July 17, 2013

Built-In Wine Cabinet

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!" 


Before                                                                                After


Here is what I did:
  • 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!


  1. That looks sweet! :) Well done.


  2. Very nice and creative....looks beautiful! Thanks for visiting my blog and I am your newest follower....Blessings....from one sweetie to another~~~Roxie

  3. love this idea. I'm not one to qualify as classy, but still would love to have it in my house. thinking I may do it in my kitchen's glass door cabinets. Anyway, it's a wonderful idea. I'm now your newest follower.

  4. I just found your blog through French Country Cottage. I've become your newest follower via GFC (Google Friend Connect). I love finding new blogs and I can't wait to follow your adventures. Stop by for a visit sometime or maybe link one of your posts to my Wednesday Fluster's Creative Muster Party.

    Hugs, Smiles and Blessings,
    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  5. A great solution for your wine storage! MAybe someday you'll come across a small vintage iron gate that would fit the opening!
    Thank you for being my newest follower! I am now yours!
    Happy Summer!

    1. That sounds like it would be perfect for the opening! I will have to keep an eye out for the perfect one! Thanks so much for visiting me and for following! Have a wonderful day!

  6. Looks so juicy and so fresh. Delicious.....

  7. Wow what a great blog, i really enjoyed reading this, good luck in your work. Wine cabinet



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