Thursday, October 20, 2011

Start "wine"ing!


The holder of the wine

It started like this.  Several months ago I got a wild hair across my butt (for those of you that know me, you know how unusual this is…NOT) and on a whim decided to tear apart my wine bar and redesign it.  This involved some ripping out walls holes in our walls.  Nothing major, mind you. It only created a gapping small hole in the middle of our home…not leading to the outside or anything.  No big deal.  We can live with it.  But while the renovation was going on I stumbled across some pretty awesome hooks at Pottery Barn (squeeeal).  You can find them here for only $10.00 a piece.  10 Bucks at Pottery Barn is unheard of!

Well, as you can imagine, I feel in LUV!  This was a serious kind of love…it was an instant attraction, love at first side kind of love.  The kind that is so overwhelming that you MUST act upon it immediately.  So I did what any rational person would do, I BOUGHT ME SOME!  Not just one, but TWO!  So bold I am!  That sounded a little like Yoda…go ahead, you can say it in his voice!  Its ok, we won’t laugh.

I was filled with glee the day they arrived. My heart literally fluttered in excitement!  Yippee it screamed out!  I grabbed them and ran to the wine bar and held them up to the wall that they were to be hung upon.  My hands were shaking I was so excited! (not really but it adds to the anticipation doncha think?)  Only to be disappointed.  They added NOTHING to the room.  They looked so tiny albeit a bit puny all alone on the pale grey wall.  Sadness ensued.  What shall I do?  I love these hooks.  I can not part with them.  They need me..I NEED them!  And then it hits me!  I have a few of these lovely pallets leftover from the bar counter we Mr. AKM built.

I cut them down to roughly 12” each and after a bit of sanding, then some more sand, and a touch more sanding.  By now I am wondering WHY I couldn’t just be a normal person and go buy myself a piece of wood! But I press on!  Cuz I’m determined like that...I’m no quitter!  I wipe all the wood down to remove the saw dust and apply two coats of my all time FAVORITE stain – Minwax Dark Walnut!  It is the only color I ever use.  It’s the best EVER!  Who’s with me here?  Lets just take a minute to look over this awesome can of Dark Walnut lusciousness shall we?

Then I attached them together with a couple of metal brackets that Mr. AKM had lying around in the garage. Screwed on my top wine hook then attached the second hook and WAH-LAH!  Here is what the end result was.  (Insert oooohhhs and aaahhhhs here).

Aren’t they just awesome!  Seriously…I heart them BIG TIME!  I love the contrast of the dark wood against the pale walls and all the white trim.  SWOON !  (I know the color is off but that is becuase it is more of a wine closet then bar...not easy to photogragh).  Now here is some picture love for you.  Go ahead and  oooohhh and aaahhhh to your hearts content.

This tray, that I coincidentally also purchased from Pottery Barn, was my inspiration for the entire bar.  I loved the dark wood and the metal handles. 

I bought this bottle of wine for the cute red shoe and it’s ended up being one of my all time favs!  Not that I drink much wine.  Don’t be looking at all the corks and judging.  I see that look of doubt in your eyes!  It took me 10 years to save all those…and my name is really Angelina Jolie!  You believe me right?

So tell me what you think.  Do you like them?  Yea ya do!  Now go get yourself some wine hooks and go to town!  And heres one last shot for the road....

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  1. I love how it turned out! I have been saving corks too! Craft stores and Pottery Barn actually sell them now!

  2. Awesome repurpose! Thanks for sharing with my newbie party. Please add my link as well to your list. Thank you.

  3. Love it. Hubby and I are big wine drinkers. this would be perfect. Just discovered your blog and I love it. I'm a new follower. Hope you stop by and check out my blog. I also have a link party every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.


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