Thursday, July 25, 2013

Wine Rack

I finally started and completed a project, after being on a project hiatus for a little while.  I found this wine rack on Pinterest not too long ago and decided it looked simple and easy enough for me to tackle.  After a couple trips to Lowes and working in the garage during the boys naps and in the evenings for a couple days, I created this fun wine rack.

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!


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