Midwest #9: The Wall-Mounted Wine Rack Project

Midwest #9: The Wall-Mounted Wine Rack Project

Janel Laban
Jan 28, 2008

Name: Andrew
Location: Chicago
Time: 3 days (including dry time)
Cost: TOTAL=$66...$25-Wine Rack, $12 - 1 gallon black paint, $12 - 1 gallon antique red paint, $6 - polyurethane varnish, $5 - sandpaper/sanding sponge, $3 - set of brushes

Andrew says, "I found this piece hiding in the corner of a thrift shop, covered in dust, melted wax, and scotch tape. At first, I thought it was a gun rack, until I noticed the round slots inside that support the bottles. I bought it for $25, took it home,and let it sit in the corner for a couple of weeks until I was sure what I wanted to do with it. This was, truth be told, my first-ever refinishing job...." Click through for all the pics, tools, instructions and VOTING...


Tell us the tools and resources you used for the project:
I was really looking for an eye-catching piece for this part of my house. I had shopped all the major stores and was disappointed with the options and the price points. My goal with this project was to have a finished product that could easily pass for Pottery Barn or C&B, but without spending that kind of money. I didn't like the dark stain -- it didn't fit with my idea. So I picked up some sandpaper, a sanding sponge, some black and antique red latex paint, brushes, and a satin polyurethane finish from the hardware store, and set to work. I also did some web-based research on distressing to achieve the look I was after.


Share step by step instructions for how you completed the project:

After laying out some newspaper on my dining room floor, I removed the door from it's hinges, and sanded down every inch of surface. I paid particular attention to the beveled edges. Once the outer layer of
> stain was removed, there was a slightly lighter surface left, and the natural knots, nicks, and holes were more clear. Most of the "distressing" was already there, but just for added effect, I bounced a Philips head screwdriver along the flat surfaces to create more grooves. I then applied two layers of matte black paint to the entire piece, including the inside of the rack. I then applied two more coats of antique red to all the outside surfaces. I decided to use extra coats of paint so I could control the amount that came off during sanding.

Once the surfaces were dry, using fine sandpaper, I gently began to sand away layers. Around the edges and the "used" areas, I allowed more black and even some wood to show through. I used the sanding sponge to help define and smooth out certain areas. I then applied an even coat of satin-finish polyurethane to add protection and a bit of shine. It is mounted using 50lb screws with anchors. The wine rack now holds six bottles at a time, with the decorative bottles on top. I also installed a small tap light to the inside bottom, which illuminates the bottles at night.

Of course, everyone asks "Where did you get that!?" And I casually tell them I made it, which invokes awe and respect. It is a favorite item in my house.

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