Sun and weather take a toll on outdoor furniture. I had four outdoor bar stools covered with plastic resin wicker that had cracked and split. I priced new outdoor bar stools, ($75 and up x 4.) I figured I could renovate my old stools for about the price a single new chair. The plastic wicker had to go, but the powder-coated steel frames still looked good. I repurposed an old whiskey/wine half-barrel to provide all the material for the seats, backs and bracing. If you are even a little bit handy, possess basic wood working skills, and have some ordinary tools, you can knock this out over a couple of weekends. I wound up with great looking and very serviceable barstools from a single half-barrel and a hand-full of screws.

Step 1: Remove Resin Plastic Wicker

You can see how the plastic had cracked and split. I cut away the plastic wicker from the barstool frames using a utility knife; taking care not to scratch the powder coating.
Brilliant. I have some similar chairs with some kind of non-plastic wicker on them that have been beaten by the sun. <br>This would be a brilliant option. <br>I'll keep my eyes open for some cheap wine barrels. <br>Thank you very much for the inspiration. <br>
Thanks for the good words. Scout the big-box home improvement centers. This time of year you may find half-barrels that have fallen apart and they will sell for $10-15.
Fantastic. I am re-inspired to use the full length barrel stave I have stacked up in my junk room. Good looking chairs!
Thanks. Try these three shortcuts to save some time. #1: Skip the bleaching process by sanding the staves down to the bare wood on both sides; #2: Take off the rust on the hoops with a 50/50 mix of linseed oil and mineral spirits and when dry, spray them with clear spar urethane; #3 Use a combination stain and spar urethane spray product which eliminates the two-step satin and finish process plus this cuts way down on the dry times.
They turned out really nice
Appreciate the compliment. These will last a long time..
Great! I have some old wine barrels and the chairs... now I only need time to put them all together. :-)

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