Make these awesome nightlights! Feed a 50-light string (get the kind with just one plug) into a hole drilled in a bottle’s side. We used a ¾-inch tile bit, then enlarged and smoothed the hole with a conical grinding stone. MORE: 10 Uses for Wine Bottles
Create unique baseboard. Glue corks side by side onto a base of 1/4-inch MDF and cut along the long ends with a saw to an even height. Attach strips of 3/4-inch molding to the top and bottom, and nail the strip of corks to the base of your walls.
Make this whitewashed wine rack! Stack and glue together 1-foot sections of painted terra-cotta drainpipe for a compact wine “cellar” above the fridge or in an open storage cubby. Get precut round pipes like the ones shown, as well as self-supporting hexagonal ones, for about $3 each; go to Sandkuhl Clay Works for dealer info. See more affordable kitchen-upgrade ideas in 28 Ways to Customize Your Kitchen for Less
Put in an under-stair wine rack! The pull-out bottle storage installed in the void beneath the stair landing in her Laguna Beach, California, home is a custom-built unit 20 inches wide, 3 feet deep, and 2 feet high that holds up to 32 bottles. The beadboard front panel is the same piece cut out for the opening, so the cabinet blends seamlessly into the wall.
Inspired to do the same? First, make sure your stairs are self-supporting and that there’s no hidden wiring or ductwork in the way. Once you’re in the clear, construct a box to your specs out of ¾-inch plywood. Then add slide-out shelves fitted with cutout fronts that cradle the bottles’ necks—or simply fill the box with a prefab wine rack. Finish with heavy-duty glides and a decorative front panel or cabinet door. And, like magic, you’ve got bonus bottle storage. MORE: vTurn a Planter Box Into a Wine Rack
Make pro-style wine storage. Keep bottles in a vintage wood riddling rack like this one. Once used by French champagne producers to stow fermenting bubbly, the salvaged racks double as wine cellars. Use a salvaged panel and a holesaw to make a rack like the one shown here.
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