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DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

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 under my stairs 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? 

DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

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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 small area 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 unused space in a 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.

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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 oneweek twoweek fourweek 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.   

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal 

I am a huge wine lover and have always wanted a home wine cellar because, well, it sounds cool! We drink a lot of wine and have always wanted a fancier wine storage space. Once I dreamt up my massive custom wine racks, I new this had to happen! The wooden racks were quite the challenge (if you follow me on Instagram, you know how this went) but I finally pulled it off! Full tutorial can be found here ūüėČ

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

This storage capacity of the wine cellar is 83 wine bottles in total, 55 bottles of wine on the custom wooden wine racks 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 limited space 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 but the cost of my growing wine collection, priceless! 

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

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. 

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

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 storage area feel like more like a room. They were the perfect option for the concrete floor and are waterproof with a vapor barrier underneath.

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

After much consideration in the wine cellar design phase, I chose not to add a wine refrigeration system since we only really drink red wine and not white wines. Also a cooling unit would have taken up a large area which was an important consideration for this small wine cellar. Besides, the concrete walls and basement location already provide proper conditions keeping it at an optimal temperature not requiring climate control. If this wine storage room were located in the main living area of the house rather than the basement, temperature control would be more important for maintaining a consistent temperature. 

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

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 adds a vintage view to this corner.

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

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 ūüėČ However, this was the perfect spot and just the right size for our DIY wine cellar!

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

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 be no glass door ūüėČ

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

With a tight budget and a little imagination, I was able to create a modern wine cellar under the stairs. Even though there wasn’t space for a tasting room this wine display might be the coolest DIY I have ever done ūüôā 

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

I am not going to lie, creating a functional wine cellar in eight weeks was a lot of work! The lack of sleep and hours of wine cellar construction were definitely worth it to now have a custom-built wine cellar by me! So for the next week you might find me down here raiding my own stash. I mean, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? I added this stationary clock so I never forget ūüėČ 

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

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!

If you know any avid wine collectors who want to transform an unused closet, a back wall, or a dining room wall into a wine closet or wine wall, please share this and the full tutorial on the racking system I built. Cheers!

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

Shop the Look

Ceiling Light | Wine Opener | LED Lights | Wine Bar Cabinet | Motion Sensor Light Switch 

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Don’t forget to stop by the One Room Challenge to check out all the other participants and their big reveals! You will find tons of inspiration from all of these amazingly talented designers! So go give them a huge congrats because everyone worked so hard! 

Garrison Street Design Studio - DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

DIY Basement Wine Cellar Reveal

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