So here’s a project I built back in December (one of the gifts I built for several family members 😉 )and I’m just now posting it, but hey, better late than never, right?! As I was looking for ideas for Xmas gifts that I could make (on Pinterest, of course), I came across a beautiful DIY wine rack made of wood that just called out to me and I knew that wine rack would be the gift to make! But of course, before I made one for everyone else, I just HAD to test it out first by building one for myself! (Doesn’t everyone do that??)
The wine rack I found was on Shanty-2-Chic’s awesome website. You can find the tutorial for the wine rack here: http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2014/02/diy-wine-rack.html.
I did end up making a few modifications to give it a little more pizzaz!
I did keep the length of the wine rack the same as in their instructions and built the backing as instructed. However, I placed the shelves lower to the bottom to create more room at the top to allow room for my design. Here you can see the there is more space above the top shelf than the original. The top shelf is 8 1/2″ down from the top of the wine rack, and the lower shelf is 3″ up from the bottom. The rest of the shelves are still spaced 6 1/2″ apart, as in the original instructions:
And here you can see (all) the wine racks I was building with all shelves attached, notice the large space above the top shelf!
I attached the front boards on the shelves following the plans on the Shanty-2-Chic website and also stained using the same color as in the original instructions (Dark Walnut).
Once the stain had dried, I used Microsoft Word to create a design I liked (the word “Wine” in a pretty font as well as a picture of a wine glass and wine bottle). I then traced the wording and pictures into the wood above the top shelf of the wine rack and painted the traced design in white paint. You can see the tracing technique I used here.
Here is the end result of the tracing and painting:
The only other modification I made was the label holders. I ended up using larger label holders (I used holders that were 1 1/2″ tall x 3″ wide) so I could fit the name of the type of wine on each shelf. On card stock, I printed several names of types of wines and then cut out the names using my paper-cutter (cut them to a size that would fit the label holders I used). So each person who received one of these DIY wine racks also received a stack of labels with different wine types that they could switch out depending on the type of wine on each shelf of the rack! Here are some more pics of my modified version of the wine rack: