I’m not going to lie, eight weeks always seems like a long time until you have to build an entire room from scratch, but who would do something that crazy? Oh wait, that would be me! Haha! Eight weeks ago I set out to build a DIY Basement Wine Cellar and I did it! There were many moments of panic, several tears, and a lot of curse words, but I did it! Before I skip to the good part, thank you to everyone who has followed along, cheered me on, and sent words of encouragement. It means the world to me! Another huge thanks goes out to the folks at the One Room Challenge and Apartment Therapy who put on this event. Now are you ready to see it?
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Wine Cellar Before
Before I overload you with ALL the photos, let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? Eight weeks ago the wine cellar was not even a room. It was merely a dark place in the basement under the stairs, full of cobwebs and things I probably don’t need, but that’s a whole different conversation. Turning this random storage space into a wine room was a great way for me to utilize the small square footage in an more efficient manner. Not to mention the ideal conditions with no direct sunlight and a natural cooling system with the concrete exterior wall and floors providing the ideal temperature.
It left A LOT to be desired, like walls and floors and such. I definitely had my work cut out for me. If you missed the journey over the last eight weeks, you should take a few minutes to catch up on week one, week two, week four, week five, and week six first. When I left you last in week six, this is what the room looked like. Definitely a vast improvement, but still not a wine cellar by any means.
DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal
Barry and I are wine lovers and have always wanted a home wine cellar because, well, it sounds cool! We do drink a lot of wine and have always wanted a fancier way to store our wine collection. Once I dreamt up my massive custom wine racks, I new this had to happen! The wine rack was quite the challenge (if you follow me on Instagram, you know how this went) but I finally pulled it off! Full tutorial coming soon 😉
This custom wine cellar holds 83 wine bottles in total, 55 bottles of wine on the wall unit and 28 on the IKEA wine cabinet I made in week five. But the star of the wine cellar build is definitely the custom racks with hidden LED backlighting. Because of the size of the wine cellar, I really wanted the wine rack to take up as small of a footprint as possible and chose to build this to accommodate that. This was a good idea to achieve the specific dimensions of my unique room and limited budget. The cost of building was about $250.
In week four, I added the faux brick walls for a bit of texture to make the room feel more like an underground wine cellar. I definitely had some skeptical fans out there, but I am very happy with how it turned out. With such a small space, I wanted to bring in as much personality as I could with out it being overwhelming.
Since this small room started off not even as a room, I also had to add flooring. In week six I laid the luxury vinyl plank floors and they really made the cellar space feel like a room. They were the perfect option for the concrete floor and are waterproof with a vapor barrier underneath.
After much consideration in the wine cellar design phase, I chose not to add a wine refrigerator since we only really drink red wine and not white wines. A cooling unit would have taken up additional space which was an important consideration for this small wine cellar. Besides, the concrete walls and basement location already provide proper conditions keeping it at a good temperature not requiring climate control.
This last week I was able to add a special piece to the wine cave that I have always wanted. A Vintners Wine opener. I loved this one but couldn’t bare the price tag. Luckily I was able to find this one on FB Marketplace for only $40! Much more realistic and still a good choice for this corner.
While I do not consider myself a wine connoisseur or a wine aficionado, we do have a few special bottles in here, but we are not looking at aging wine for decades. It will be consumed too soon for that 😉 However, this was the perfect spot and just the right size for our DIY wine cellar!
Ok, let’s talk about the elephant in the room, or shall I say not in the room. The wine cellar door. As I mentioned earlier, it was crunch time and some things did not go as planned. I will still be adding a door but I think it will be in the next phase of the basement project, so stay tuned. The only clue I will give you is it will not be see though so there will not be glass doors 😉
With a tight budget and a little imagination, I was able to create a great wine cellar. Even though there wasn’t space for a tasting room this might be the coolest DIY I have ever done 🙂
I am not going to lie, this has been a long eight weeks with little sleep and a lot of hard work! So for the next week you might find me down here raiding my own wine cellar. I mean, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? I added this stationary clock so I never forget 😉
Also, if you have missed any of the behind the scenes, I am saving them to my Instagram story highlights and I will be sharing some additional behind the scenes in the coming days!
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