Wine! A drink I love to relax with. Perfect to pair with almost any meal. A must-have in our home.
When we moved into this house last fall we really missed the built-in wine rack that we had in our last house. I just love the look of a built-in wine rack. To me it says "class", it says "elegance", it says "we are prepared to relax and unwind at any given moment." It's built-in, it's part of the deal.
All hope for a built-in wine cabinet was not lost because this house did have a built-in cabinet. I think it was meant to store dishes, linens and towels. I thought I could do something with the lower compartment, but what?
Inspiration hit when we were dining at a restaurant in Downtown Denver. They stored their wine on shelves with long skinny dowels separating the wine. I thought, "That looks so simple! I can do that!"
- Bought 1/2" thick boards and long wooden dowels that were 1"x 3/4". I would have preferred 1" x 1" but they didn't have that size. They come in varying lengths so you can just cut them down to size.
- I asked Mr. H to cut everything to size for me (I admit I'm scared of power saws!) and I started assembling it. I left the top shelf without dowels to store decanters and other wine-related items.
- I used a manual staple/nail gun to fasten all the dowels to the shelves (okay, I'm scared of those air compressor nail guns too!) A good tip is to cut a piece of wood to use as a spacer so your dowels are spaced evenly.
- Lastly, I used a simple white paint from Home Depot in a semi-gloss finish and painted the rest of the cabinet as well.
And now we have a built-in wine cabinet once more!