Wine Racks

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Recently at an art sale, a woman entered my booth and exclaimed, “I feel like I just walked into Pinterest!”

I laughed. Pinterest is one of my muses for pallet art, as is Yahoo Images, and in this case, Orvis.

“Meli, come look at this!” My mom said while we were shopping at the Orvis Outlet in Vermont a few weeks ago. At this time, I had already built a few pallet wine racks. Lo and behold, a small pallet wine rack sat nestled among other eclectic items on the third floor of the store, wearing the hefty price tag of $80. And that was on sale. My mom had to practically drag me away. “Did you see…what on earth….why? HUH?!”

Now. I know not everyone is going to look up something on Pinterest, pillage for pallets, and break out the rip saw, but for those of you who do, feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions about the designs you see on this site. I don’t post step by step building directions on here, mostly because it only dawns on me to take a picture as the last coat of shellac is going on an item, but also because this isn’t a DIY tutorial blog. But if you want to know specifics, I’m happy to share. And if you don’t want to build something you see on Pinterest, you don’t have to spend $80 for a Pinterest look alike.

The large wine rack above was created from a half pallet and two pieces of reclaimed pine boards (one for the base and one for the glass rack). I did remember to take a picture as I was cutting the slots for the glasses. My dad suggested that I use a router and guide to do this, but call me a traditionalist; I tried it and resorted back to my trusty jig saw method, which provides a more rustic and less ‘perfect’ look, which is what I like with the pallet art:

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I love these wine racks. I just do. Maybe it’s because they’re funky and unique because each pallet is unique, but they’re also fun to build. Some of the ones I’ve made are half this size, have the glass rack at the top, or a glass rack at the bottom. There are so many variations. Best thing? Just drill two screws through the back panel into studs in the wall and you have a solid shelf that won’t go anywhere.


Now, if you are gasping in horror that your red wine will have to be stored upright, then there are options for you. Store white wine, beer, hard liquor, red wine with screw tops, or proudly display your empties. Because, according to my husband who has turned into a beer bottle hoarder (just take a look at our basement), that is all the rage.

Large wine rack: $39 (Yeah, Orvis, you read that right)

Medium wine rack: $29

Small wine rack: $19

About Mel

My name is Mel, and I spend my time living, working and playing on the east coast. I'm a reclaimed wood artist who loves to continually find ways to repurpose wood and give it new life. "Nature Calls: Reclaimed Wood Designs" is my business dedicated to doing that! Thanks for stopping by!
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