Tag: storage

DIY Wine Rack (Riddling Rack)

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UPDATE: Instructions and diagrams for building your own DIY wine rack are here!

We still have family in town so things are still a bit crazy, but I’m taking a few minutes to tell you about the awesome Christmas present my husband made for me. I love getting handmade gifts — the thought and effort behind them make them so meaningful.

I had wanted a way to store wine for a while and I had been trolling Craigslist for wine cabinets, but the problem was, we just didn’t have a good place to put a wine cabinet. Chris solved this problem by building a wine rack and mounting it to the wall. It took him a couple afternoons to build, sand, and finish it, and then he wrapped it and hung it up like this (sorry about the grainy pic):

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I got to tear the paper off on Christmas morning and reveal this beauty:

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This style of wine rack is called a riddling rack. It’s how wine bottles were stored when making sparkling wine — the wine bottles were turned and the angle increased every day, although nowadays few winemakers do this manually anymore.

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Chris made this out of redwood fence pickets that he cut, nailed, and sanded. He finished it off with his own homemade Danish oil mixture (1 part oil-based polyurethane, 1 part boiled linseed oil, and 1 part mineral spirits) which gave it a protective finish but kept the natural look of the wood.

It’s not perfect, and the bottles sometimes hang at slightly different angles because of the different bottle shapes, but it works, and I really like it. It is hung on the wall near the “bar” area (although we only have whiskey right now).

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I experimented with moving the “bar” table under the wine but it made the sofa seem lopsided on that wall, so I went with it as is. And we finally hung some art and our wooden masks from around the world in that corner.

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Chris has promised that he will walk me through the tutorial on how to make this riddling rack soon…so stay tuned for that!

UPDATE: Instructions are here!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas/winter holiday. We didn’t host any big events this year…only Christmas breakfast, so I kept things simple:

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Just a red and white runner, some mercury glass votives, and my everyday white plates. It was a beautiful morning and the light coming in through the sliding glass door (that we recently installed) was lovely.

Lots more projects to work on in 2014!

Sharing at Remodelaholic, ThriftyDecorChick and TatertotsandJello!

Super Useful IKEA FILUR Bins

I was over at IKEA shopping with a friend the other day and I found these great organization solutions: the IKEA FILUR Bins. (This is not a sponsored post…I just enjoy sharing products I love!)

My issue was that I don’t have a small recycling bin inside our house, so I used to just keep the recycling in a brown paper bag that I would take out to the big bin outside every day. The baby was starting to get into it though, so the paper bag ended up on the dinner table most of the time. It’s not very appetizing to have a bag of garbage sitting on your dinner table all the time.

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The IKEA FILUR bin was an awesome way to corral the recycling, but it actually still looks nice, with it’s clean lines. It doesn’t look like a “trash” can. This one is the 7-gallon bin and it was $10.

I’m toying with the idea of stenciling a design on it but for now I’m enjoying how it’s just clean and white.

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Never mind the weird peeling wallpaper behind the fridge. It’s one of those little things that comes with buying a fixer-upper that we just haven’t gotten to yet. Eventually Chris will finish adding a cabinet around the fridge and we’ll strip and paint that back wall.

I also got a 3-gallon bin for the bathroom.

IKEA FILUR Bin with Lid

You know, it really is the little things. Before, I just had a small open trash can and having it open was just unsightly. Stray tissues, hair balls, bits of floss….just not clean and inviting. So this little IKEA bin hides the mess out of sight and fits perfectly in our small and snug bathroom! This one was $5.

IKEA has a lot of nice-looking storage solutions that I never noticed before…and they’re super affordable. Often when I go there I get drawn into all the cute pillows and accessories and I don’t actually look at the “boring” storage containers. But these two bins have already made my life a little more streamlined and a little neater!

How do you store your recycling? Have you found any great storage solutions at IKEA lately?

A Purely Functional Laundry Nook Update

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I know this photo doesn’t look like much and you’re probably wondering, “Is this a before picture?”, but this little laundry nook update adds a lot of function to the space, and is making my life a whole lot better, even if it doesn’t look pretty.

Whew. Now that’s out of the way, let me explain. Here is the laundry nook sans cabinet.

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Our laundry nook is an unfinished little space that we created when we combined the master bedroom and one of the smaller bedrooms. It is made up of a hallway and a hall closet combined into one, which is why it looks so haphazard.

Since the baby came along, we sectioned this nook off with a baby gate so that she couldn’t get into the detergents and cleaning solutions and poison herself. But I still didn’t feel like this was secure enough.

Luckily, Chris’ brother was discarding a bunch of kitchen cabinets from his new home, which he and his wife are remodeling in a totally modern style. These cabinets were sturdy and in good condition, but not the style they wanted. So we inherited them and they sat in the garage for the better part of a year. Finally, we dusted one of them off and installed it on top of the washing machine to store toxic chemicals.

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Bam! Fast and dirty, functional update.

Of course this room will look a lot better someday, but in the meantime we have so many other projects to do! And it’s working fine right now even if it’s a bit of an eyesore. Imagine it with bright and cheery paint, perhaps even some subway tile, all the seams and corners finished up, and perhaps a pretty laundry-themed piece of wall art.

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So if you’re doing a remodel of your kitchen (or know someone who is), don’t throw away those old cabinets before considering where else in your home they might come in useful! Even if it’s just in the garage for storing tools!

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