The One Room Challenge is back for their 10th season and guess who is participating? You guessed it. Me! For the next eight weeks I will be transforming an unfinished portion of the basement under the stairs into a custom wine cellar DIY style! And I am so excited to share my plans with you! If you recall, this is not my first time participating. Last fall I made over a guest room, in the fall of 2021 I tackled the family room, in 2018 I did the backyard, and in 2017 I made over my mom’s kitchen. All of these projects tested me in new ways and gave me the courage to take on even more ambitious spaces! Are you ready to see my room?
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First thing, for those of you who are not familiar with the One Room Challenge or ORC it is a bi-annual event hosted by Linda at Calling it Home and media partner Apartment Therapy where bloggers and designers are challenged to make over a room in eight weeks and provide weekly updates. I’m not going to lie, it’s a bit stressful at times, there are often tears and many curse words, but it is always totally worth it!
For this challenge, I will be making my adult dreams come true with a DIY Wine Cellar in the basement! If you follow me on Instagram you know that I have been hard at work cleaning out the basement in preparation of finishing it. Did I mention I have to build the room first? True story! This is the space I am working with.
Pretty depressing huh? It is currently the home to the deep freezer, rolling wine rack, and MANY cobwebs. But for years I have dreamed of turning this into a legit wine storage room so we can showcase our wine collection. Since it’s a basement and naturally has cool air, I figured this was the best place to put it with the available space especially since it is really unused space.
DIY Basement Wine Cellar Plans
The first step is to build an actual room, or should I say wine closet? Right now this is just a nook in the corner of the basement under the stairs. It has been a dumping ground for random items we should probably just get rid of. In week one I hope to knock out all of the framing and wall studs. I did do all the framing for the bunk beds last time, but this will be a little different. Fingers crossed I am not in over my head.
I am not planning to add temperature control with a cooling unit, wine coolers, or cooling system since part of the room touches an exterior wall. It’s concrete walls and I do not plan to insulate it. The warm air from the rest of the house doesn’t seem to affect the temperature down here, so it should be ideal conditions.
Second, drywall. I am thankful this is going to be a small room because I am not a fan of drywall work. I might play around with some different types of non drywall options as well to avoid it as much as possible, but that is to be determined. Nothing like winging it on a tight timeline, haha!
Then there’s the flooring. This one should be an adventure. I would like to say this will be the easy part of the wine cellar with how much flooring I have laid, but first the concrete floor will need to be leveled and that makes me nervous. At this point I feel like I am living on a prayer, save me Bon Jovi!
Next comes the fun part, the wine! I have plans to build custom wine racks and make a wine wall on one side. This will likely be my favorite part because I can really get creative! I am anticipating my wine rack will hold about 70 wine bottles, but that’s just a rough estimate. I won’t really know for sure until I have the walls of the wine room built. Stay tuned!
Painting. On the interior walls there will definitely be painting. I mean would it even be a room makeover with me if there were no painting? I am one of those crazy people who finds painting completely relaxing. Just throw on a true crime podcast and go to town! Seriously, I am obsessed with true crime and probably consider my alibi at least twice a day. That’s totally normal, right?
This room will only be about 24 sqft so it will definitely be a small space. I have some big design plans to make the most of the limited space. I even have plans for a unique wine cellar door, but I don’t want to spill all the wine just yet 😉 But rest assured, I have a beautiful wine cellar design planned out. If I have any extra space I’m hoping for a wine tasting spot at well. This is my overall vision for the room.
So that’s the plan folks! Join me again next week to see how my small closet wine room under the stairs is going. There will be a lot of building going on here, so get ready. I will be sharing all the behind the scenes video in my Instagram stories so make sure you follow along.
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Don’t forget to stop by the One Room Challenge to check out all the other participants and be prepared to be inspired! I am surrounded by insane talent!