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How to Make a Tall, Skinny, Little Wine Rack

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 little 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.

A tall and skinny little wine rack for a small space

Just an idea

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 Little Wine Rack

To make the wine rack we used a scaffolding plank, tongue and groove boards, shiplap will also work 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 used 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 (12.5″) using a jigsaw.

A tall and skinny little wine rack for a small space

Hope everything fits

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.

#NOVINOPHOBIA: The fear of running out of wine 😉Click to Tweet

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.

A tall and skinny little wine rack for a small space

Some graphics

Making the Little 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.

A tall and skinny little wine rack for a small space

Weathered Daydream

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.

A tall and skinny little wine rack for a small space

Will it work?

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.

A tall and skinny little wine rack for a small space

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.

A tall and skinny little wine rack for a small space

Love those rusty hinges

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Oooooh look, it's wine o'clock 😉Click to Tweet

The PVC pipe is just the right size to hold a wine bottle and you won’t believe all the things you can make using that pipe. Like this wooden cable spool table or what about some gabion planters? 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.

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Let’s have some wine

I would love to know what you think of the tall, skinny, little wine rack. Is it something you’d make for your home. If you like the idea don’t forget to pin it for later.
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Pinny please

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

Made with love by a Crafty Mix




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  • Posted: September 16, 2017 06:49

    Julia - Vintage with Laces

    Hi Michelle, I'm sorry that I'm so late. I still don't get updates of your blog on Bloglovin'. This is another fantastic furniture project! Your friend must be so happy to know such a talented couple. I love the color, the graphic and the rusty hinges. Very well done!!!!
    • Posted: September 16, 2017 10:28


      Ahhhh Julia, I just can't seem to figure Bloglovin' out. For some reason I have two profiles, neither of which work too well ;-) And you're never late, I love it when you pop in to say hi
  • Posted: September 12, 2017 05:18

    Elizabeth O

    This little wine rack looks so simple yet so stunning. I really like the vintage look of it.
    • Posted: September 19, 2017 14:57


      Thank you Elizabeth ;-)
  • Posted: September 11, 2017 13:11

    Christina Makri

    It is a brilliant idea and the result is just gorgeous!!! I am so jealous of all the paint work you did! I try to figure out how I can achieve this result!
    • Posted: September 11, 2017 13:42


      You can do it Christina, you're so talented. I know it might be difficult to find Unicorn SPiT in Greece, but we couldn't get in here in South Africa either and I just contacted Michelle, the brain behind US, and she was super helpful. I really love the stuff.
  • Posted: September 11, 2017 11:52


    Super stunning, Michelle. I love this little wine rack. What a great gift! Your projects are always so unique and beautiful!
    • Posted: September 11, 2017 12:32


      Thanks so much Carolann :D
  • Posted: September 9, 2017 12:55

    FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks

    I love that Michelle! Love the addition of the rusty hinges! I didn't know the tip about how to get them rusty in a hurry. That's good to know. You are so creative!
    • Posted: September 10, 2017 04:45


      The hubby taught me that trick Florence. He's a clever man ;-)
  • Posted: September 9, 2017 03:07


    I'm pretty sure that this needs to be in my life, it's absolutely gorgeous! Wine is my fav lol and the antique look to this is awesome. Not too long ago I did a post using pvc to make a shoe rack! So I will surely have to keep this in mind as well. Great job!
    • Posted: September 9, 2017 05:28


      :D Thanks so much Shawna, I'll have to check out your PVC pipe shoe rack. I love using PVC pipes to make things
  • Posted: September 8, 2017 22:43

    Keri Roberts

    Michelle, this is super cool! I'm sure your friend is going to love it!! I really like the finish and the graphic you put on it. Very cool!!
    • Posted: September 9, 2017 05:29


      Thanks so much my friend, we've got a few more projects planned for her little cottage ;-)
  • Posted: September 8, 2017 17:57


    It looks grand! My hubs would love to have one just like this!
    • Posted: September 9, 2017 05:31


      Thank you Maya :D
  • Posted: September 8, 2017 12:34


    Wow! Such a brilliant idea but i don't think i have the skills for this. However, I'm also happy spring is here :)
    • Posted: September 8, 2017 14:32


      Me too Anna :D When I built something for the very first time I also thought I didn't have the skills, but I really wanted to learn and now I abSooooLutely love it, even though some things still don't work out like they should. Thanks so much for coming to say hi
  • Posted: September 8, 2017 01:17


    This is fantastic, Michelle! It turned out just gorgeous! Spring is my favorite season, but over here, we are just heading into fall (my second favorite). :) I'm cracking up at your tweets - #novinophobia. :D
    • Posted: September 8, 2017 06:21


      ;-) I'm glad you liked it Amy, thanks so much and I must admit I'm more of a #noaleophobia kinda person ;-)
  • Posted: September 7, 2017 17:06


    Oh my gosh, this is such a great idea! I will definitely be trying to make this and even passing it onto my friends. Love your tutorial, it was so easy to understand! xo
    • Posted: September 8, 2017 12:29


      That's great Talina. I always worry that the tutorials aren't detailed enough, especially since I'm learning too and often forget to take photos of that crucial stage
  • Posted: September 7, 2017 11:59


    This is so cute, I love it. I can't build anything, but I could probably do this!
    • Posted: September 7, 2017 16:39


      You never know until you try ;-) Thanks so much Thena
  • Posted: September 7, 2017 05:43


    That looks so cool and so easy to make. I bet you can make it from scraps.
    • Posted: September 7, 2017 16:38


      You probably can Luci, thank you ;-)
  • Posted: September 6, 2017 19:39


    You've done such a great job and make it seem so easy. I love wine and have so many bottles in my collection. I think I should make me a similar one for when I move.
    • Posted: September 7, 2017 05:47


      That's great Odette, I'm glad you liked it and good luck with the move
  • Posted: September 6, 2017 13:06


    This is SO cool! I love how this used all recycled materials and a great tip on 'aging' the hinges!
    • Posted: September 7, 2017 05:47


      Thanks so much Lauren :D
  • Posted: September 6, 2017 04:10


    This is so awesome! You did a wonderful job! I love the sign that you added. I also like that I learned a new word with Novinophobia. 😂
    • Posted: September 6, 2017 05:25


      :D LOL, don't you just love that word :D
  • Posted: September 6, 2017 04:06


    I love fun diy projects. This is actually something I would like to try! I'm saving this so I can make it one day!
    • Posted: September 7, 2017 05:48


      I'm glad to hear that Oyinkan, thanks so much
  • Posted: September 5, 2017 23:59


    Great idea, Michelle! Fabulous creation, my friend! I love it! You inspire me! Thank you for the tip. I did not know how to make an iron rusty. Kisses!
    • Posted: September 6, 2017 05:24


      Thanks so much Mia for those lovely words <3
  • Posted: September 5, 2017 23:41

    Angie ~ Ambient Wares

    Wow, Michelle! I love all the little touches and how awesome that your friend needed something and you certainly delivered. It's sad to say Summer is definitely winding down here. Can I just come live with you for a little while ;)
    • Posted: September 6, 2017 05:16


      Of course you can Angie, I'll get the guest room ready for you and the hubby ;-)
  • Posted: September 5, 2017 22:24

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    I love how the wine rack turned out! It's beautiful! You are so clever, always coming up with something fun and unique. I will have to remember the tip on rusting hinges. I'm sure your friend will love her new skinny wine rack.
    • Posted: September 6, 2017 05:21


      :D Thanks so much Linda. The hubby taught me the trick about fire and rust. He loves making huge bonfires and experimenting
  • Posted: September 5, 2017 16:33


    Michelle I could definitely use one of these. We actually buy our wine in the gallon size these really large jugs. Because we live in wine country so there are lots of wineries here. Is that how they are called. Love the rustic goodness of your wine rack and those hinges...ohh!!
    • Posted: September 6, 2017 05:23


      I actually though of you Mary when I added the hinges, I know how much you love rust ;-)
  • Posted: September 5, 2017 13:03


    Very cute and perfect location
    • Posted: September 5, 2017 14:02


      Thank you Alet <3
  • Posted: September 5, 2017 11:20


    I love how unique this is. It is a great way to store those extra bottles of wine. :)
    • Posted: September 5, 2017 11:32


      :D Thank you Debra, I'm so relieved it worked out okay
  • Posted: September 5, 2017 11:05


    So creative and beautiful. Adds an extremely charming and earthy vibe to the decor. I would love to have your skills or at least half of them.
    • Posted: September 7, 2017 16:37


      Thank so much Tanvi ;-)I'm not sure if it's a skill. Half the time I just fly by the seat of my pants
  • Posted: September 5, 2017 04:44

    Calleigh Keibler - TheForkBite

    I so love the color of this wine rack. I never have the chance to tackle anything DIY but I did once redo our wing chair.
    • Posted: September 5, 2017 09:14


      I'm loving the color too Calleigh. I must say every time I use Unicorn SPiT to stain something I'm wowed by the final outcome. It's just so easy to use and the colors are amazing. Hope you get some time to DIY again. It's good for the soul
  • Posted: September 5, 2017 04:14

    Stephanie Jeannot

    That is a fun project. I would enjoy doing something like that. You are so creative. Came out really nice too.
    • Posted: September 5, 2017 09:15


      Thanks so much Stephanie :D
  • Posted: September 5, 2017 02:32


    I LOVE THIS! I wish I was able to put something like this together. When it comes to DIY projects and crafts, they never turn out the way I imagine them lol.
    • Posted: September 5, 2017 09:16


      I know the feeling. Our first feel DIY projects were complete failures, but the bug bit and after watching many videos and getting tips from people who know what they're doing it got so much easier
  • Posted: September 5, 2017 02:16

    Megan | Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest

    That turned out incredible! I could really use this because we have a lot of narrower spaces that I could stick it :)
    • Posted: September 5, 2017 09:17


      Thanks so much Megan. Those narrow little spaces are always tricky to find something that fits just right
  • Posted: September 5, 2017 02:03


    OMG!! this is so beautiful!! I think I'm going to build one for my patio. I just love it
    • Posted: September 5, 2017 09:17


      Oh that's great Josselyn. Let me know how it turns out please
  • Posted: September 4, 2017 18:49

    Courtney Blacher

    This looks absolutely great! I love how it is easy to make, even I can try it. And definitely will! Thank you for sharing.
    • Posted: September 5, 2017 14:33


      My pleasure Courtney. I'm glad you like it
  • Posted: September 4, 2017 17:44


    Oh this is all kinds of creative and unique! I love how you sketched it all out and got materials that are easily accessible. Great job!
    • Posted: September 5, 2017 09:19


      Thanks Jin, I'm really glad it worked out and that there's no wobble ;-)
  • Posted: September 4, 2017 17:31


    Love your wine rack it looks gorgeous. I have just the space for one in my kitchen.
    • Posted: September 5, 2017 09:11


      Thanks so much Claire :D
  • Posted: September 4, 2017 15:25


    Gorgeous! I wish I lived closer to have you build stuff for me, lol! This is so much fun and I like the idea to add a hook for a tea towel! I bet your friend is over the moon with it. I´m so happy for you that spring has finally sprung over there Michelle. For me, I can´t wait for cooler temps over here.
    • Posted: September 4, 2017 16:10


      I would love that too Katrin. Can you show me how to style like a gracious, beautiful person please? I promise to build you whatever you need

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