I bought an old wine barrel second-hand. The owners said it was used previously as decoration in a restaurant.
I wanted to lighten up the colour so started to use sandpaper on certain parts. It was looking good so I thought I would continue, but then considered if I should be taking any precautions.
Do you think it’s safe to sandpaper by hand? Am I putting anything dangerous in the air that I shouldn’t be breathing?
I’m not sure what kind of stains are on the barrel or if it just looks like that because it’s very old.
I never do any wood work so all advice appreciated.
Do I need to be careful or am I just fine to go ahead?