A wine rack is one of those things that makes you feel more like an adult. When my parents shipped a Modernist steel wine rack from CB2 to my new apartment, I got carried away with visions of swank dinner parties wending late into the night and exotic bottles from far-flung regions that I'd probably never visit—Merlot, heavens no! But as fabulous as my wine rack looks filled with a variety of labels I can barely pronounce—also part of the housewarming gift—considering at a wine rack from a creative-reuse perspective yields some serious organizational potential.
- Just because you've got a wine rack doesn't mean it needs to necessarily store wine. Fill the holes with anything cylindrical, such as olive oils, vinegars and other condiments that don't need to be refrigerated. The whole kit and caboodle adds a chic, tidy element to a kitchen counter or breakfast bar.
- Roll up print-out or tear-sheet recipes and slide them into the holes. Using the wine rack as your cooking command station ensures that your beloved staple from a back issue of Gourmet won't get lost.
- Push it against a wall (this is a must!) and use the unit as a jewelry holder. Place rings in one hole, necklaces in another, bangles in another and so on. Keep the more expensive pieces in their original felt bags and boxes and store them in their own cubby.
- Turn it on its side and place little planters atop each hole. Fill each with a different herb or colorful flower and you've got a miniature garden.
- Another option on its side: Place skinny glass vases in each hole, and a single seasonal flower in each vase. The wine rack becomes a funky container for the vase grouping.
- Keep the unit in a mudroom and use it as a shoe rack for flip flops, house slippers and more. This solution is particularly great as we're gearing up to spend more time outside!