After months of stagnation on the organizational front, I’ve finally managed to take another step forward!
Behold my husband’s latest single-pallet creation – The Wine Rack!
Granted, it’s simply a variation on the wine rack designs already circulating through Pinterest, but I really found other designs wanting in size and character.
After weeks of constantly bashing the door into the stack of pallets my husband had collected and stored in our tiny laundry room, we decided it was probably time to do something with them.
I had initially purposed a beautiful dark wood entertainment center for conversion into a full bar, but after determining that the piece is simply too large for our dining room, I had to find another place to store our wine and liquor, as we are slim on kitchen storage space and I was getting tired of seeing our battered bottle-filled cardboard boxes beneath a table in the kitchen.
The construction of this rack is fairly simple, as evidenced by the fact that my husband managed to crank out a couple extra to give as gifts, resulting in three wine racks in one week, all in the limited spare hours surrounding his full-time job.
I specifically requested the inclusion of hooks for bottle opener and wine charms and had I more patience, I would have taken the time to find some vintage decorative hardware for these elements. As it happened, I was too eager to wait and am completely content with the oiled bronze hooks I found at my local hardware store.
In addition to the red mahogany stain by Minwax, I’m loving the script chalked onto the rack with my white chalk pens. I think the piece goes well in my green and wine themed dining room.
Now I just need to design a matching rack for my liquor and rock glasses!
I think I could probably function optimally if I had the luxury of hibernating all year long, awaking only for the fall season. Is that so insane? Or better yet, if three seasons out of the year were autumn-like, breaking for one month for a glorious snowy winter. I know there are too many obstacles to the practicality of this scenario, such as the obvious need for the spring and summer seasons to bring forth the beautiful leaves that eventually don their gold and scarlet hues, but a girl can dream, right?
What I’m saying, in a very verbose way, is that I feel so much more productive right now than any other time of the year. I’m still keeping on track with my weight loss journey, but I feel less obsessive about documenting it right now because I’ve got much more interesting ideas and projects on my brain. I’m getting organized too, which is really helpful to me when it comes to weight loss.
One of the organizational projects I’ve been working on is my kitchen. We’re renting, which has been really great, as we’ve been fortunate enough to have the most awesome landlord anyone could ask for. But as any renter knows, renting customarily severely limits your options when it comes to remodeling. In our case, the pink-and-blue flowered 1980’s styled wallpaper and giant white porcelain cabinet knobs were too much to bear and our landlord wholeheartedly supported our efforts to strip and paint the kitchen walls, and to replace the cabinet hardware with something less dated, like simple brushed nickel.
I have a lot of cookware and kitchen appliances and limited space; and if I’m honest, I’ve let quite a few of our kitchen cabinets become overrun with junk in the past 8 years that we’ve lived here. A perfect example is my “spice” cupboard, which very quickly became a spice-medicine-vitamins-and-any-other-junk-I could-shove-in-there cabinet. Yeah, it got really bad. After months of poring over Pinterest pins, I became obsessed with the idea of an organized spice rack made from pallet wood.
After securing a nice rough pallet from a friend, I proceeded to spend 3 months arguing with my husband over how to proceed. I could not find plans for a spice rack that suited me. I do a lot of cooking and baking and possess a wide variety of exotic spices, and as my goal was to completely clean out that darned cabinet, it was imperative that my rack be large enough to house my collection. Additionally – and this is where the arguing with my DH came in – it was my goal that the rack be made solely of the material from the one pallet.
Well, my babe came through for me. After roughing out a 3D model of his plans, he set to work prying apart and rearranging boards. As the pallet was a bit rough (which I personally loved), I decided on a distressed whitewashed finish, which goes along nicely with the look of my kitchen. I didn’t think to get a before shot of the pallet, but here is a shot of the shelf whilst being whitewashed.
After being anchored to the wall, I transferred my spices to some tiny adorable glass canisters that I found on Amazon and labeled them with chalkboard stickers. I think the end result was really adorable (Actually, I think I’m going to touch up the paint in some areas yet). Also, I found some cute vintage fleur-de-lis hooks that I think I’m going to attach to the bottom to hang some measuring spoons and pot holders.
In addition to feeling better about my organized spices, I now have an entire cabinet that I can now dedicate to tea cups and coffee mugs for enjoying hot beverages on these cool fall evenings. It’s a win-win!!