helps lock in the rich hues.
Smooth Sailing: Who doesn't love a smooth finish? Sealant fills in rough spots and makes your piece even more of a joy to touch.

Choose Your Weapon (Wisely!)

Polyurethane Power: Your best all-rounder! Choose an exterior-grade polyurethane with UV protection for outdoor pieces. Water-based options are easier for cleanup.
Spar Urethane Superhero: For furniture facing relentless sun or frequent rains, spar urethane adds an extra layer of toughness.
The Natural Choice: Penetrating oils (think teak or tung oil) soak into the wood, offering deep nourishment and water resistance. They give a more rustic look.
Embracing the Weathered Look: Some folks love the silvery patina barrels get. Understandable! But even then, a basic sealant helps with long-term durability.

The Sealing Masterclass

Prep is King: Your barrel MUST be clean and dry. A light sanding with 220-grit sandpaper removes old finish and grime, helping your sealant bond like a pro.
Weather Wise: Mild, dry days are best for drying. Avoid super humid or freezing temps.
Apply with Care: Using a brush or clean rag, work in thin, even coats. (Follow your product instructions for drying times) Patience is key – thick globs lead to uneven results.
Ring Rescue: Don't forget the metal! Once the wood is sealed, a clear, rust-preventative spray keeps those hoops looking sharp.

A Word on Those Red Stains

Those gorgeous reddish marks inside your barrel are from the wine it once held! Many people choose to showcase them as part of the piece's story.

Maintenance Makes It Last

Even with the best sealant, inspect your barrel regularly. Reapply sealant as needed, usually every 1-2 years depending on your climate. A little upkeep goes a long way!

Inspiration Strikes

Planter Perfection: Seal the inside well if using it for plants to prevent rot.
Undercover Beauty: Barrel under a patio table? A light oiling might be enough.
Poolside Chic: Spar urethane is your friend for furniture that sees lots of water.
The Power of Community (That's You!)

Got a sealing success story or a before-and-after transformation? Share in the comments! And if you're ready to create your own piece of wine-country magic, check out our collection of reclaimed barrels. We can't wait to see what you'll dream up!

Interested in shopping for wine barrel furniture? You can browse our full collection of items ranging from coffee tables to home bar and game sets here!