When I moved into my first home last year, I wanted to either have a bar or a beverage serving station. Looking at the prices of bar carts and bars I was a little discouraged. I was on a budget so I decided to try to find a piece to refinish. While shopping, I found wine boxes and decided that they had potential. I bought two for $10 each and I actually found the third box at Costco for free. At this time I did not know what I was going to use them for.
After stacking the boxes in the corner of my kitchen to use for display purposes, I decided that I could turn them into a wine bar. I wanted a rustic look and love dark wood. I had left over stain in my garage and decided to stain the inside and keep the outside the original color to show the wine company and outside design. Stain tends to run if you are not careful so make sure to tape off the areas you do not want the dark stain getting on.
Tip: When staining the inside of the boxes be very careful with the corners. Wine boxes are made for shipping, not a lifetime of use, and the stain with seep through the corners onto the outside of the box if you're not careful. Use a small amount of stain in the corners with a cloth. If stain does show up on the outside, simply sand the stained parts down until the wood is a lighter shade.
On the top shelf I have a wine cork storage and a wine opener. I love keeping wine corks for future projects.
Currently, my wine boxes are not secured together. They're stacked on top of each other. I love my wine bar and have no intention of dissembling it anytime soon but I like the idea that I can reuse the boxes or move them around to change my decor. *If you have children at home, I would recommend securing the boxes with wood glue or nailing them together for stability.
To hold the wine bottles horizontally: You can create this effect by using 4 inch pieces of crown molding and securing them with finishing nails in a zig zag pattern. Alternate the pattern on the other side. Leave enough room so that the bottom of wine bottle can fit.
Want to find wine boxes for free?
- Ask liquor stores (that carry wine) if they have left over boxes.
- Membership stores like Sam's or Costco sometimes have them laying out by the wine. Expensive wine is usually shipped in these types of boxes so they may not have them often.
- Check antique stores. That is where I found two of mine for $10 each.
Make it Spicy,