My buddies! My PALS! It’s still me… Beth! Are you still adjusting to the new name of our blog? (explanation here!) You all were so sweet and encouraging with your comments and even emails. I was worried that it would be a weird and difficult transition for both me and all of you. But it seemed pretty seamless… other than a few website glitches.
Today I’m going to throw down a tutorial for this Wall-Mounted Wine and Stemware Rack. My sister-in-law makes her own wine, and I thought it would be fun to make her something along those lines. I built this thing completely out of my head… and I love it when your brain-child comes to fruition!
I started out with a slab of 1×10 poplar (you can use any species obvs) and cut ‘er down to about 9” x 36”. I wanted the top portion of this wine rack to resemble that of a vintage cutting board, so I folded a piece of paper in half and drew out this design like so:
Be of good cheer… it doesn’t have to be perfect!
Using a jigsaw (you could use a scroll saw too), cut along those pencil lines! Once you’ve got that shape cut out, sand it smooth. I used my RYOBI random orbital sander and started with 80 grit and made my way to 220 grit. You want it super smooth!
Since I wanted this bad boy to be personalized with their last name, I designed a little some’m some’m and had my friend Dana whip up a vinyl for me to use as a stencil. If you have your own Silhouette or Cricut, you can easily make your own! But Dana’s prices don’t suck either, soooooo…..
If you ordered from Dana, you could omit those above steps, because your decals would come to you already weeded and with transfer paper… ready for you to slap on your wood! (don’t read into that too much with your dirty dirty mind)
I’ve used vinyl as a stencil LOTS of times before, but never with wood stain. I’ve always been nervous that it would seep under the edges and not have a good clean line. Since I was making this for a family member, I decided …GUINEA PIG! (sorry Carrie! LOL!)
It didn’t occur to me to take pics of the staining process… most likely because I was really concentrating. So I’ll just tell you… with gloves on, I wrapped a cotton cloth around my finger and dipped the very tip of my finger into the stain, wiping off the excess on the side of the can. Then I just lightly wiped the stain onto the wood, being sure that most of the stain was used up before I took to those vinyl edges. You want the LEAST amount of stain as humanly possible on your cloth when you hit those edges. Then peel off the vinyl!
As you can see, my lines aren’t perfect. But unless you put your face right up to it… you can’t tell! I love this weathered gray stain, but I wouldn’t go with a shade any lighter than this, lest you don’t have enough contrast between the stained and unstained wood. You want to be able to read it!
I sanded the edges and corners a bit, and drilled a hole with a 1” forstner bit.
Next cut a piece of wood the same width as your ‘back board’ (for me it was 9”) with a depth that will is slightly larger than the wine glasses that you’re using (enough so they won’t clank together when hung). Mine ended up being about 4” depth.
I drilled pocket holes using my KregJig like so.
I stained it to match, and glued/screwed it into place. I glued in a little wedge underneath for additional support. And so that it would look like a person.
Time for the leather ‘slings’ that will hold those luscious bottles of wine! I had a good size chunk of leather leftover from our DIY Leather Upholstered Storage Ottoman, so I laid it out and cut 2 strips about 15” long (point to point) and 5” wide. Test it around the size of wine bottle you’re wanting to use. I made mine on the larger side so I could fit a slightly larger wine bottle in the sling.
Next it’s time to add the snaps to the leather! We used these super ordinary snaps that you could get at Walmart or Hobby Lobby or ANYWHERE. I originally had my friend Dana (who has an industrial leather punch, in addition to an industrial vinyl cutter… lol!) help punch the holes in the leather and apply the snaps. But for the sake of this tutorial, I bought this leather punch to show you how it’s done so you can do it yourself. Because that’s the whole point of a tutorial… right?! (this post contains affiliate links)
- Find the ‘male’ side of your snap, and find the size that is closest on your leather punch.
- Mark where you want your hole with a pen.
- Punch a hole! We went through both layers since we want a hole on both ends of our leather.
- Admire your hole (I don’t know why I included this pic in my collage)
- Put the snap through the hole going from the front side of your leather to the back.
- Put your ‘female’ side of the snap over the edge.
Now you just need to affix them together using a pin punch. A couple good strikes with a hammer and you’re in good shape!
Then, the other hole on the opposite side of your leather, the side of the snap with the screw on it will go through. This is also the side that you’ll screw into your board.
I love how unique and custom it turned out! And it’s almost ART on the wall!
So much personality!
It’s hard to see in the above pics, but we also etched the same last name design on the wine glasses. It’s the little things, right?! (Etching tutorial here)
And here are some up close details, for your viewing pleasure. Because you spent SO MUCH TIME scrolling through this tutorial, I might as well reward you with lots of yummy pics, yeah?!
In case you’re wondering, my sister-in-law loved it! And so did Nick… he wants me to build one for us now. I told him he could go ahead and make one himself using my tutorial. Heh!
As always, if you try one of our projects, please send us pictures! We love to see your versions and get inspired by your creativity each time you email us your projects. There’s some crazy talented/creative people on that side of the computer screen (I’m looking at YOU!) …of course I’m not really looking at you; that would be creepy.