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Wine Cellar Inspirations: What Style Is Your Vibe?

January 8th, 2020

What are your wine cellar goals for 2020? You know   how that famous line goes: “Go big or go home.” Well, that doesn’t mean you have to take it literally. After all, not everyone is ready to take on a formal wine cellar project. Some might not have the space for it, while others might not have the budget. But if you can’t go big with size, you can definitely make up for that in other aspects – like the design. So which wine cellar style is your vibe? Let’s explore some options to find out!

The traditional taste…

You definitely can’t go wrong when you stick to a traditional design with your wine cellar project. And by this, we mean those classic silhouettes, from the racking assembly down to the wine cellar accessories. Traditional wine cellars are usually decked out with wood wine racking units and either stained or lacquered, or both. Classic Mahogany and    Dark Walnut Stain are two of the most popular choices for the traditional design. Another common style would be the presence of some decorative wood trim, tile or Vintage Wine Barrel flooring, and Raised Panel or Coffered ceilings.

The rustic charm…

There are also those who are big fans of the rustic architectural appearance. That’s actually one of the reasons why Rustic Pine has consistently remained in WCI’s top four wood options for custom wine cellars. The emphasis of this style is mostly on the natural beauty of the materials used in the wine cellar project. So more often than not, you’ll find that the wine racks will be unstained. This allows the natural hues and grain patterns of the wood to really shine. Nature-inspired textures and simple, earthy tones also characterize this look. That’s why cork or wood is usually the material of choice for the flooring. Lighting elements and other accessories also tend to be more subdued.

The contemporary feel…

As far as wine cellar design trends go, the contemporary vibe is arguably the most sought-after in the recent years. This style is best characterized with the presence of metal racking units. Some wine cellars go full-on metal racking, while others prefer a mix of metal and wood wine racking elements. The overall layout is usually minimalistic but sleek. Glass is also usually incorporated into the design layout, accentuated by other materials. One good example would be glass x black metal trim combo on the doors or entryways. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Finishes You’ll Love On Your Wine Racks

March 27th, 2019

If you guys can recall last week’s wine cellar inspirations blog, we talked about our favorite wood and stain combos. Today, is like the Part 2: this time, with finishes you’ll love on your wine racks.  Just like stains, these finishes can bring varied looks to your racks and wine cellar as a whole. That’s why they’re such a great investment! Here are our top picks:

Lacquer Finish Option

This is most likely the most popular finish with wine cellar projects. And it’s not such a big wonder why. A coat of lacquer on the wood really gives it more character. It accentuates the natural beauty of almost any wood type. Lots of our clients choose this finish option because it makes their wine cellar exude a luxurious appearance. Here at WCI, we apply multiple applications of a clear coat sealant. This is coupled with intricate hand-sanding treatments between finishes. The lacquer gives the racks a smooth, gleaming finish and an elegant ambience. You can check out our photo galleries for more samples of projects using this finish.

Dark Weathered Finish Option

We call this the more intense version of the Dusty Weathered Finish. The latter works to make your wood achieve a timeworn look. The way we do it is firstly, the wood is run through a proprietary process. This serves to strip intergrain material down below the grain. This works in the same fashion that outside exposure striates barn siding over 50-70 years. The process is no different with the Dark Weathered Finish. However, a darker, more solid color, of topcoat is applied for a more dramatic effect. This finish option goes particularly well with Pine, Redwood and Oak. The much deeper shades are bold and eye-catching. It’s the perfect choice when you want to go traditional but with a contemporary touch.

Distressed Finish Option

We do not see this type of finish in as many wine cellar projects as we would have wanted to. That’s why there is a need to highlight it more! The Distressed Finish deserves more love because it is just gorgeous. It takes quite a bit of work to achieve this kind of finish, owing to its unique properties. The wood is strategically gouged, dented and scratch to give it the character of an old used pieces of furniture. After that, a dark coat is wiped on to fill in the gouges, dents and scratches. The purpose is to highlight them. Lastly, a medium dark background coat is applied then finished off with a lacquer finish. The final effect is very classic, very “antique” and reminiscent of “old-country.”

Exploring Glass And Metal Combos For Wine Cellar Entryways

February 18th, 2019

We are a big fan of glass-enclosed wine cellars. Just take a peek at our photo gallery and you’ll see a whole section devoted to these types of projects. It’s not such a mystery why though. A glass-enclosed wine cellar is one of the most, if not the most elegant way to showcase one’s collection. There are so many creative ways to design it, whether you’d want to stick to a traditional style or something modern and fresh. And of course, that’s what Wine Cellar Innovations is here for! Let’s go exploring for some unique glass and metal combos for your wine cellar entryways:

Glass x Black Metal Trim for your entryways

Adding trim to the edges is one way to really add character to a wine cellar design. With the growing popularity of contemporary wine cellars, one of the latest trends is the use of black metal trim. We have been seeing more and more projects utilizing metal in combination with glass elements. But to make a more eye-catching statement, black metal is the key. Black is the color of elegance. It is bold, striking, and can be worked into any design theme. By using it in contrast with glass, it enhances the latter and delivers class with a modern vibe. When it comes to wine cellars, there are so many ways to incorporate this glass x black metal trim combo. Here are some of our top picks:

French Doors and sidelights

  • French Doors and Sidelights 

French Doors are highly popular with both residential and commercial projects. As far as wine cellars are concerned, they are a heavy favorite because they allow for maximum visibility of the collection. But instead of the standard French Doors, we recommend adding a twist with the use of black metal trim. This accentuate the silhouettes of the glass panels and make your entryway stand out.

Metal and Glass with Transoms

  • Metal and Glass with Transoms

Not everyone is familiar with the term “transom.” WCI actually offers this as a custom door option. A transom is that beautiful horizontal window over a bar separating out the windows or doors below it. It is a timeless design that will go with any theme or match any existing decor. Combining black metal trim to the edges of the transoms will give it so much character.

Metal and Glass with Door and Sidelights

  • Metal and Glass with Door and Sidelights

This is a slightly different style from the French Doors, but just as classy. The modern metal and glass doors with sidelights use long panels of glass surrounded by metal to break up the space. Check out this example and see how beautiful and elegant it looks with a mixture of metal racking and dark wood diamond bins. ^_^

Wine Themed Decor: Deck The Halls With Wine-Inspired Decor!

November 28th, 2018

Heads up, wine lovers! The Christmas holidays are literally here so it’s time to get cracking on that holiday decor. Of course, it has to be wine theme decor inspired. So here are some fun ideas you might want to check out. Deck the halls with these wine-themed, DIY concepts:

Cork Bottle Stopper Decor

Cork Bottle Stopper Christmas Decor

Cork bottle stoppers are one of the more popular materials used for DIY home accents. They are super fun to work with and eco-friendly to boot. So for this year’s Christmas tree theme, why not make use of these stoppers? There are many ways to dress them up! You can choose the simple route and paint them with different colors. But to give it that Christmassy bling, brush them with paste or glue and roll them in various colored glitter. Then just attach hooks and strings and voila! You get a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree “cork balls.” Or, you can assemble the corks and create an absolutely unique and fab wine cork wreath.

Ugly Christmas Sweater wineglasses

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Wine Glasses

Let’s face it – what’s a holiday party without an ugly Christmas sweater? But this time, you don’t need to be the one wearing it. Let’s give it a little twist this year and make it an ugly Christmas sweater wine glass party. That’s right! You’ll dress up your old wineglasses, ugly Christmas sweater-style. Then put them on display in your fireplace mantle or use them as candy dishes on the coffee table. All you need are sweater-looking tissue paper or paper napkins, fur trim, ribbons, and colored thread. Decorate just the base and stem of your wineglass if you still plan on using it. Otherwise, you can go all out!  They will make terrific conversation pieces. They will also most likely inspire some friends and acquaintances to do the same thing next year. This fantastic wine-inspired decor is all thanks to Oh My! Creative.

Wine Bottle Christmas Lights

Wine Bottle Christmas Lights

Swap out the same Christmas candles and lights this year for something different. Or, you can also mix and match it up with this awesome wine-inspired decor: wine bottle Christmas lights. They are pretty easy to make and very attractive. Total Wine has put together these simple steps for us! You’ll just need empty wine bottles (the most transparent ones you have). You’ll also need a string of lights, 5/8-inch diamond hole saw, and some good old duct tape. Remove the labels from the bottles and wash them thoroughly. With the diamond hole saw, cut into the glass at the center of the tape at a 45-degree angle before switching to 90 degrees to finish drilling the hole. Remove the tape insert the string of lights through the hole until only the power plug remains.


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Custom Ceilings For Classy Wine Cellars

May 9th, 2018

Wine cellar ceilings play more than just an aesthetic role in a wine cellar project. They can contribute a lot in maintaining the ideal storage conditions for your wine bottles. That’s why it pays to consider the choice of structural design for your ceilings. They will also make a significant difference in the overall “wow” factor of your wine room. Here are some of our recommended custom ceilings for really classy wine cellars:

The Light Box Ceiling

The Light Box Ceiling

This is definitely a heavy favorite of ours. The Light Box Ceiling is very attractive and gives so much character to any wine cellar project. One of the most popular versions of this is the Etched Light Box Ceiling. Here at WCI, we carry this in All-Heart Redwood and top quality glass. There are standard designs available for the etching, but the client can fully personalize it to their taste. So basically, the client can have a ceiling that is 100% unique. Another version of this is the Raised Panel with Light Boxes. The standard Raised Panel design is taken up a notch with the addition of these light boxes. However, just take note in this case, the light boxes protrude more than the usual. It’s recommended to utilize this style in a project with higher ceilings and relatively larger spaces.

The Tongue and Groove Ceiling

The Tongue And Groove Ceiling

The Tongue and Groove ceiling has quite a number of variations. This makes it a sought-after ceiling style as well because of its versatility. This type of ceiling can give your wine room a warm and open feel. You can choose to have the Large Tongue and Groove with its thicker and wider panelings. Or, you can go with the Small Tongue and Groove with its tighter lines that provide for a more seamless and natural flow of the material. Another option would be the Tongue and Groove Radius Ceiling which can make a wine room appear even more spacious. This style is usually seen in commercial wine establishments, but can work with residential applications as well.

The Coffered Ceiling

The Coffered Ceiling

This is one wine cellar design that really reeks of class. For those of you who prefer a fancy touch without sacrificing the “elegance” factor, this is what you should go for. It will certainly work well with wine cellars that love to display wine cellar art pieces and such . The Coffered Ceiling features visible “boxes” that are illuminated by strategically installed recessed lighting. There is a lot of character and flair with this style that can go with almost any type of wine cellar. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Our Favorite Finishes For Stylish Wine Cellars

May 2nd, 2018

A wine cellar oozing in style is definitely a must-have. And guess what? You can have exactly that without too much of a hassle. All it takes is the right stain and finish option to get the look you want. We’re not pulling your leg here! By coating your wine racks and other wine cellar furniture with a specific stain or finish, the results can be pretty amazing. So without further ado, allow us to showcase to you our favorite finishes for stylish wine cellars:

The Lacquer Finish

The Lacquer Finish

First up is one of the most popular, if not the most popular finish for custom wine cellar projects. Dressing wine racks up with lacquer is certainly not anything new. We’ve seen this being done with wine cellars over the years. But whether you should go for this finish option or not is an entirely different perspective. Note that lacquer will give your racks a smooth, gleaming finish. They will appear shiny and elegant, like a polished diamond in the rough. If you’re the type to go for the sophisticated and timeless look, then lacquer will give you just that.

The Dusty Weathered Finish

Now if you’re the type who goes ga-ga over vintage, then you’d most likely appreciate a timeworn appearance to your wine cellar. Wine racks and furniture that take on a weathered image make you swoon. If that’s the case, the Dusty Weathered Finish is your magic potion. The process for this finish option is quite complex. The wood is run through a proprietary process that strips intergrain material down below the grain. This is basically the same fashion that outside exposure striates barn siding over 50-70 years. Lastly, a custom topcoat is applied and the color plays on the grayish-brown hues of the wood. The result is a perfect, weathered appearance that exudes that old-country charm. If you want a more solid and darker color, however, try the Dark Weathered Finish instead.

The Distressed Finish 

The Distressed Finish

Taking vintage to the next level is something that this finish option can accomplish. It’s perhaps one of the most intricate ones to achieve owing to its unique properties. Nonetheless, the results are usually simply stunning. Essentially, the wood is strategically gouged, dented and scratch to give it the character of an old used pieces of furniture. Then dark coats are applied to fill in the gouges, dents and scratches in order to highlight them. Last but not the least, a medium dark background coat is applied, finished off with a lacquer layer.

So tell us which finish option would you go for? We’d love to hear your thoughts! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Custom Finishes For Your Wine Room

August 30th, 2017

A wine room won’t be completely finished until you’ve thrown in some frills and fancies. They don’t need to be extravagant and they certainly should not overpower your racking arrangement. On the contrary, their role is to enhance your wine racks to make your collection shine. Here our some of our choice recommendations for custom wine room finishes you should try out:

LED lighting elements

Lighting elements and/or fixtures

There’s no better way to highlight your wine bottles than with the right lighting elements. A LED Display Lighting system is perhaps the most popular option, but it’s not the only one. LED Downlights are also another alternative you can look into. This recessed lighting system is perfect for ceilings and/or archways. The you also have Fluorescent Slimlites which can do wonders for your stained glass applications. This type of lighting is usually utilized to backlight stained glass art on archways or etched lightbox ceilings.

Wine Tasting Tables and Peninsulas

Wine Tasting Tables and/or Peninsulas

Wine Tasting Tables serve more than just an aesthetic purpose in a wine room. These days, you will encounter so many styles and designs to these tasting tables, it’ll make your head spin. But in a good way! That’s because the trend these days is towards making these tables more functional. So instead of just your standard table, you get so much more such as extra storage for your bottles, glassware, and other wine accessories. If you have a relatively spacious wine room, a peninsula is even better. Just imagine how gorgeous your racking arrangement would look like with Wine Bottle Waterfall racks cascading into a peninsula. Moreover, you can also incorporate shelving into both the tables and peninsulas to accommodate wine boxes or crates.

Decorative moldings

Custom crown, base, and center seam moldings

We always mention custom moldings in most of our blog posts, especially our Tech Tuesdays. But what you guys may not be fully aware of is that there’s more to these moldings as well. You can actually have them customized to make them fancier. Decorative moldings are one of the best ways you can make your racking assembly come together and give it a dramatic finish. Note that these moldings help blend in those awkward gaps between the racks, walls, and flooring. They also help create consistency between and among different racking styles. With custom ones, you can make your racking assembly look even more built-in.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: A Parisienne Flavor To Your Wine Cellars

June 7th, 2017

Ahhh, Paris! Who doesn’t dream of going there? It’s one of those cities that’s a constant on the bucket list of almost anyone (except when you’re living there, of course!). People love the aura and charm of this city that you get it has inspired us in so many ways, from fashion to interior design and so much more. So why not bring a taste of Paris to your wine cellars as well? Here are some great style tips you can try out:

Dress your wine racks in rich stains and/or finishes

Rich, luxurious stained racks and glass-stained art

Deep, luxurious hues definitely exude a Parisienne vibe to them. Rich-colored stains such as Classic Mahogany and Dark Walnut are sure to be tres impressionnant! Add in some custom LED downlights to accentuate your bottles and create that quiet, romantic atmosphere. If you’re looking into purchasing new racking units, we recommend choosing a wood that has a variety of grain patterns and is receptive to staining and finishing, such as Redwood or Rustic Pine. The latter will be a very good option since the structurally sound knots of the wood will really give off a vintage appeal that says “Paris” with a capital “P.”

Incorporate more glass elements into your decor

Glass elements for that Parisienne flavor

Paris is a city that has been dubbed as the international capital of high fashion since the 19th century. It is home to a lot of famous fashion houses, Dior and Chanel, to name a few. Intricacy, delicacy, and attention to detail are some of the inherent qualities of Parisienne haute couture. Bring some of these qualities into your wine cellar in the form of glass accents. Showcase some your best stemware in display shelves instead of tucking them away. Invest in an elegant lighting fixture or two, preferably with glass elements. If you have the budget for it, do an Etched Lightbox wine cellar ceiling or replace some solid wood cabinets with glass panels.

Put in artistic touches wherever you can

Artistic touches spell P-A-R-I-S!

For centuries, Paris has attracted artists from around the world, who arrive in the city to educate themselves and to seek inspiration from its vast pool of artistic resources and galleries. Art is a huge, indispensable part of the culture of the city. You can recreate this artistic flavor in your wine cellar by paying attention to the smaller details within. For example, replace those simple cabinet hardware and drawer pulls with custom ones that have more intricate details. We particularly love those knobs and pulls with vine and grape cluster designs. Incorporate decorative wood trim, like in your crown and base moldings and panelings. Of course, it’s also highly recommended to invest in a really good piece of wine cellar art, specifically those depicting French vineyards and such. Les grandes pensées viennent du coeur!


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Bring Spring Into Your Wine Cellars

April 19th, 2017

Sunnier skies and occasional April showers are definitely indicators that Spring is here and will be here to stay. So why not bring Spring into your wine cellars as well! We have some pretty sweet decorating ideas we’d love to share with you. From your wine bottles down to your wine racks and tasting tables, it’s time to bloom and bring on the colors:

Bright and easy with recycled wine bottles!


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For sure, you’ll have lots of empty wine bottles lying about. Don’t chuck them out just yet because they will make for some fabulous decor for your wine cellar, as well as your dining, kitchen, and even the living area. Choose a couple of bottles that are transparent enough. To make it more fun, make sure they’re of different heights and/or sizes. Now with the help of some food coloring, fill those bottles with water tinted to match the colors of the blooms you’ll be putting into them. We recommend white blooms because you’ll be in for a nice surprise – the petals will take on the hues of the tinted water. You can certainly say that “Spring has sprung” in your home!

Stock up on succulents!

Succulent plants, or also known as just succulents, are actually “water storage” plants. These are plants that have some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. While you do need to give them enough sunshine, succulents actually thrive well indoors. If your wine cellar has windows, you can definitely bring a little bit of Spring inside with these miniature green delights. We suggest putting them in tiny clay pots or if you want to be more creative, in DIY vases made from ceramic or tin. Succulents do not actually take too well to being grown in glass containers.

Go funky with wine box/crate displays!

Just as you’re going to have empty wine bottles, you’ll definitely have empty wine boxes or crates. Keep them and transform them into colorful accents in your home and wine cellar. These boxes or crates will make for great centerpieces, too. Line the insides properly so they won’t leak and fill them with soil and decorative stones. This will make it easy for you to arrange vibrant bouquets in them. You can also put in twigs and other decorative branches or even incorporate edible elements such as asparagus stalks, coriander, radishes, and more. Let your imagination guide you and bring in the shades of Spring as you go along!

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Easy, Breezy Wine Storage At Home

March 22nd, 2017

So you don’t have the time, space, or (more often than not!), the budget for a formal wine cellar in your home. Details, details! You can still come up with a suitable storage for your wine bottles. If you guys can recall, we talked about “compact and clever” wine storage last week. Today, we’re going to share some concepts on an even smaller scale: easy, breezy wine storage at home:

In your library or home office…

Wine racks in your library or home office

You will be pleasantly surprised at how convenient a bottle storage space your library or home office can make. All you need to do is do a bit of clean-up by removing old, and/or unwanted books and other bric-a-bracs in the bookshelves or cabinets. Then purchase some small wine racks or if you want, some glassware storage as well and install them in the now empty spaces. Now you can have a glass of wine or two while at just an arm’s reach while reading a good book or while working from home.

In empty corner/s in your wall…

When space becomes an issue in properly storing your bottles, it’s time to discover the beauty of wall-mounted wine racks. These days, this type of racking unit comes in so many styles, including wine rails and pegs. Because they’re wall-mounted, they can be put up anywhere in your home, particularly those empty corners or stretches of space in the walls. Here’s a fun tip: mount them next to your television or home entertainment set-up if you have one. That way you get to really completely unwind, especially on weekends.

Under kitchen benches and islands…

Mount wine racks on empty walls or corners

Customizing your furniture to accommodate your wine bottles is one of the best ways to keep them safe and comfy while working around space issues. One of our favorites is this awesome DIY from a client who customized their kitchen window seat by using small wine racks as the base. Of course, you can also do the same with your kitchen islands, tabletops and countertops, and other similar furniture.

Do you have other easy, breezy wine storage concepts to share? We’d love to hear them! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Compact And Clever Wine Storage

March 15th, 2017

Not too hot on the idea of a formal wine cellar in your home? Then don’t force yourself! There are other ways to keep your wine bottles safe and comfy, especially when you don’t have enough space in your home for a wine room. In fact, thanks to the racking products that keep getting introduced to the market each year, there are so many options when it comes to both size and style of these racking units. We’ve compiled some compact but really clever ideas for you guys to try out:

Under Stairwell Wine Cellars

Under Stairwell Transformation

It may not be a formal wine room, but that little nook under your stairs can actually be transformed into a pretty darned good wine storage. These “under stairwell” transformations have been gaining popularity over the last few years because they provide excellent storage while putting to good use all that seemingly “wasted” space. It’s like having a mini wine cellar that’s both functional and stylish! Tip: waterfall wine racks are a great way to really maximize that space under the stairs.

Wine Tasting Centers or Home Bars

Home Bars

Pick  an empty, unused corner in your kitchen or dining area or even your living room and set up a wine tasting center or home bar. All you need is a few wine racking units, maybe a tasting table or a standard archway with countertop, a display shelf or two, put them together, and voila! And you’re lucky because nowadays, these wine tasting centers come in “packages” and all you need to do is choose the one that best suits your storage needs.

Wine Cellar Closets

Wine Cellar Closets

Another popular alternative to having a formal wine cellar in one’s home is a wine cellar closet. In fact, last year, WCI has featured at least one of these projects each month, either in our Tech Tuesdays or DIY wine cellars in our Testimonial Thursdays. Wine cellar closets are the perfect way to utilize empty or otherwise neglected spaces in your home such as pantries, cabinets, coat closets, shoe closets, and the like. You’d be surprised at how much bottle storage these compact spaces can provide.

And these are not all! There are still many more compact and clever ways to store your collection at home. A tour of our photo galleries will bring more inspirational ideas and do check out our blog archives as well. ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: V-Day Decor For Your Wine Cellars

February 8th, 2017

February is without a doubt the most romantic month of the year. We should all celebrate the month of love even in the smallest of ways because love will always be the universal language. And just because it’s Valentine’s, don’t think that it’s all about “romantic” love. The month of hearts is all about the different facets of love – including family, friendship, and yes, animal love, too. Added to that, it’s also a time for us winos to celebrate our love for – what else? WINE! And what better way to do it than by prepping our wine cellars with some awesome V-day decor:

It’s time for your wine cellar to bloom!

Pile on the blooms!

We mean this literally! Go ahead and decorate your wine cellar with gorgeous flora for this month of hearts. If you’re working on an budget, you can do a combination of real and faux blooms. A good idea would be to put the flowers in simple glass jars in assorted shapes, such as mason jars. Trim the jars with ribbons and lace or go all out DIY and paint them. You can also use empty wine bottles! For a more colorful setting, try filling up some of the jars with floral potpourri. Not only will your wine cellar look romantic, it will smell romantic, too.

Stock up on fragrant candles!

Fragrant candles are a must!

You don’t need to actually light these candles. But they definitely lend to the romantic atmosphere so grab a couple from your favorite home store and adorn your wine cellar table or countertops with them. We recommend mixing and matching candles with glass elements such as glass candle holders, dishes, or putting them inside those quaint glass lamps for a really dreamy effect. We also recommend getting them in various shapes and sizes so you can get really creative with them. Note that after V-day, you can still use these candles, so they’re definitely not a wasted purchase.

Create some unique DIY centerpieces!

Unique wine-inspired centerpieces

We have a great one for you to try out, courtesy of the Tip Junkie!: birch centerpieces. Grab a couple, carve some romantic word into them, put them together to create a “love note,” and embellish with accessories such as faux flowers, pearls, ribbons and lace. Place in the center of your tabletop or if you have a wine cellar archway. You can also use wine bottle corks instead of birch pieces! It’s cheap, totally unique, and sure to be a great conversation starter during your Valentine’s Day wine party.


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Finish Options For Your Wine Cellar

January 25th, 2017

Don’t get us wrong – we love unstained wine racks and wine cellar furniture. We also believe in preserving the natural beauty of the wood in a wine cellar project, especially those with unique grain patterns such as Redwood and Rustic Pine. But of course, not everyone will have the same style preference when it comes to wine cellar projects. That’s where stain and finish options come in handy! By staining and finishing your wine racks and furniture, you can achieve so many different looks to match whatever design you have in mind for your wine cellar. Today, we’ll be talking about some finish options you can consider for your project:

The Lacquer Finish


First up is Lacquer as this can be considered as one of the more popular finish options. Lacquering your wood lends it a smooth and gleaming appearance. This is why it’s so popular with wooden furniture because it really gives i it that elegant vibe. But that’s not all! Lacquer also increases the durability of the wood as it remains clear for years without the yellowing usually associated with varnish, polyurethane or shellac. While it is a bit thinner than other products, this is actually very advantageous because it makes it penetrate the wood deeper. This provides a durable seal that protects the wood from the inside out.

The Dusty Weathered Finish

Dusty Weathered Finish

This type of finish will give your wood a beautiful timeworn look. It’s the perfect choice for those who love that vintage-y, old-country feel. The process to achieve it is quite intricate. First, the wood is run through a proprietary process that strips intergrain material down below the grain in the same fashion that outside exposure striates barn siding over 50-70 years. This works particularly well with wood types like Pine, Redwood and Oak. Next, a custom topcoat is applied and the color plays on the grayish-brown hues to complete the weathered appearance to the wood. A variation of this is the Dark Weathered Finish which basically employs the same process, but a darker, more solid color, of topcoat is applied for a more dramatic effect.

The Whitewash Finish

Whitewash Finish

The whitewash finish is a newer concept and works to give a whitish cast to the wood. It’s geared towards more modern wine cellars or those who lean towards a contemporary appearance to their projects. Whitewash is a versatile finish that complements the clean, open themes of modern décor as well as the seaside appeal of old New England.

The Distressed Finish

Distressed Finish

Last but not the least, we have the Distressed Finish. Note that it takes quite a bit of work to achieve this kind of finish, owing to its unique properties. The wood is strategically gouged, dented and scratch to give it the character of old, used pieces of furniture. Dark coats are then applied to fill in the gouges, dents and scratches dor purposes of highlighting them. Lastly, a medium dark background coat is applied, then finished off with a lacquer finish. The goal is to achieve a look that is very classic, very “antique” and reminiscent of “old-country.”

WCI Inspirations: Add Some “Oomph” To Your Wine Store

January 18th, 2017

Okay, let’s face it. Not all commercial wine establishments are easy to navigate – and easy on the eyes. Some are in a dire need of renovation or maybe just a “refresh” as they would call it. And keep in mind that if you’re a wine store proprietor, it matters that your store is clean, organized, and attractive to draw in more customers. But there’s no need to spend a fortune on a full-blown renovation. With the help of some choice wine cellar racking and accessories, you can add some much-needed “oomph” to your establishment. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Update your wine racking…

Just changing some of your wine racking units or re-arranging your racking assembly can do wonders for your store. There are so many styles to choose from these days, so just make sure you choose new wine racks that can provide maximum bottle storage and will allow you to easily organize your merchandise. We also recommend investing in point-of-purchase wine racks such as Wine Display Islands and Merchandisers. These types of racks display your bottles to full advantage and allow you to stock up at the same time. “Updating” your wine racking can also be translated to just refurbishing old but still in good quality racks by dressing them up in new stains and finishes. This is the less expensive route to take, but you’ll love how attractive your store will look right after.

Update your wine racking


Invest in wine cellar decor…

By throwing in some wine cellar decor here and there, your wine store will be able to exude that “wow” factor that will draw in the crowd. Keep in mind that shopping for wine is still, in a way, shopping. And when people shop, they like the visual experience. If you want to turn potential customers into actual ones, investing in some wine cellar decor is a must. For example, putting in new flooring will certainly give your establishment a fresher appearance. Don’t hit the panic button because nowadays, there are lots of wine cellar flooring options to suit your budget. Cork floors are very affordable and easy to maintain. Vintage wine barrel flooring is very unique and eco-friendly. Also, try changing up the lighting elements in your store. Custom LED lighting accessories are more energy-efficient and can highlight your merchandise in all the right ways.

Invest in wine cellar decor


Consider some custom cabinetry…

There will most likely won’t be a lot of cabinet areas in a wine store as opposed to wine racks. So these are easy and cheaper to customize. Change it up by switching to simple but elegant Raised Panel Cabinet Doors or go fancy with Glass Panels with Etching. You can also do Hand-Carved Panel Cabinet Doors to add more character to your wine store.

Consider custom cabinetry


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Prepping Your Wine Cellar For The New Year

December 28th, 2016

We’re about to bid adieu to 2016! For sure, we’re going to take some really wonderful memories to kick-start our 2017. And for you, fellow wine lovers, what better way to ring in the New Year than by making sure your wine cellars are all prepped for bigger and better things. We’re here to help you out with some of these useful tips!

Weed out the old stuff!

Time to weed out the “old” stuff…

Now we don’t mean wine bottles here. Weeding out the old stuff means getting rid of wine cellar racks and/or furniture that might need replacing or refurbishing. It’s time to take an inventory of your wine cellar and see what’s up! Don’t wait until the racks get moldy or rusty (for metal ones). If a good stain or finishing job is all that is needed, by all means get to it. Nothing like the holidays to get real work done because hey, you actually have the time to do it. Of course, if you invested in really good quality wine racks, there shouldn’t be a problem – just get them nice and clean and polished (or finished) and you’re all set for the New Year.

Time to expand to accommodate your collection…

The holidays is indeed the best time to think about and actually carry out expansion projects. If you’re a certified wino, the New Year can only mean one thing – more goodies for your wine cellar. Take the time to analyze how fast your collection grew over the past year and what you need to do to accommodate future acquisitions. Also, don’t forget those huge post-Christmas and even bigger post-Boxing Day sales! If you’re going to add more wine racks, make sure to choose those that can be easily mixed and matched. That way, you won’t have any problems adding more units in the future.

"Prettify" your wine cellars!

Time to “prettify” your wine cellars…

If you think this will cost you a small fortune – don’t. Updating the look of your wine cellars can be done just by investing in a few choices accents and accessories. Since the color of the year for 2017 is green (or to be more specific, “matcha” or green tea green), why not invest in some gorgeous wine cellar art depicting vineyards or scenes from old wine country. We also recommend decorating your wine cellar with flora and other greenery. These will not only give your wine cellar a nice pop of color, they will also make it look fresh. Of course, make sure to consult what type of plants and/or flowers can thrive best under wine cellar storage temperature and humidity levels.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Setting A Wine-Themed Christmas Table

December 14th, 2016

Be it Christmas lunch or dinner, one thing’s for sure – we all want to make our tables look smashing for our guests. And if you’re going to have winos over this holidays, what better way to impress them than having a wine-themed Christmas table setting. Here are a couple of concepts you’d definitely want to try out this season:

Wine-themed holiday setting

The table cover…

Let’s start off with the obvious – the table cover. We always recommend going for a minimalist color and design because you wouldn’t want the table cover to overshadow the other elements in your table setting such as the dinnerware, centerpiece, and of course, the stemware for the wines you’re going to pour. Stick to neutrals like off-white, dove gray, or a gorgeous champagne hue. But soft tones like blush pink, powder beige, and smoky blue are also a thumbs-up. If you want bolder colors like garnet red, royal blue, or forest green, that’ll work as well. But we suggest staying away from prints and patterns that will make the table look like there’s too much going on.

The dinnerware and stemware…

This is, without a doubt, one of the most important, if not the most important element in your table setting. That would of course, include the cutlery! You don’t need to go for something so expensive and elaborate though. If you want to exude that elegant appeal reminiscent of the wine period in Europe, go for plain designs with just small accents that complement your table cover. You can also go the unconventional route and instead of the usual china or porcelain, try Italian stoneware pieces. These have a bit of a rustic touch but will still give your table a classy feel. As for cutlery, you can never go wrong with silver pieces.

The centerpiece…

This is the part where you can really play around and be creative. You can actually make your own centerpiece by recycling stuff like wine bottles and corks. For example, get different-sized transparent glass vases, fill them with wine corks and top with floral arrangement. Or grab an old wooden wine box, line it, and fill to the brim with flowers and fruits. Another fantastic idea would be to paint different sized empty wine bottles, put them all together, and stick holly branches and twigs painted in snowy white inside.

If you have more wine-themed table setting ideas to share, we’d love to hear from you! Snap and send us a pic or share it via our Twitter or Facebook pages. ^_^


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Bringing Holiday Cheer To Your Wine Cellars

November 30th, 2016

Only 24 more shopping days to go before Christmas! How’s that holiday shopping list coming along? No doubt, you guys will be very busy planning out your holiday parties. And of course, we all know what that means – WINE. So have you prepped your wine cellars and have them all ready to bring holiday cheer this season? If the answer is no, don’t fret! That’s what we’re here for – check out these wine cellar decorating tips to get your wine cellars to bring in that extra “ho” in the “ho, ho, ho” this Christmas.

Cork holiday wreath courtesy of Wine Corked

Start with your entryways and windows…

Your wine cellar entryways and windows are probably the easiest to decorate. But take note that they’re also quite significant in bringing a festive ambiance to your wine cellar. Your entryways are, per their namesake, the points of entry to your wine cellar so spreading the joyful spirit should start there. Wreaths are the popular choice, but instead of buying store-made ones, why not bring out your inner artist and craft them yourself. Our material of choice? Wine corks! All you need is a foam circle for a base. Hot glue your cork collection, throw in some accents like pinecones, holly, or fruit and voila – a gorgeous wine-themed Christmas wreath. You can similarly fashion cork into individual hanging ornaments and hang them on your windows.

Holiday wine bottles

Create unique wine-themed centerpieces…

Skip the usual candles and flowers for your wine table or countertop centerpiece this year and create something very unique and in keeping with the “wine” theme. Grab some empty wine, champagne, or other liquor bottles and let your imagination go crazy with decorating them. A couple of our favorite concepts include adorning the bottle with fake cranberry clusters and evergreen sprigs, putting in battery powered LED lights inside the bottles, or spray painting them white and coating the bottles in glitter. These centerpieces are sure to be conversation starters in your holiday parties!

Put up a wine bottle Christmas tree!

Now this is probably not really a new concept, but it’s still totally awesome and unique. Sure, you have your Christmas tree (or trees) somewhere in the house, but in your wine cellar, let’s do something different and put up a wine bottle Christmas tree instead. There are tons of ways you can creative with this, but our personal favorite is fashioning a tree-shaped rack (or just buy one if the budget permits!) and just plunking the bottles in your desired style. You can even add lights and other decor as well! Here’s a really cute “Wine Christmas Tree Robot” courtesy of the Wine Wankers:

Wine Tree courtesy of the Wine Wankers

Take a snap of your wine-inspired Christmas decorating ideas and share them with us, too! ^_^

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Safety Racking Tips For Wine Stores

November 23rd, 2016

Just one month more to go before Christmas! And if you’re a wine store proprietor, you know exactly what that means. Yep, yep – the mad holiday rush! We all welcome it with open arms because it’s that time of the year when we rake in the profits, but half of us also dread it for obvious reasons. Wine stores become so packed and busy that it’s both physically and mentally exhausting trying to keep up with the customers’ needs. And of course, every wine store owner knows that this is the time of the year when “accidents” will happen more often than not.

“Accidents” in a commercial wine establishment would certainly mean the merchandise being ruined due to the shopping frenzy. But that’s not all. This would also mean possible injury to customers in your store, something that should raise even more concern than broken bottles. So how do you go about protecting your stuff AND your clientele? These safety racking tips will definitely come in handy!

Vinyl Base

Accident-proof your wine racks with custom bases

Custom bases, such as Vinyl bases, can provide extra protection for your wine racks by elevating them a good few inches off the ground. The advantage? Your  merchandise is protected against accidental kicking and other damage. We can’t control kicking and jostling customers during the holiday rush. Plus, think about those shopping carts, buffers, sweepers, and kicking which both the racks and bottles are often subjected to even on normal days. Custom bases will be one of the smartest investments you’ll make for the holidays – trust us!

Wine Lockers

Invest in wine lockers or locking display cabinets

Any wine store is bound to carry labels that are a tad pricier than the rest. Your expensive and/or rare vintages shouldn’t be exposed the imminent danger known as the holiday rush. Keeping them under sturdy lock and key will save you not just the $$$ but also a lot of stress. Plus, you get to use these lockers all year round, not just during the Christmas season.

Re-arrange your displays to show more popular labels

If you don’t feel like purchasing additional point-of-purchase racks to accommodate more merchandise, here’s a smart way to still keep sales at its peak – re-arrange your wine displays. Put the more popular or best-selling labels in high-traffic areas in your store. This will make it easier for customers to find them instead of pushing and shoving through the crowd to find the labels they want. Also make sure to have a healthy amount of stocks ready to avoid mad scrambles which would potentially lead to accidents.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Color Schemes For Your Wine Cellar

November 16th, 2016

When we talk about “colors” on wine cellar projects, there are still lots of people who just think in terms of the generic shades of the color spectrum, along the lines of brown, gold, bronze, chrome, copper, and the like. Admittedly, these are the colors that make for elegant wine cellars. However, these hues have also become so “standard” that it’s a real challenge to achieve a unique look if you just stick to them. In these more modern times, wine cellars have also evolved as far as color schemes are concerned. Adding pops of color into your project gives it a fresh new appeal – here are some ideas to help you out:

Muted pastels

Old-country charm in muted pastels

Let’s start at the soft end of the color spectrum. If you guys can recall, we once did a post on how to achieve a shabby-chic look for your wine cellars. This involved the use of muted pastel tones and lots of patterns, mostly floral ones. The desired effect is that old-country charm, reminiscent of storybook cottages. If this is the color scheme you want for your wine cellar, choose wood types that have naturally light shades like Premium Redwood, White Cedar, White Poplar, Fir, Spruce, Birch, and other similar varieties. You can either stain or lacquer them as well and really bring out the softer hues with light-colored stains. Best accents to match would be Hand-Painted Tile floors, Corian or Cork countertops, recessed LED Downlights, and wine cellar art in palette knife or brush work.

Modern vibe

Modern vibe in bold swatches

Now if you’re the type who prefers a modern feel to your wine cellar, do not be afraid to shy away from the neutrals and earth tones. It’s time to explore bold swatches, starting with your wood and stain and finish options. We have a growing collection of wine cellars utilizing darker-colored stains such as Dark Walnut Stain, Midnight Black Stain, and Dark Weathered Finish. These are usually coupled with glass elements such as glass doors and/or panels, or etchings. Also, instead of wood wine racks, you can opt for metal ones to really go all out on the modern vibe.

Whitewash finish

New England appeal in whitewash finish

A unique style that has been recently been emerging not just with home renovations but with wine cellar projects as well is the New England charm brought about by “whitewash finish.” Whitewash is a versatile finish that complements the clean, open themes of modern décor as well as the seaside appeal of old New England. We recommend working with stone materials on this one to really accentuate that whitish cast on the wine racking assembly.


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Must-Have Accents For Your Wine Cellar

November 2nd, 2016

Wine cellar accents are definitely not the “necessities” that you’d need to maintain ideal storage conditions in your wine cellar. But there are some that are must-haves because they serve both aesthetic and practical purposes. Yup, that’s right! These items that are on our list are not just mere “accents.” They can actually help create the best environment for storing your collection, so check them out:

Wine Cellar Fountains

Wine Cellar Fountains

No doubt about it, these fountains are gorgeous add-ons to any wine cellar project. They come in so many sizes, shapes, and designs, and they really bring up the elegance factor a few notches. But did you know that these wine cellar fountains are not just mere decor? Not at all! They also help maintain ideal temperature and humidity levels in your custom wine cellar. Note that a proper wine cellar should maintain around 55-75% relative humidity, which, combined with the right temperature range of 55-58 degrees, creates a cool and damp environment which is just what your wine bottles need to age at a graceful pace. With wine cellar fountains, you get to keep your collection in peak taste in style!

Wine Cellar Lighting

Wine Cellar Lighting

You will be surprised at the difference custom wine cellar lighting can create in any wine cellar project. With the addition of these lighting elements, your bottles can be accentuated to maximum advantage and the mood of your wine cellar can undergo some pretty amazing changes. In wine establishments, custom lighting can be very helpful in drawing attention to the store’s merchandise, especially if you have labels you want to promote. Also, if you have decorative applications in your wine cellar such as stained glass, custom lighting like fluorescent slimlites will illuminate them perfectly.

Wine Cellar Ladders and Stepstools

Wine Cellar Ladders and Stepstools

To be fair, wine cellar ladders and stepstools serve very practical purposes in a wine cellar. But do not underestimate the aesthetic value that they possess as well. These days, it’s easy to have your wine cellar ladders and stepstools customized to match your wine racking arrangement and other furniture in your wine cellar. We especially love those ladders and stepstools with stains and finishes and/or lacquer. We also find that they add a nice vintage touch to any wine cellar project because they are so reminiscent of those wine cellars owned by European royalty.

Do you also have some “must-have” wine cellar accents to share with us? Do so by leaving a comment or two below! ^_^


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Embellishing Your Wine Cellar Furniture

October 26th, 2016

Your wine racks are not the only ones that deserve attention to detail in your wine cellar. Your wine cellar furniture does, too! There are several ways to embellish your furniture and give them more character. Some of these are actually just the smaller details of your furniture, but they can do a lot to give your wine cellar an aesthetic face-lift. Check them out and give them a whirl:

Cabinet Hardware and Drawer Pulls

Cabinet Hardware and Drawer Pulls

Believe it or not, cabinet hardware is one of the areas where you can play around with so many design elements to make your wine cellar look totally unique. Think about the current look of your wine cabinets and shelving and how you can add a little more flair to them. With custom cabinet knobs to cabinet handles, door pulls, drawer pulls, and more, you can really customize your wine cellar cabinets, drawers, and shelving. Drawer knobs, for example, can be designed to match a certain them in your wine cellar – like grape clusters for that country vineyard charm. The same can be done with other knobs and pulls. You’ll find that nowadays, these come in various shapes and sizes, depending on your style preference. Materials utilized on these cabinet pulls and knobs vary as well, from metal to wood, wrought iron, and more.

Custom Decorative Moldings

Custom Decorative Moldings

Here’s something you can use to embellish both your wine racking assembly and furniture – custom decorative moldings. You’ve heard us talk about how custom moldings finish off a racking arrangement really nicely and help blend in any gaps between the wine racks and the ceiling and flooring. But you can go to it one better by using decorative moldings, particularly those sporting 3-dimensional architectural wood carvings. They can add detail and high relief to the interior trim of your wine cellar. We recommend using them in archways or glass rack openings.

Custom Wood Columns and Legs

Custom Wood Columns and Legs

For your wine cellar chairs, tables, side cabinets, couches, and such, custom wood columns and legs can make a remarkable difference, style-wise. We love how the details on these wood carvings give character to otherwise plain wine cellar furniture and transform them into something really unique. Plus, they will tie up nicely with the moldings on your racking assembly as well as your cabinet hardware and drawer pulls.

Need more inspiration for your wine cellar design? A tour of our extensive photo gallery is a must! ^_^

WCI Inspirations: Re-Using Empty Wine Bottles

October 19th, 2016

A couple of blog posts ago, we talked about how you can re-purpose your old wine crates, bins, and boxes. Taking inspiration from that, we’re going to go through the different creative ways you can re-use your wine bottles as well. Of course, there are the usual stuff such as turning them into flower vases or water and other beverage containers. We’re going to skip those and move on to the more creative uses so read on:

Turn your wine bottles into beautiful terrariums!

Why buy those expensive terrariums for your home when you can make your own. All you need are the right-sized empty wine bottles! We recommend the magnums and other larger-format wine bottles for this project. All you need is a good quality glass cutter (just the ordinary one!), a nice base for your terrarium, such as old jar covers or dessert plates, and some succulents. Carefully cut the wine bottle in half and use the bottom portion to make your mini terrarium. Embellish with ceramic figurines, decorative stones, moss – and voila!

Modge Podge Sheer Colors Paint

Make eye-popping lighting fixtures!

Now this may seem quite a challenging project, but we assure you it’ll be worth it. If you take a quick Pinterest tour, you’ll actually see that lots of people have been doing this – transforming their empty wine bottles into lamps, chandeliers, and such. One of our favorites is this quick and easy tutorial by Mod Podge. Check it out and try it or if you’re an old hand at DIY, create your own tutorial for wine bottle lamps and chandeliers. For sure, your custom lighting fixture will be the main conversation piece at your next wine tasting party.

Transform your wine bottles into souvenirs or custom gifts!

That’s right, wine buddies! Instead of buying expensive but impersonal items, why not give Dad or Mom, or your brother or sister, or your BFF a custom designed wine bottle. They can use this as a home decor, a vase, a beverage container – the works! All you need is some good crafting materials and a ton of imagination. Here’s one you can try out: spray paint your empty wine bottles (after cleaning them thoroughly, of course) with Chalkboard Paint. Wait for the bottles to dry and do a second coating. If you want to create a sort of ombre look, spray less on the upper portion of the bottles and leave the upper neck portion unpainted. Once they’re dry, grab a liquid chalk pen and write down some fun, inspirational, or memorable quotes!


WCI Inspirations: Luxurious Wine Cellars Sans Luxurious Cost

October 12th, 2016

Why spend a fortune on a wine cellar project to achieve a luxurious look when you can do it at a reasonable cost? Sounds daunting? We anticipated that reaction! That’s why we’ve come up with today’s WCI Inspirations to shed light on the matter – because luxurious-looking wine cellars don’t require you to rob the bank.

Let's start with your wine cellar space...

Let’s start with your wine cellar space…

Naturally, we’ll have to start with the space in your home where you’ll actually be building your “luxury” wine cellar. Does it have to be a huge space? Definitely not! If you don’t have enough floor area in your home for a formal wine room, there are so many alternatives available as we’ve discussed in several blog posts in the pasts. Perhaps the most popular one would be to undergo a closet transformation. That’s right! Just because you’re going for a wine cellar closet doesn’t mean you can’t make it elegant. Just take a look at the number of closet transformations at our photo gallery, each one more stunning than the next.

Then move on to the wine racks...

Then move on to the wine racks…

These days, there are a whole lot more wine racking options to choose from. If you want to go with wood wine racks, there are actually wood options that can give you better value per bottle. This is especially convenient when you’re working on a budget. For example, you should check out Rustic Pine as a wood option because it offers not just quality material but an amazing price point as well. Rustic Pine will give your cellar that beautiful, old-country feel that so vintage and elegant. But, if you’re keen on spending just a very specific amount on your wine cellar project, you can also choose to go with metal wine racks or other materials such as acrylic. These wine racks are sturdy, easy to assemble, and can go anywhere in your home, not just your wine cellars. Wine pegs and wine rails are one of our favorites from this category because they add a contemporary but  classy feel to any wine cellar project, particularly when combined with glass elements.

And work on the wine cellar accessories...

And work on the wine cellar accessories…

Last but certainly not the least, you have your wine cellar accessories. These can be your floors, ceilings, lighting, stain and finish options, cabinet hardware, windows, doors, and so on. If you want to accomplish a luxurious look for your wine cellar without having to spend a fortune, the key to this is diligent research. Compare various materials and products and see how they measure up in terms of quality and cost. For example, cork floors won’t cost as much as marble-tiled ones, but they exude a classy vintage feel. Glass-enclosed wine cellars for small projects won’t actually cost as much, but the elegance factor is definitely an A+.


Wine Cellar Inspirations: Recycling Wine Boxes And Crates

October 5th, 2016

It’s the first WCI Inspirations post for the month of October! We’re actually nearing the end of the year now – how amazing is that? 2016 sure flew by, almost as fast as a wino polishing off the last bottle of wine. But heads up, because we still have tons of fab wine cellar design inspirations to share with you guys before the year comes to a close. Today, it’s all about how to put those empty wine boxes and crates to good use, so read on:

Wine box/crate "shelving"

by ecodesignshow from Flickr

Wine box/crate “shelving”

Your wooden wine boxes and crates can serve so many other useful and stylish purposes in your home – so don’t just chuck them away. First off, you will learn that they will make absolutely gorgeous shelves or storage units for your home. You don’t even need to do a lot with them except clean them properly or stain and lacquer them if you want the wood grain patterns to really pop out. They also make wonderful bookshelves! The combination of books and vintage charm of these wine boxes exudes such a quaint, old-country charm, who wouldn’t be enchanted by it?

Wine box/crate “plant boxes”

What better way to make use of those empty wine boxes and crates than turning them into beautiful plant boxes for your home. They can be used both outdoors and indoors, too! You can even turn them into vegetable boxes if you really have that green thumb. As for indoor use, these boxes and crates are perfect for growing succulents. They add that wonderful pop of color and fresh look to your home.

Wine box/crate shoe organizer

by reneedjohnson from Flickr

Wine box/crate shoe organizer

That’s right – you will find that these wine boxes and crates make for one of the best shoe organizers you could ever have. Since they’re made out of wood, they’re certainly sturdy and durable. If you have some that are of different sizes, whittle them down to size and nail or screw them together. Or, you can just choose to place them side by side! Plus, you can even stack them one of top of the other to save lots of floor space.

Wine box/crate “pet beds”

Why spend so much money on a brand-new pet bed when you can create a really pretty one for your furry companion without wasting a cent. Wine boxes and crates can actually be transformed into wonderful pet beds. And the best part is that there’s not a lot of work involved. You just need to clean the box or crate, take out one side so your pet can easily slide in, and buff things up a bit by sanding it down or staining it if you wish. Throw in a nice, thick cushion and voila! A bed fit for a furry little king.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Fall-Themed Wine Cellars

September 28th, 2016

The Fall season is in full swing! Are your wine cellars all decked out to welcome this season? We love Fall for many reasons, but one of the top ones would be the rich, luxurious colors this season brings. Who wouldn’t fall in love with the gorgeous shades of red, copper, gold, and more painting Mother Nature at this time of the year? And of course, let’s not forget that in North America, this is the peak of the wine harvest season. So it’s also time to whip that wine cellar into shape, style-wise, with the colors of Fall:

Fall-themed wine cellars

Set the Fall mood with wine cellar decor…

By just changing up your wine cellar decor, you can totally achieve a Fall-theme for your wine cellars this season. The easiest would be putting up (or replacing) your wine cellar art. Put up paintings or murals of beautiful wine country scenery during this time of the year. You can also work this out together with custom wine cellar lighting. If the budget will allow it, invest in a lighting fixture or two that will create the right ambiance as well. Plus, don’t forget to factor in the flora! That’s right – literally bring in the colors of fall to your wine cellar with beautiful Autumn blooms. Our picks include African Violets, Chrysanthemums, and those wonderful Succulents to mix and match with your houseplants.

Fall-themed wine cellars

Dress up those wine racks…

Setting the Fall theme for your wine cellar could actually be just as simple as dressing up your wine racks in a different stain and finish option. If you have unstained ones, then now would be the best time to consider coating them with some attractive hues such as Classic Mahogany or Dark Walnut. The bolder colors will make both the wine racks and your bottles stand out. Want to add a touch of fancy? Go for some lacquer on your racks and other wine cellar furniture as well!

Stock up on Fall wines…

Technically, this is not “decking out” your wine cellars with with Fall-themed decor. But it also wouldn’t feel like the season has really arrived if you don’t stock up on the appropriate wines. Some of our favorites are light to medium-bodied reds such as Pinot Noirs, Grenache-based wines, and Beaujolais. But also don’t forget your whites! Chardonnay is a must and so is Viognier and other sparkling wines.