Whoop, whoop it’s my favorite time of the year. After a long, dreary winter it makes my heart so happy to see the first signs of Spring. Our deciduous trees and shrubs have just started revealing their cloaks of budding leaves and velvet blossoms and all around us the birds are welcoming in the season with intimate, chirping duets. It feels like Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and festivity, has taken up residence in our back yard. Spring always makes me think of new beginnings and there’s a sense of hope and joy everywhere.
Talking about new beginnings, a friend of ours recently moved into a little cottage and she needed a wine rack for a tall, skinny spot in her kitchen. Now I don’t know about your part of the world, but here in South Africa, tall and skinny wine racks are not that easy to find. So the only alternative was to build her one from scratch.
After she sent us the tall, skinny measurements (865 mm x 255 mm x 345 mm or 34” x 10” x 13.5”), we threw some ideas a round.
Making the Wine Rack
To make the wine rack we used a scaffolding plank, tongue and groove boards (shiplap) and some 1 x 1. We cut two pieces from the scaffolding plank 255 mm x 345 mm 10” x 13.5” for the base and top of the rack. The scaffolding planks are 50 mm thick so the sides were cut into 815 mm (32″) lengths from the tongue and groove boards. To attach the base and top to the sides we cut four 1 x 1 cut into 335 mm pieces. My wood working skills are very basic and although I would have loved to make the inside wine storage bits using woody magic, I opted for the easy way out and used 110 mm PVC pipes instead. They’re just the right size to store a wine bottle. The pipes were cut into 330 mm using a jigsaw.
See those thread bars in the picture? I had this idea that I’d use them as extra support on the sides. Wine is precious and I didn’t want to risk the whole thing collapsing when it was full.
I found this gorgeous vintage sign over at The Graphics Fairy. Ahhh I love that site. They always have the best graphics and tons of tips and tricks on how to transfer them too.
Making the Wine Rack Pretty
When everything had been cut, sanded and prepped I could start with the fun stuff – making it pretty with Unicorn SPiT. The base and top planks were stained with Midnight Blackness, while the sides got a coat of Weathered Daydream and a lick of White Ning. See what I did there 😉 It’s the first time I used Midnight Blackness and it’s not really black. It’s more of a dark charcoal grey and just like the other colors it goes on beautifully without hiding the wood grain. I’m not sure if you can still get Weathered Daydream though, but it’s so easy to create a weathered barn wood look. Just spray the piece of wood with some water and use your fingers to smudge the SPiT in. The more SPiT you add the deeper the tones.
Once the SPiT dried, I used a semi-gloss polyurethane to seal everything before transferring the sign. The 1 x 1 were glued and screwed onto the sides before adding the top and base.
And wouldn’t you know it, the wine rack was stable. No wobble and I actually got the angles right. That only happens once in a blue moon. I think the last time was when we made our HOME shelf. This thing is a perfect tall, skinny rectangle. Happy dance…………. Do you do that too? All I needed to do was insert the PVC pipes and add two rusty hinges.
Handy tip – If you can’t find rusty hinges, just throw some new ones into a hot fire. When the fire goes out they’ll be transformed into awesome, rusty goodness.
I didn’t screw the tips of the hinges in. I figured if our friend adds a hook, maybe she could hang a corkscrew from them, or a pretty tea towel. What do you think?
So tell me, what’s your favorite season? Do you have one? Which ever one it might be, I hope you’ll have a lovely and blessed week filled with new beginnings. xoxoxoxo