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Tips On How To Create A Fairytale Wine Cellar Theme

June 17th, 2019

A late but warm Father’s Day greetings to all the wine dads out there! We hope your weekend Father’s Day celebration was a very happy one. Today, we have something that will make you dads prepare for that big Frozen 2 moment this 2019. Yes, that’s right! Frozen 2 will be on its way to the theaters this Fall. Naturally,  you just HAVE to take your little princesses to see Anna and Elsa on the big screen. So why not bring that fairytale touch to your wine cellars as well? We’ve put together some tips on how to create a fairytale wine cellar theme:

Fairytale themed wine cellar!

This wine cellar project for one of our clients is a wonderful example of how you can achieve a magical charm for your wine cellar. The secret is actually lies in incorporating the right details here and there. Let’s start with the wine racks. The racking arrangement has a great variety of bottle storage options and very cleanly assembled. We love the use of the Curved Corner Racks to wrap the assembly around the entire room in a seamless manner. But what we love most of all is the stain option. These are Rustic Pine racks coated with our Graywash Stain. Graywash is one of our newest stain offerings. It’s a semi-transparent stain, so no texture that comes through. The final product is a smooth finish while showing the beauty of the wood beneath it. When applied to Rustic Pine, you get a dusty hue with blush undertones. It is the perfect color for that whimsical atmosphere in the wine cellar! That goes to show how the right wood x stain or finish combo can create the theme you want for your project.

Graywash Stain on Rustic Pine racks

Now the next tip would be to put in some fanciful touches to your wine cellar. You can easily do this by selecting the right accessories. Take a leaf out of this project, starting with the wine cellar door. If you’ll notice from the first image up top, the client installed a beautiful glass door with wrought iron. The design is both delicate and intricate. It certainly matched the theme of the entire cellar. Then of course, you have the gorgeous artwork on the wine cellar archway. This is further augmented by more artwork on the walls on top of the racking assembly. They even created an illusion of more archways. These are the little details that gave this project that magical touch! ^_^

Whimsical, artistic details on the racking assembly

Gorgeous DIY With Vintner Racks In Dark Walnut Stain

June 13th, 2019

If you haven’t worked with WCI’s wine rack kits before, now’s the time to get started. These kits are not just easy on the budget, they can also really bring it when it comes to style. A lot of our Testimonial Thursday blogs feature satisfied clients using these kits. Today is no exception. We have another DIY project to showcase and it is a keeper:

Michael with his Vintner wine cellar

We have here our very happy client, Michael, and his newly completed wine cellar. It is a glass-enclosed beauty, featuring our Vintner Series. As far as wine rack kits go, our Vintner Series is the most popular one. It can definitely give custom racking some serious competition, thanks to the variety of designs it offers. In fact, Vintner has been called as “the next best thing to custom,” owing to the many options available for the racking units. Michael’s wine cellar is a terrific example since you can see the quality of the racks in the completed set-up.

If you carefully look at these photos, you will surely notice how seamless the racking arrangement is. The racks are nicely tucked into the corners and beautifully framed out by the rough-hewn stone walls and pillars. Unless someone spills the tea, one would most likely think this is a custom job. But everything came from the Vintner Series and put together with the use of a nail gun. The client went for Premium Redwood as the wood choice for the units. He also chose a bold Dark Walnut Stain option that elevated the elegance factor of the wine room. But what really pulled this gorgeous DIY together are the crown moldings and center seam trim. Thanks to these accents, the racking arrangement flowed seamlessly around the room. There are no awkward gaps between the different racking units and they actually look like they’re built into the space.

Glass-enclosed beauty

“I’m very happy with the outcome and everyone loves it. Let me know what you think. I did use a nail gun to put the racks together. I couldn’t imagine doing it without a nail gun. Then again, I did have a lot of racks to put together. It started slow trying to follow the instructions but once I did a few the rest went quickly. I think my cellar holds 1,150 bottles.”

~Michael C.~

Technical Tuesday Episode #431: Wine Racking Styles Mash-Up

June 11th, 2019

It’s another awesome Tech Tuesday, wine cellar buddies! And just so you know, our Grand Mahogany wood option is really killing it this year. We’ve gotten so many projects with Grand Mahogany wine racks, both custom and with our kits. Today, the spotlight shines on this wood choice once more. Check out this mash-up of wine racking styles and see why it works so well:

Project # 313908
Wood: Custom / Vintner / DKS / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 974
Where: Southfield, MI

A mash-up of racking stylesSo here we have a nice sized room that’s perfect for an entry-level wine room. The client obviously wanted to maximize the space and our design team certainly did that. They put together this versatile racking arrangement that utilized several of WCI’s best products. Specifically, this arrangement combines our Vintner and Designer Series kit, as well as several custom pieces. All the racks are dressed up in Light Stain option which matched the flooring and ceiling very well:
Vintner, Designer, and custom wine racksAs you can see, there is a great variety of racking options here. You have Individual Wine Racks, Solid Diamond Cubes with Face Trim, Archway with tabletop option, and Open Diamond Bins. Accents were also thrown in to give everything a totally finished look. There are full-height Quarter Round Shelves that work perfectly with the entire racking set-up. To create the clean lines and remove awkward gaps, center seam trim and moldings were also added:
Elegant Light Stain optionHere are some more snaps of the racking assembly up-close. As we earlier mentioned, Grand Mahogany is the wood option for this project. Grand Mahogany is one of our most popular woods for custom wine cellars. It is a refined wood, with uniform color that is quite sought after. It has a few slight variations that go from medium to pale pink. As for the hardwood, it sports a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight but can be slightly interlocked in some cases. As far as hardness and density are concerned, the wood matched up to sapele and cherry. And when it comes to durability and stability, it is no slouch as well. It can match up to sapele, hard maple, or cherry wood. If you want to see more projects featuring Grand Mahogany, check out our extensive photo gallery. *Cheers*
Solid Diamond Cubes with face trim

Working With Stains And Finishes In Your Wine Cellar

June 10th, 2019

There is much to love about stains and finishes in one wine cellar projects. Choosing the right stain or finish can really bring it in your wine cellar game. It’s also a clever way to refresh the look of your wine cellar without having to spend a fortune. But working with stains and finishes can also be a bit tricky. It’s like choosing the most suitable outfit to wear to a special occasion. There are details that you should carefully think through. We’ll help you out with that, using this gorgeous project we completed for a client as an example:

Grand Mahogany wine racks

When choosing your stain or finish, the first thing you need to consider is your theme. Are you going for a traditional look for your wine room? Or are you going down the contemporary route? Or perhaps you want something clean and open to create an illusion of a bigger space. You might also be a huge fan of the rustic, weather-beaten look. Once you have decided on a theme, select stains or finishes that can bring that out. Here at WCI, we actually have a very handy tool that can help you do that. Our Wood Swatch Simulator allows one to see the swatches of various wood species with our extensive selection of stains and finishes.

Dark Walnut Stain option on the racksAfter you decide on a theme, the next thing to think about is the number of coats you want for your stains or finishes. Will one coat be enough or will you need at least two or even three coats to really bring out the colors you want. Also take note that there are wood types that do really well with darker stains and finishes. Their grains patterns become more visible and attractive. One good example of this is Grand Mahogany. These beautiful racks on our client’s custom wine cellar is proof of that. The wood choice is Grand Mahogany, dressed up in Dark Walnut Stain. As an added option, a triple coat lacquer was also applied to the racks. We love the glossy and elegant finish that gives the entire wine cellar a truly luxurious look. Below are more snaps of the completed wine room. It is definitely a show-stopper! ^_^
Fixed shelving units Various wine displays