Wine Barrel Bed for a Little Dog in a Big Dog’s Body

On impulse, I bought a quarter wine barrel at Wimberly Winery, a winery in the Texas Hill Country.  Sure, most people would plant something in it, but I felt like it was a good size for a dog bed.  We already have a wine barrel bistro table that I made from a Becker Vineyards barrel, so the dog bed would be refinished to match the table.

 

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Before spending time refinishing something the dogs wouldn’t lay in, I put it in the living room with some pillows as bait.  Sure enough, Ginger climbs right in and curls into a ball (like a cat).  Ok Ginger, I’ll fix it up for you.

 

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Gathering supplies, I purchased two pine rounds (24″ for the base and 18″ to hold the barrel in place), wood glue, Rust-oleum textured black spray paint, Minwax PolyShades in Honey, painter’s tape, wooden table feet, and brackets.  I glued the smaller round to the larger one and let dry overnight.  I also stained the feet and barrel and let dry overnight.  I did not stain the inside of the barrel, as the red wine staining already added charm.

 

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Taping the wood on the barrel was the most time consuming part of the process, but once it was taped I spray painted the metal rings black.  I also spray painted the bottom pine round (the small round would be covered by the barrel).

 

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After everything was dry, I installed feet brackets, screwed in the feet and added felt pads.

 

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Finally I set the barrel on the base, added 2 large square pillows.  I had considered making a round pillow for the bed, but Ginger seemed to like the square pillows just fine.

 

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Whatever makes you happy, Ginger.

 

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