Wine Rack for an Eclectic Kitchen Redo

I have a friend at work whose sentences start with  “Here let me show what I’ve pinned. Can you make one for me?”. I love those words, it usually means that I’m going to be working in the wood shop or crafting, my favorite past-time. This time was a wine rack for her newly renovated kitchen. After spending a lot of time and effort painting cabinets, she wanted something rustic to sit on a wall cabinet, but not too deep as to obscure the window. This was my challenge.

Finished wine rack

What you’ll need:

  • White wood (the cheap pine from the hardware store)
  • Wood stain or the vinegar and steel wool used in this post.
  • Wood glue (and a Kreg jig if you’ve got one)
  • Freezer paper and inkjet printer, if you’d like to do a transfer, but it’s not required.
  • hardware, I used some oil rubbed bronze ones – but they turned out to be the most expensive thing on the wine rack. Long nails (3-4 inches) or screws would do the same job.
  • Router with a rabbiting bit, to fit the wood size you’re using.

Cut the wood to the required length. This was going to cover the entire length of a wall cabinet so it was cut to size. I had to use several lengths to get the size i wanted so I needed to glue and clamp the boards together. This is where a kreg jig is useful too, so you don’t have to wait for the glue to dry.



The shelves were cut to width and the hardware hole cut. Where these go was really trial and error i.e. I held a wine bottle and made a small mark where the neck started and then measured the same from the bottom. Yes it was that easy.


After using a wood stain to go dark. I tried experimenting with the transfer. I got my transfer from the folks over at The graphics fairy


You can see how my first attempt, lower right, didn’t turn out to be a great success, I had tried to wet the wood for easy transfer. However once I actually followed the instructions on the graphic fairy website for freezer paper transfer, it came out nicely, the one on the left.



The shelves are held in with a rabbit. This in its simple terms is a gauge made in the wood a little less than halfway through, which is the same width as the shelf. Routers are tools to be careful with, so take safety precautions when using.

You can also see here how positioning the transfer is crucial, the main aspect here ( the bee hive) is smack, bag in the middle of a shelf… 🙁



Once the shelf in in the rabbit, it can be screwed in from the back. This is a strong joint that will hold up to the wine being taken on and off the rack.

I didn’t wax or add any finish to go with the rustic look she was after.

I didn’t get any shots of the final rack before it went up, but here it is, in it’s final resting place. Looks great against the white cabinets.

Finished wine rack

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