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DIY Wine Barrel Market Light Posts (with ABS Pipe)

Hello friends! While we may be quarantining it up right now, that doesn’t mean that Spring isn’t in the air. And that means summer is just around the corner. Here at the Fiddle Leaf House, we spend so many days and evenings out on our patio as the weather gets warmer, so adding some light and ambiance was key! If you can believe it, these wine barrel market light posts were our very FIRST DIY in this home when we moved in 3 years ago! I wasn’t blogging back then, so I didn’t take any photos. But when we replaced our original faux wine barrels for real ones this past summer, I took a few photos of the process for you! I hope you’ll visit me on my blog for more fun projects!This is a GREAT quarantine project because you can order materials online and then try out your local hardware stores curbside pickup for the bigger things, like the whiskey barrels, dirt, and plants. Many local nurseries are also doing local delivery right now too. And of course, if you’re reading this after quarantine life is over, then all you have to do is make a quick run to your local hardware store to pick up everything you need!

EDIT: Little did I know, this is ABS pipe not PVC pipe. Thanks for the correction. On that note, we have had no issues with it bending over time due to the heavy gauge wire in place. We have made small adjustments on one occasion. As a reader noted, you can seal PVC pipe to protect it from the sun – I would still spray with spray paint as I did here and then add a clear top coat as well.

diy wine barrel market light posts

Quickly, before we get started, let me say this. I have seen similar projects done in many different ways, the most common being using wood posts that are attached to the bottom of the barrels. Let me tell you WHY we did this project differently. Over time, your barrels WILL rot – they are wood, and it’s inevitable. Same with any wooden post – over time, the post will give out. Sure, it might be several years, but how annoying to have to completely remake the entire project. And what a waste too if only the post or only the barrel is rotting! The way we did it, with the ABS pipe inside of a bucket, you don’t have to worry about this. First, the ABS pipe is plastic, so you don’t have to worry about rot. And when your wine barrels eventually rot (we predict the genuine ones will last 4-5 years), all you have to do is remove the plants/dirt, pull out your buckets/pipes, and place them into new wine barrels. Replant, adjust your heavy gauge wire, and you’re good to go. We had to do this process last summer as I mentioned because our faux barrels rotted, and the original project time was cut in less than half!

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