Monday, May 10, 2010
AFTER photo of our new wine rack -- in our kitchen.
When we bought our log "cabin," situated on the eastern slopes of the Rockies, we inherited a rather bare-bones design. That's not such a bad thing, since it opens up all kinds of possibilities. We've been working on the house, as of late, to make it ours -- to reflect our own personality and tastes.
A little history behind this particular project: The previous owners had decided soon after the construction of the house to add another room. As a result, the back exterior kitchen window became an interior one, which offered a nicely framed view into the newly added mudroom. Here's the BEFORE window:
BEFORE shot. I had to zoom in to show this area of the kitchen. So, it's fuzzy.
My BFF, Barbara, visited this "cabin" before it even became ours. I think her first words were "wine rack," as she pointed to this odd interior-exterior kitchen window. My husband, Jimmy, tackled this project soon after he retired. As you can see from the AFTER photo at the start of this post, he applied some creative genius (I think).
Here's an up-close look at the shelving (can you guess what he used?):
Jimmy used old dead Rocky Mountain Juniper branches found on our property for shelving. You can't really tell here, but each shelf is comprised of two similar-sized branches.
Jimmy found these little Juniper pieces and transformed them into shelf braces. The other wood -- the top shelf and backing -- is cedar lumber.
Some pointers and tips (in no certain order) from Jimmy, should you be inspired to undertake a similar project:
1. Make sure any found wood you might use is dead, dry and void of any sap.
2. Scrape off the bark and sand it.
3. When using found wood to form shelving, as in this case, select pieces that are similar in width and bend.
4. Apply Tung Oil to bring out the color and luster of the wood.
Before screwing in the back cedar lumber pieces, he used screws to secure the branch shelves. And he placed small plastic bumpers (found in the photo section of stores) on the limbs to prevent the wine bottles from rolling around. Alternatively, you could sand out groves in the limbs to hold the bottles.
On the back side of the wine rack, inside the mudroom itself, Jimmy added open shelving. Since it's where my washer and dryer are located, I keep supplies there on those shelves.
I am participating in Between Naps on the Porch's Metamorphosis Monday .
Posted by My Galveston Cottage on Monday, May 10, 2010