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Tech Tuesday – Episode #11 – Distressed but Lovely

November 23rd, 2010

It’s Tuesday again!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Did you enjoy last week’s Tech Tuesday feature? We hope you were “wowed” by World Of Wines’ amazing retail wine display.

Today we’re featuring another residential wine cellar created from our Platinum Series.  Aside from its fabulous wine cellar door and wine racks, the main feature of this wine cellar is its use of distressed wood. Any wine cellar that needs some added character could use the process of distressed wood finishing. A worn, distressed appearance can transform a bland piece of wood into an antique replica, giving a wine room that age old beauty!

What: Residential Custom Wine Cellar
Project #: 195824-4
Wood: All Heart Redwood
Maximum storage capacity:  696 wine bottles
Where: Loveland, OH

The owner, Jeff Spitzmiller was pleased with the outcome and was more than happy to recommend Wine Cellar Innovations. “Mike did an excellent job on the cellar. Everything fits perfectly and there are no imperfections in the woodwork. He was nice and courteous and left the work area in great condition. Would request him again for any new jobs and would highly recommend him to others. “


We are, of course, more than happy to share with you the before and after photos of the process of installation. The owners wanted a distressed finish on the door and sidelight, and this is how we started to create the door and slidelights…

And what about the the door frame of this wine cellar?  While this cellar is small, having glass windows to bring open the project really lightens up the home. It’s actually one the neatest tricks when it comes to lightening up and widening a small space!

Here’s a view of the distressed wood and painted glass from the back:

Now you may ask, what is distressed wood? Well if you’d like to give wood that time worn character, then you ought to give it that distressed look. This look requires striking the wood, producing dents and bruises in the wood’s surface.

The result?  A rustic finish that either softens the look of the new wood or enhances old.  Because there are also a variation of colors, woods, grains, and sanding techniques when distressing wood, this allows you to create a custom look you want.

And what about the pretty archway with table top with LED lights below? Nice, clean and classic, the interior of this standard archway is lined with tongue and groove material that follows the interior of the archway.

Just like the glass windows in this wine cellar, the mirror in this elegant archway serves to create an illusion of a bigger space, aside from providing an eye-catching focal point to the wine room.

This wine cellar proves that even small spaces CAN make beautiful wine rooms. Even with limited space, you can have various wine rack styles — individual storage, solid diamond bins, bulk storage bins, and open vertical wine displays seamlessly put together to create a cozy, lovely wine cellar.

With a beautiful wine cellar door to welcome you and your guests, you’re sure to enjoy every moment you take out those precious wine bottles. Stay tuned for more Tech Tuesdays!


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