What you'll need for the wine rack:
- 1 – 2×6 cut at 38″
- 5 – 2×4 cut at 10″
- 10 – 5/16 x 4 1/2″ Hex Bolts
- 10 – 2 1/2″ Wood Screws
- Wood glue - I used Gorilla glue
- Stain & Chalkboard Paint
- Mounting Kit
- Saw, Drill, 5/16" Drill Bit, Sander & Clamp.
Why is it that every time I walk into Lowes, or any other store for that matter, and I need help I can never find anyone and anytime I know exactly what I'm looking for I have ten people asking me if I need help? I found what I needed on my own after a little searching, but it would have been nice if someone offered to help. Maybe they didn't want to get hit with a flying shoe. Ryder likes to take his shoes off and throw them and that kid has got an arm on him. I did have to track someone down to cut the wood boards in half for me. Then when I was checking out, the lady tried charging me over a $1/each for the Hex Bolts. I told her they were less than 50 cents each, but she wasn't interested in helping me, so I checked out with the rest of my items. Then I went and took a picture of the bolts and how much they were listed for, went back to show her and checked out again (picture below). Just another reason why I love my iPhone.
The ladies at Shanty 2 Chic did a great job explaining how to make the wine rack, but here's what I did.
When the boys went down for their nap, I got busy in the garage and started cutting my boards to the correct sizes. I had the guy at Lowes cut the 38" piece, so I didn't have to worry about that one. Then I lightly sanded each piece of wood. Next I was going to start drilling holes in the 10" pieces, but then I realized I didn't have a 5/16" drill bit, pretty sure it was the only size we didn't have. So I was done until I could go back to Lowes and get a new drill bit. Once I had my new drill bit, I drilled 2 holes in each 10" board, as close to the edge as I could.
Next, I took my 38" board and started marking on the board where the 10" pieces would attach. There are 6" spaces in between each one. Next I took my Gorilla glue and clamped a 10" piece to the 38" piece and and used 2 screws to attach the board. After the board was attached with the screws, I removed the clamp and moved onto the next four boards, one at a time.
Finally I was ready for some stain. I used Minwax Stain in Bombay Mahogany, satin finish. I already had this stain from previous projects, like our staircase. I used three coats of stain, because I wanted my wine rack to be pretty dark. After the stain had dried, I used some painters tape to tape off sections to paint with chalkboard paint. I used a chalkboard paint that I had picked up from Michaels quite a while ago. I used 2 coats and then I was about ready to hang it up.
One thing that I didn't really think about before I started this project and that wasn't mentioned on the Shanty 2 Chic site was how I was going to hang this thing. I really didn't want to go to the store again, so Chris and I used what we had and attached some heavy duty picture hanging wire to two washers that were screwed securely into the back of the wine rack. Then Chris drilled a heavy duty screw into a stud in the wall and hung up the rack. It seems very secure, but if are going to do this project you might want to consult with someone at a hardware store first. After it was hung up, I added the hex bolts. This could have been done before hanging the rack up though. And finally I added some wine! Cheers!
It is a tight fit for the wine bottles, but I guess that's a good thing. It means they won't be falling down. It definitely won't fit a champagne bottle, but I knew that going into it. I'll just have to make another one, using wider boards for a Champagne rack!
Happy Champagne Thursday!