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How to plant flowers or vegetables in a whiskey or wine barrel planter

Pictured: Wine Barrel Planter with flowers Whiskey and wine barrels have always made for excellent home decor – indoors and outdoors. While authentic, used barrels are undeniably rustic, they can be dressed up or down to fit a wide variety of design themes and schemes. However, one of our favorite...

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How to remove barrel char

Let’s not beat around the bush here. While we love the authentic, rustic nature of used whiskey and bourbon barrels, they can be a bit messy.  One of the primary culprits of this mess is the char on the inside of the barrel. Open one up and you’ll see what...

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How to Break Down a Whiskey or Wine Barrel

The number of DIY projects you can tackle with a reclaimed, white oak barrel is practically limitless. Staves, heads and rings are perfect when crafting one-of-a-kind furniture and decor. But what’s the best way to go about taking the barrel apart so you can actually use those parts? You could...

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How to extend the life of your barrel

Nobody wants a home decor barrel that looks like it’s about to fall apart. Luckily, barrels are fairly sturdy and can hold up against outdoor conditions for quite some time.  But – and there’s always a but, right? – everything has a lifespan.  Barrels are held together only with pressure....

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What is the difference between fresh-dumped & furniture/decor barrels?

It's one of the most common questions we get here at MWBC. So, what is the difference? The term "fresh dumped" means the barrel was recently dumped at the distillery and is now ready to be filled. Fresh dumped barrels are the more sought after bourbon barrel due to the...

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How to care for your decor barrel

So, you’ve got a barrel that you want to keep looking nice. We’re here for that – and we’re here to help. While we think all authentic barrels look great in their own way, we understand that appearance and condition are even more important when it comes to decor and...

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