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Revamped Olive Oil Barrels - Ανανεωμένα Βαρέλια Λαδιού

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 At the farm, we have a few of these barrels lying around.  I believe in days gone by these were used for storing olive oil.  They may also have been used for storing rain water… before they rusted. 

Today I am going to show you how I revamped the olive oil barrels.

Στο αγρόκτημα, έχουμε μερικά από αυτά τα βαρέλια. Πιστεύω ότι παλιότερα αυτά χρησίμευαν για την αποθήκευση του ελαιολάδου.  Μπορούν επίσης να έχουν χρησιμοποιηθεί για την αποθήκευση του νερού της βροχής … πριν σκουριάσουν.

Rusty barrel, Revamped Olive Oil Barrels
When we first moved to Greece, I found a few in the basement.  I dragged them upstairs to the balcony.  Even back then I was repurposing without actually knowing the word for the activity!

Όταν πρώτο-μετακομίσαμε στην Ελλάδα, βρήκα μερικά στο υπόγειο. Τα έσυρα επάνω στο μπαλκόνι. Ακόμα και τότε έκανα αναπροσανατολισμό σε αντικείμενα χωρίς πραγματικά να ξέρω τη λέξη για τη δραστηριότητα!
Before, Revamped Olive Oil Barrels
My thinking was they are big, and they are for storage, so why not use them as such. But the exterior left much to be desired. 

Η σκέψη μου ήταν ότι είναι μεγάλα, και είναι για την αποθήκευση, οπότε γιατί να μην τα χρησιμοποιήσω έτσι. Αλλά το εξωτερικό χρειαζόταν δουλειά.
Before the touch ups of barrel, Revamped Olive Oil Barrels
So I painted them using whatever I had in the house at the time.  

Γι ‘αυτό και τα ζωγράφισα χρησιμοποιώντας ότι είχα στο σπίτι εκείνη τη στιγμή.
Side of painted barrel, Revamped Olive Oil Barrels
Flowers on side of barrel, Revamped Olive Oil Barrels
flowers on top of barrel, Revamped Olive Oil Barrels
Here is another one that has seen better days. I had let the kids paint this one. 

Εδώ είναι ένα άλλο που έχει δει καλύτερες μέρες. Άφησα τα παιδιά να το ζωγραφίσουν.
Side of rusty barrel, Revamped Olive Oil Barrels
It needs all the help it can get. 

Χρειάζεται πολύ βοήθεια.
Top of barrel before, Revamped Olive Oil Barrels
The first step was to paint it a neutral grey color. 

Το πρώτο βήμα ήταν να βαφεί ένα ουδέτερο γκρι χρώμα.
Painting the barrel grey, Revamped Olive Oil Barrels
I traced a fleur de Lis onto the sides and on the top of the barrel using a sharpie. 

 Έχω αντιγράψει ένα Ανθός στις πλευρές και στην κορυφή του βαρελιού  με 

ανεξίτηλο μαρκαδόρο.
Fleur de Lis on side, Revamped Olive Oil Barrels
 Then I added some flourish to it, and painted the rings white. 
Πρόσθεσα κάποιες άλλες πινελιες  και ζωγράφισα τα άσπρα δαχτυλίδια.
Top of barrel, Revamped Olive Oil Barrels
And here is my revamped barrel.  It can be used for storage but also as an end table.

Και εδώ είναι το  ανανεωμένο μου βαρέλι. Μπορεί να χρησιμοποιηθεί για την αποθήκευση, αλλά επίσης ως τραπεζάκι.
Barrel as side table, Revamped Olive Oil Barrels
Fleur de Lis on top of barrel, Revamped Olive Oil Barrels
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Revamped Olive Oil Barrels
And so that is how I revamped the olive oil barrels.  As of now I have these 2 on my balcony, but you never know what else I might come up with.   The grey one was painted by my older daughter (thanks kid!! )  It was a messy job, but well worth it.  Now the other one with the flowers   just got a touch up.  What do you think, should I keep it like that or transform it into something more sophisticated?

Και αυτή είναι η ιστορία των βαρελιών μου. Μέχρι τώρα έχω αυτά τα δύο στο μπαλκόνι μου, αλλά ποτέ δεν ξέρεις τι άλλο θα μαζέψω. Το γκρίζο ήταν ζωγραφισμένο από τη μεγαλύτερη κόρη μου (ευχαριστώ!!) ήταν μια ακατάστατη δουλειά, αλλά άξιζε τον κόπο. Τώρα το άλλο με τα λουλούδια, πήρε μόνο ένα φρεσκάρισμα. Τι νομίζετε, θα έπρεπε να το κρατήσω έτσι ή να το μετατρέψω σε κάτι πιο κομψό


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Wednesday 16th of May 2018

I love what you have done with these barrels! So artistic.

Michelle Marttila - Happy Heart™ Made

Tuesday 19th of July 2016

What a gold mine you found in your basement and on the farm! Love how you repurposed them for your porch and home! Thanks for sharing!!!


Friday 22nd of July 2016

Thank you Michelle. That basement is just full of treasures.

Leanne |

Sunday 28th of May 2017

What a great idea Mary - I love the grey one - understated and a little bit funky. You are so clever with all the things you revamp and bring back to life x


Monday 29th of May 2017

Leanne it's either upcycle them or throw them away, and you know I can't bear to do that. Thanks for the visit.

Carol ("Mimi")

Monday 29th of May 2017

I love the different styles of decoration that you painted on your olive oil barrels. They make great little side tables for porch, patio, or lawn.


Monday 29th of May 2017

They are big and sturdy. Carol my balcony is very windy so these really stand up to all the blowing.

Marie|The Interior Frugalista

Monday 29th of May 2017

I saw your link at the Over The Moon party and thought I'd seen all your posts but apparently this must've been before I discovered your blog. What a great idea to paint old olive barrels and use them as side tables on your balcony - so pretty! Now I can only imagine you hauling this up from your basement, grunting and groaning the whole way up. What us DIYers will do for a project. Pinned :)


Monday 29th of May 2017

Yep Marie, I was a lot slimmer back then. I actually used to do projects instead of sit in front of the computer all day. Lol!

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