Pull up a chair and sit awhile

@JudyEv (92155)
Bunbury, Australia
February 6, 2017 6:08pm CST
I was searching for a particular photo (didn't find it) but came across this which shows clever recycling – particularly if you buy your wine in barrels. These smart tub chairs and table were in Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland, not far from the Giant's Causeway. We were given, or rather paid for, an interesting tour of the distillery and were able to have a small sample at the end. When we first moved here we had some plant pots made of half-barrels but the termites loved them and they eventually fell to pieces. I like these tub chairs though, don't you?
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@bagarad (7712)
• Paso Robles, California
8 Feb
Those look more comfortable than the barrel chairs I see for sale here. I have photos, but I can't find them now. They are made entirely of the wood from the barrels, but only as building materials for the chairs. No padding.
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb
I think they'd be a bit hard without padding.
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@bagarad (7712)
• Paso Robles, California
8 Feb
@JudyEv They have never looked very comfortable to me, but they seem to sell. One of the people who makes them is a retired cardiologist. My husband was his last patient when I took him to the ER with chest pain. He advised my husband to get the stent he now has. The doctor is also married to an artist friend of mine.
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb
@bagarad Our tub chairs are comfortable but they are padded.
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• Preston, England
7 Feb
great chairs and a really imaginative way to recycle the old barrels
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Feb
They look good don't they? Particularly in such a setting as the distillery.
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• Preston, England
7 Feb
@JudyEv appropriate place for them, and even the casters look quite good
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@moffittjc (32938)
• Gainesville, Florida
7 Feb
What a great use for old barrels! I've seen tables made from them, but I'v never seen old barrels converted into chairs. Definitely a creative way to recycle!
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Feb
They look great don't they? I'd love a couple like this.
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@moffittjc (32938)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Feb
@JudyEv Does the distillery sell them? Or is there a retailer that makes and sells them? I think they would be quite popular.
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb
@moffittjc I don't think I've ever seen them for sale and these in the bar area weren't for sale either.
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@pgntwo (20457)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
8 Feb
The distillery at Bushmills used to serve much larger measures - I went to college not too far away, and always managed a trip to the distillery each of my 3 years there.
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb
We enjoyed the tour there. We also toured the Guiness factory later in our trip.
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@pgntwo (20457)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
9 Feb
@JudyEv Oh, the Guinness Storehouse is a wonderful place to visit. I am a Guinness Ambassador, y'see.
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
@pgntwo Hey, that's cool. What does an Ambassador do? Do you work in Dublin where we went to the showroom? I hate to admit it but neither of us like Guinness. Vince likes Harp and in pubs I usually opt for Baileys on ice.
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• Greece
11 Feb
They are absolutely beautiful and they look comfortable too. They would give any room a lovely relaxed air. Beautiful for a patio with a little topical refreshments!
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb
They would suit an outdoor setting or pool area, wouldn't they?
• Greece
13 Feb
@JudyEv such unusual furniture would suit anywhere really.
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb
@41CombedaleRoad That's true. We have two tub chairs in our lounge along with our recliners.
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@teamfreak16 (33598)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Feb
Those are cool. I'd find a way to make those work if I owned a place.
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb
They'd look great in an outdoor/bar/pool type area.
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@teamfreak16 (33598)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Feb
@JudyEv - Or a basement with a bar, a big TV, and lot's of sports paraphernalia!
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb
@teamfreak16 Sounding good!
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@xFiacre (10130)
• Ireland
7 Feb
@judyev most inventive. And isn't the small sample very small at Bushmills? Still, most people who visit are driving!
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Feb
Yes the sample was pretty small. I can't remember where we camped that night.
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@xFiacre (10130)
• Ireland
7 Feb
@JudyEv Where the stars up above you? If not then your sample of Bushmills was perhaps too large.
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Feb
@xFiacre I think if I remember rightly the young guy giving out the samples was from Tasmania. We chatted to him later and have a photo with him so perhaps we inveigled our way to an extra tipple.
@marguicha (78451)
• Chile
8 Feb
The chairs are beautiful!
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb
They're a bit different too aren't they?
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@marguicha (78451)
• Chile
8 Feb
@JudyEv They are different. I love them!
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@LadyDuck (113542)
• Switzerland
7 Feb
I love them too. There are many usage for old barrels. I have a project to use one to plant flowers.
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb
Do you have white ants (termites) there? If you do you might want to use a protective spray on the barrels first.
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@LadyDuck (113542)
• Switzerland
8 Feb
@JudyEv No, we have no termites here in Switzerland, but those that are sold in stores are already treated to be sure you do not bring home problems.
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@celticeagle (113065)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Feb
So you can keep this memory of the distillery and find a use for it so it isn't just setting around. THey are cute.
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb
I'd like some on our verandah.
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@celticeagle (113065)
• Boise, Idaho
8 Feb
@JudyEv ......That would be a good spot.
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@Kandae11 (23569)
7 Feb
Very unique and comfortable looking.
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Feb
Tub chairs are surprisingly comfortable.
@Kandae11 (23569)
7 Feb
@JudyEv And they can be dressed up nicely with the right color cushions to match the decor.
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@Juliaacv (20729)
• Canada
7 Feb
I like them, they are so unique looking!
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Feb
They're a bit different aren't they?
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@Juliaacv (20729)
• Canada
7 Feb
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@Tampa_girl7 (21065)
• United States
9 Feb
Yes, I love them. I wouldn't mind having them
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb
They'd be good outdoors or in a games room.
@Ronrybs (7077)
• London, England
8 Feb
Rather nifty, not sure I'd have them at home. Perfect for the pub!
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Feb
That's true - or a games room if you had one.
@shaggin (24205)
• United States
8 Feb
I love this table and especially the chairs. Whoever created these did a great job they are very creative!
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb
They really looked 'in place' in the Bushmills' lounge.
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@just4him (85432)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Feb
They look like they might also be comfortable. Very good use of the old barrels. They are very nice.
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb
They are comfortable although perhaps not for long periods as there is no head rest.
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@Madshadi (2702)
• Brussels, Belgium
8 Feb
very creative
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb
They look good don't they - and they really fitted well in a bar.
@garymarsh6 (12117)
• United Kingdom
8 Feb
OH yes. I love quirky things like that!
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@LeaPea2417 (13611)
• Toccoa, Georgia
8 Feb
Those are very nice. That is a great way to recycle the barrels.
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb
I think they are really attractive.
@PatZAnthony (11721)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
8 Feb
We know someone with a set similar to this. It must be popular to recycle these barrells. The termites are an issue here, too. Many of our garden timbers have been rendered sawdust.
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@JudyEv (92155)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Feb
I didn't even think about termites when we made them into plant pots. We could have sprayed them first. They weren't cheap either.