From old, aged and falling apart to a beautiful refurbished barrel.

I was worried that I wouldn't be able to return these wine barrels to their original glory (at least close to it with a slight modification) but through a lot of work with sanding, grinding, more sanding, grinding again and brushing the bands with a wire wheel, I was able to achieve this look which I kinda like.  I was curious to see how the barrel would look with a sort of brushed metal finish, and this is the result.