Wooden Wine Barrel Lid ~ Frenchified

April 16, 2012

Okay so I'm not really sure what you even call this thing. Wooden-plate-that-looks-hauntingly-like-an-aged- wine-barrel-lid?  I picked it up for a song (around $1.99) at Goodwill a few months ago, not knowing exactly what I was going to do with it.  I just knew that I had seen similar stuff (Frenchified, of course) being sold by Pottery Barn, Frontgate, Williams Sonoma, Plow and Hearth to name a few and thought it had potential.  Then I saw Sherry at No Minimalist Here take the plunge and create a beautiful French-inspired lazy susan and knew I had to try it.  Many months later......

Here it is, plain and simple. I debated over it for a while. What type of image to put on it, as well as HOW to put the image on it.  I've been researching graphic transfer methods lately and I will be sharing my thoughts on that with you all soon.  For now I decided to go with the freezer paper method I read about here over at Musings From a French Cottage.  (Make sure you visit the link because I don't feel qualified to give you any instructions on this. For me it was trial and error.)

I wanted a French look, so I used this graphic from our beloved  Graphics Fairy.  I printed it out on the freezer paper just like the instructions said, and I burnished the image just like the instructions said, with this result.

Here's a close up of the top part.

And here's the bottom.

I was really disappointed that the image was so faint.  (But hello, the tutorial said that that was part of the charm, especially for pillows, so I should have realized I might need another transfer method for wood.) Perhaps I'll try to darken it with a Sharpie paint pen.  (I'm always afraid that I'm just going to make it worse if I mess with it, you know?)  Despite this, compared to the $149 version from Frontgate, I'm pretty pleased!

For now it holds a place of honor above the armoire in our family room.

Since it's not a lazy susan per se, I have plans to use it in tandem with an actual large wooden lazy susan I found around the same time at another Goodwill (I know, the luck!).  But of course, there may be some painting involved first......I'll keep you posted.

Hope you all have a great week!


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Sabrina said...

It's beautiful! I ordered a real lazy susan wine barrel lid from etsy a few months back and it was $125. Yours is just as pretty. My advice? Don't try to sharpie it, it looks good the way it is!

Anita at Cedar Hill said...

I love it!! That is gorgeous and you got it for a song. Yes it is faint, but I still really, really love it. I bought one at Tuesday morning a few months ago and we keep it on the table. It came with two handles.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

It's PERFECT just the way it is. PLEASE don't change a thing!
NO NO Don't darken it, THEN it will look fake.
Have a great week,
Hugs to you,

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I like it a lot! I personally would not use a sharpie on it. With the date 1914 on it - the faded look works.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Wow what a fabulous piece. I love it the way it is....gorgeous.


Privet and Holly said...

I honestly think
that the lightness
makes it more authentic
and unusual......lovely!
I now want to find my
own lazy Susan to have
fun with!

Happy Tuesday,
xx Suzanne

Beth said...

I LOVE this! I wouldn't touch it up if I were you. I would love to have one myself to hang in my little alcove area of my kitchen! I don't know that I've seen these anywhere (yet) but you can bet I'm keeping my eyes peeled for them now!

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon Designs said...

I agree with the other ladies.... it looks fabulous just the way it is! Can't wait to see if you pair it with the lazy susan. Just so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

Take care,


Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I think it looks perfect! But it's always a hard call to decide when to stop tweaking!

The Charm of Home said...

Oh, I like it ageded. Nice job on the finish! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

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