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Reasons Why You Can’t Say No To WCI Stains And Finishes

November 12th, 2018

A good number of our wine cellar projects feature our racking products with various stains and finishes. We love highlighting these projects for a number of reasons. First, we want to showcase how these stains and finishes can make a wine cellar look really unique. Second, we want to let our clients see how their different style preferences can be accommodated by these stains and finishes. Third and last, we also want to exhibit the difference using our stains and finishes. So here are the reasons why you can’t say no to them:

Eco-friendly water-based stains and finishes

WCI stains and finishes are eco-friendly!

Now this might come as a bit of a surprise to some people. Common knowledge dictates that stains and finishes contain toxic substances that can be harmful to both the environment and the human body. This is quite true – if you’re using oil-based products. That’s because oil-based stains and finishes have high concentration of VOCs ( Volatile Organic Compounds). Some of these VOCs are carcinogenic or neurotoxic. Exposure to high levels of VOCs, especially those that are neurotoxic, is dangerous to one’s health. Since oil-based stains dry or cure slowly, there is prolonged exposure to substantial quantities of VOCs. But not here at WCI! We use only water-based stains, finishes, as well as lacquer. The drying time of these water-borne products is just a fraction compared to the oil-based ones. Plus, they are UV-resistant, odor-free and easy to clean up. You only need soap and water! That means you won’t ever touch paint thinner or other potent solvents. And of course, they contain little to almost no VOCs.

Blended stain option and lacquer

WCI stains and finishes can be customized!

WCI has a fairly healthy selection of stains and finishes. Plus, we also do our best to keep coming up with new additions. Just this year, we added three to the list: Whitewash, Opaque White, and Graywash. But apart from the “standard” options, we also have the “blended stains.” This is a product that lets the clients come up with a really distinct look for their wine racks. This stain is exactly what the title reflects. WCI can blend any of our current stains together to create something custom for you. We can even take a custom match and match it up. For example, you can request for a swatch with 90% Light Stain and 10% Midnight Black. Or you can do a 50-50, like with Dark Walnut and Midnight Black, for a truly distinct and bold color on your wine cellar.

Wine Cellar Inspirations: Start Your Holiday Shopping Early!

November 7th, 2018

It’s never too early yo start building and completing your holiday shopping list. In fact, doing it early will bring in a lot of benefits. For one thing, you will save yourself from all that stress and hassle that comes with last-minute holiday rushes. Another huge advantage is that you will be able to get your first-choice gifts for people on your list. Also, never forget that you can save more money by being the early bird. Pre-Christmas sales (like Black Friday!) are just around the corner. That being said, we’ve thrown together a useful holiday shopping guide for you. This  list will be sure to please your wine-loving “giftees”:

Acrylic Wine Cubes

Acrylic Wine Cubicles

For the wine collector on your list, nothing will be more welcome than additional wine racks for their collection. But don’t go for the standard, wooden ones. This time, bring your gift-giving game up a notch with some uniqueness added in. Check out these Acrylic Wine Cubicles and see how stunning they are! These clear acrylic units can be stacked side by side to create a contemporary, contoured, flowing profile. They will make those wine bottles take on an ethereal “floating” appearance.

Customized Wine Cellar Artwork

What wino wouldn’t love a beautiful piece of wine cellar art? Whether your giftee has a formal wine cellar or not, they will definitely have room in their home for artwork. The best part is that you can fully customize this holiday gift. “Customizing” is also one way of budgeting! For example, here at WCI, you can request a custom artwork according to your budget. Wine-themed masterpieces are created on canvas and they can be painted in acrylics or oils. The design, size, and of course, price can be tailored to your desired price point.

The Quake Guardian Bottle Leash

Skip the usual pack of wine labels or tags this year. Make your giftee really feel the Christmas spirit by putting Quake Guardian bottle leashes under the tree. These leashes will protect wine bottles against earthquakes. Just how useful is that? Take note that a single leash is for use with single deep up to large champagne bottles. The double leashes are for any bottle sizes over large champagne and double deep racks of any size.

WCI Gift Certificates

Custom Wine Gift Certificates

Yep, you read it right! WCI offers gift certificates that you can customize for that close family member or special friend. We offer these gift certificates in several denominations, starting at $50.00. They can purchase anything off the website: wine racks, accessories, decor, and more. Plus,  you can even request for us to do a special design of their room! ^_^

Creating Unique Wine Cellars With Our Newest Stain Offerings

July 30th, 2018

We’re down to our last July blog, wine cellar buddies! This month was chock-full of inspiring projects and product launches. But we still have one more special feature up our sleeve in order to end the month on a high note. You’ve already seen us showcasing our newest stain offerings in a number of blog posts. So today, we’re going to show how you can create unique wine cellar styles with them.

Whitewash Stain

Rustic elegance with Whitewash Stain

Let’s start with the Whitewash Stain option. This stain works to give a whitish cast to the wood. It is actually a versatile finish that complements the clean, open themes of modern décor. When applied to your wine racks, it will make your cellar exude a “cottage by the seaside” feel. That’s because wood dressed up in Whitewash Stain takes on a fresh and clean appearance. It is essential to keep in mind that Whitewash Stain is a semi-transparent stain. That means that your wood’s grain patterns will still show through. It also adds a definitive ‘texture’ to the wood. This is what gives the wine racks that sought-after “rustic elegance.”

Opaque White Stain

Pristine beauty with Qpaque White Stain

Next up is our Opaque White Stain option. If you’re a fan of all-white kitchen cabinets, shelving, and the like, this is the stain option to try out. It will give your racks and other wine cellar furniture a pristine white appearance. Unlike the Whitewash Stain, Opaque White is not semi-transparent. It will coat your wood thoroughly. That means you will not be able to see through the Opaque White to the grain on the wood. Also, take note that a primer is added on to the wood firsthand. Then it is stained with white which makes for a pristine, solid finish.

Gray Wash Stain

Traditional with a modern twist with Gray Wash Stain

One of the newest stain offerings that rolled out of our production lines is the Gray Wash Stain option. Several months of careful testing was carried out before this stain option made it to the WCI stains and finishes catalog. The end goal was to create a look for wine cellar racks and furniture that is both traditional and modern. The gorgeous color of Gray Wash is uniform and smooth on the wood. It is a semi-transparent stain, much like the Whitewash. The only difference is that there is no texture that comes through.So your racks or furniture will sport a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the wood beneath it. ^_^

Explore Other Types Of Storage You Can Find At WCI

March 26th, 2018

We know that the WCI brand has been synonymous with wine storage. That is indeed our primary goal and what we’ve been working hard for all these years. But we’re also quite proud to say that we’ve been working towards accommodating other storage needs as well. That’s because we believe in making our products versatile and flexible in every way. So if you haven’t discovered these other types you can find here at WCI, we highly encourage you to check them out:

Vintner Beer Storage Rack

The Vintner Beer Storage Rack

Yes, that’s right! Vintner has really gone all out to become the most versatile among our wine rack “kits.” Apart from providing an entirely separate line of commercial racking units, it now also offers beer storage. The Vintner Beer Storage Rack is a free-standing unit that can hold all your beer cans and bottles. It is sturdy and spacious and can work well with our other racking products. While it is not stackable, it is fully customizable as it comes available in all the popular matching wood and stain options. So now you can enjoy collecting both your favorite wine and beer labels.

WineZone Wine Shelf Sysem

The WineZone Wine Shelf System

This is perhaps the most versatile storage system you can get out there. Do not be deceived by the name because the WineZone Wine Shelf System is not just designed to house your wine collection. It can do so much more! In addition to the Metal Shelving you can also integrate a black melamine shelf for other merchandising or storage options. With this, the shelf can be utilized for a variety of storage options. It can store glassware, gift baskets, decanters, olive oil, and other liquors. It can even double as case storage. Moreover, the shelf can be further used as a tabletop option. With the addition of a second shelf with glass rack attachment above, it can become a complete tasting station.

Custom Cigar Humidor

Custom Cigar Humidors

Just last week, we featured a Testimonial Thursday from a client who integrated our Cigar Humidor into their private wine cellar. While it doesn’t get the spotlight as much as our wine racks, our custom Cigar Humidor deserves a lot of love. These cabinets can be custom-made to the client’s specifications. There are so many options available such as having the cabinets with clear glass doors and  its own lock & key. You can can also have angled wood cigar shelves to display cigar cases or loose cigars. Another option would be pull out shelf for additional loose cigar and accessory storage.