Wine barrel furniture can last a very long time given the proper care and maintenance. You want to treat wine barrel furniture very much the same as you would any other piece of wood furniture. That includes applying the proper finish as needed and keeping it out of direct sunlight during the majority of the day.
4 Tips for Long Lasting Wine Barrel Furniture
Apply Oil Finish Regularly, As Needed
The right finish is key to maintaining wine barrel furniture that lasts a long time. An oil finish is a popular option for barrel furniture especially if it is kept outdoors. Oils finish the wood and protect it from the outside-in. Plus, you can find a natural oil finish that does not have a glossy appearance. The finish should be applied periodically to ensure there is still a nice thick coat on the furniture at all times.
You’ll know it’s time to apply another coat of oil finish when:
- Water no longer beads up on the surface, but instead appears to soak through the wood.
- The wood is fading in color or taking on a gray hue
- Wood feels dry to the touch
You can use a variety of methods to apply the oil finish, including a rag, brush or sprayer. Always remove the excess build up.
Adding a varnish to your wine barrel furniture keeps maintenance low. After applying a coat of varnish, you won’t have to do much else for at least a year.
The type of varnish you apply can make a big difference to how well it holds up. A heavy-duty marine varnish is recommended if you want to add the most durability. When it’s time to re-varnish furniture, a lot of sanding is involved – and so, using a heavy-duty varnish will ensure you only have to do this once in a while. That’s the one downside to using a varnish, so carefully consider this option and all of the available varnishes on the market before adding a coat to maintain wine barrel furniture.
Put Wine Barrel Furniture in The Right Location
The area that your wine barrel furniture resides will play a big role in how well it holds up over time. The best place to store it is inside, where it will be out of the elements and away from the potential of weathering. Furniture that is kept indoors requires far less upkeep and maintenance, especially if it is in an area that is away from moisture.
If it is in a bathroom or another area with high moisture, there is greater concern for finishing the piece and applying a protective coat on a regular basis to keep moisture out of the wood.
When placing wine barrel furniture outside, there are certain precautions to take. For one, avoid placing it directly in the sunlight. Place it beneath a patio or other covering to avoid damage from the sun, as well as direct contact with rain and snow. The sun will typically do more damage than rain because oak is rather durable against water.
Keep it off the grass because this makes the bottom of the furniture more prone to rot because it can never fully dry out.
If you reside in a region with harsh winters, consider bringing your furniture indoors over winter to help prolong its lifespan.
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