Check Out My Rack

Today's post is dedicated to my sweet husband, David.

And not just because I'm talking about my rack.

But because it is his BIRTHDAY!! My wonderful man is a St. Patrick's Day baby and I am so excited to be celebrating another wonderful year with him. To the man who reads every single word of my blog posts, who only rolls his eyes at about half of the projects I suggest, who will actually pretend to hold a conversation while I'm discussing how upset I am over the fate of Brad & Emily and whom I have loved since 4th grade...
Happy Birthday, honey!!!

Now we can talk about my rack. 

For those of you who are new round these parts, I'm talking about the built-in wine rack on the wall between my dining room and kitchen. As I was repainting my dining room a couple of months ago, I decided to do something fun with the back of the wine rack. Thanks to the input from many of you, I finally made a choice and set a game plan into action.

And I chose option number.... none of them. I know!! I'm awful. So anti-climactic. I really loved all of the options in my post, but none of them ended up working with my new Ikea rug. With that said, I went on the hunt for wallpaper that would work with the new colors in the room (hence the reason we are fast-forwarded about a month!) but didn't really find anything I loved. And if I did love it, they wouldn't sell me the small amount of square footage I needed to cover the area behind the wine rack. Back to square one.

I think it was my girl Bailey who suggested that I paint the back of the rack. Bing bing! We have a winner. 


Yup, I stenciled my rack. For all of you who have tackled a stencil project before, MORE POWER TO YOU! You might be a saint. I quickly learned that stenciling is seriously tough. I also learned that I do not  have the patience to work with stenciling! Ah well. Luckily my project was just a mini-one.

My tools: stencil (from Hobby Lobby), stencil brush, foam roller, paint.



I painted the back of the rack the same grey color as my kitchen. The first medium I tried was a silver craft paint. Definitely hated it and definitely had to go.


After dealing with the ugly silver paint and the stencil itself, my patience was wearing thin. I thought it was best to make a decision that was easy, so I went with an old trusty friend.

White paint.


I love it! But it is seriously the worst paint job I've ever done- I just could NOT get the stencil to match up with my incredibly uneven 1952 walls + uneven built-ins. So this shot is as close up as you get ; )


Oh and you can judge me, because these are all empty vino bottles. Yup, I'm that girl that has zero full bottles of wine at my house, but has four empty bottles sitting in our recycling bin (which is emptied once a week).  Heck yeah.

Oh by the way, here is the previous owners' version of the wine rack right before we bought our house.

BEFORE


AFTER


Hm. Maybe one day I'll actually hang that art on the wall, instead of leaning it on my floor. One day.
I love how the wine rack incorporates the grey and white from my kitchen. 


Nope, didn't clean for you guys!! Sorry.

And I'm loving how it works with the dining room as well! 


Now that the stenciling is done (all it took was four bottles of wine!! ha), I am a happy camper!! : )





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61 comments:

  1. Perfect! Love it - Looks so much better than the before XX Samantha

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  2. It looks great! I have never tried stenciling before but it terrifies me... so I'm thoroughly impressed. I keep flirting with the idea of stenciling the inside of my hall closet. HA. I doubt it happens ;)

    ALSO...I feel silly and pesty giving unsolicited advice, but I think you're supposed to store wine bottles with the neck pointing down? Something about keeping the cork moist. You can tell me to shut up now, especially since those are empty bottles anyway (and you sound like my kind of wine buyer... I never have any to display!) :)

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  3. Opp forgot- HAPPY Birthday to the Hubs - May you enjoy a Guinnes or maybe a glass of Vino to celebrate :)

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  4. Oh my gosh it looks AWESOME! Happy Birthday to your hubby! Hope you shared some of those 4 bottles with him ;)

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  5. great job! IF you ever find yourself doing a stencil project again you should try the stencil paint sticks. They are like a big crayon, you just dab the stencil brush on it. It doesnt run like liquid paint so you dont have to worry about it getting under the stencil.

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  6. I just love it. And I have complete kitchen envy due to the size of your kitchen.

    And happy birthday to your husband.

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  7. Anna, thanks for the info!! I actually didn't know that! Many bottles are too big to fit in the rack so I have to tilt them, looks like I did it the wrong way!! :) Also looks like I really need to stock up, too! Geez, my shelves are bare!

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  8. Happy birthday to your husband! I hope you guys grab a pint or two :-) I love your "new" rack, I'm thinking of trying to use a similar stencil in our pantry.

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  9. Happy birthday to your hubby!! It looks SO SO great, Michelle!! The before and after is stunning...in your favor, of course! : )

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  10. Nice rack lady! And happy birthday to your hubs! Maybe you should enjoy some...wine together? :)

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  11. Loving it! I can't get over the paint color still...it does SO much for the molding!!!! Obsessed.

    Great idea. Love your rack...ummm..."the" rack. I don't know! It's awesome. k I'm done (:

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  12. Happy Birthday to the hubs!! "The" rack turned out great. I love the stencil.

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  13. First of all - Happy Birthday to your husband!

    Second of all - I am literally obsessed with your [wine] rack. Did your house come with that built in? Because if it did - wow, that's amazing. I would have loved it, just white, but the stencil job you did is AMAZING. Seriously - love it.

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  14. I am GREEN with envy over your rack ;)

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  15. It looks wonderful Michelle...and the colors are perfect! Love the way it really ties together the two spaces! If it makes you feel better...we store our wine on a shelf because we know it won't sit there too long! Happy Birthday to my little brother...I'm sure he cannot wait for me to give him his gift tonight!!

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  16. I absolutely love it! I'm thinking about stenciling a ceiling in my guest bedroom but I keep putting it off because I know it's going to be a big pain in the butt!

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  17. I love how it turned out. I just won a stencil from Emily Clark and now I'm scared to try it. I was going to tackle my 1/2 bathroom. Looks like I may need about 24 bottles of wine for this project. Happy St. Patrick's Day and b-day to your hubby. 4th grade? How cute!

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  18. LOVE THIS! You did such an awesome job stenciling! I love the pattern.

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  19. Happy birthday to your husband! And love the rack!

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  20. it looks fanastic!!! Close up shots are overrated so no worries.
    Wait what? No wine in the house? How are you even able to type a post? ugh get to the liquor store Stat girl! (psst I am loving Gnarly head Pinto Noir now adays) just sayin..
    ~Tana

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  21. I love it, and I love the view of the kitchen! Really brings both rooms together nicely :)

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  22. Okay, I am obsessed with than wine rack!! Where did you buy the stencil from??

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  23. love it! You did an amazing job as ALWAYS! Keep the photos coming.

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  24. i am so glad you went this direction, it is absolutely perfect.

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  25. OH how i wish i had a space for that!! way too cool -- i'm so impressed. love the black paint and the way you painted the back... trying to think hard of where i can squeeze one in.. loving your kitchen!!

    p.s. featured YOU today on my blog! loving your world over here!
    http://ow.ly/4gtZW

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  26. It looks great! I'll bet stenciling a small space is much tougher than stenciling an entire wall. It's hard to work in such small areas. I love the pattern!

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  27. Michelle, it looks WONDERFUL, and you've inspired me to try a stencil project -- Perhaps the inside of our pantry? Hmmmmmm ...

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  28. Awe! Thanks for the shout out! It looks beautiful. Ties in great with the kitchen. I LOVE it. :)

    Wish I had a wine rack now.

    I've been wanting to try a large stencil, but I am afraid. I want to paint my master bathroom wall black and do a hi-gloss stencil on top for a little dimension. But it makes me nervous.

    Have a great day celebrating!

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  29. Nice rack.

    I really like the design you chose. Very chic.

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  30. Seriously, I am SO in love with that blue! I think you made a great choice with the stencils.

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  31. It looks fantastic! I think this was probably your best bet when I think back to all the options you considered. I really want to stencil something, but I feel like it's going to be a real pain in the butt.. am I right? Sound like it, but I looks so so good:)

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  32. I think it looks amazing! I have never done stenciling, but I've always thought it would take a lot of patience. Looks fab!

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  33. I've ALWAYS wondered how people had the patience to stencil and entire room! It'd take A LOT more than 4 bottles of vino for me!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your wine rack though!

    Happy Bday to hubs!

    xo! Lauren @ tickled.

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  34. SO clever! Love the stencils. I, too, don't have the patience for then, BUT love them. Saw your blog from Wild & Precious. Come say hello at my blog la vie en rose (www.nataliehagerinteriors.com).

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  35. love how it turned out, Michelle! I've been considering stenciling a wall in our master bedroom...i was thinking it might be a HUGE painstaking project. now that you have confirmed that thought i think i will go will paper instead. thanks for saving me hours of frustration!

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  36. that looks awesome!! now everything is ready to go for when Rhonda comes over.

    ps
    im confused...if that is dirty..then what is clean?

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  37. Wanted to let you know I featured your post on my blog tonight in honor of St. Patty's! Love it!! xo

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  38. I have rack envy! :) Looks perfect. sorry it was such a pain . . .I have tried the stencil route, but notice there has been no blog post about it! Worst ever. happy birthday hubs and happy celebrating! I am holding up a Guinness in his honor as I type . . .well it's far away from the laptop!

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  39. Your rack is hot ;) You're so funny, I MUST meet you next time you visit Charleston!

    Happy Birthday to your man!

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  40. It looks great! Really! Love that it's both neutral and offers some pattern and interest at the same time.

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  41. hapy birthday mr ten june! i don't think my husband has read one word i have written, so i am impressed! although i have orally dictated some to him. ;)
    and your rack is HUGE, i mean awesome!
    really i love it- and i just bought the same stencil last week on sale! so excited to use it somewhere!

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  42. Love the stencil Michelle! That is such a cool little space!

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  43. Happy birthday to your hubby! Love the stencil idea. Your rack looks great! :) I bought the same stencil from Hob Lob a while back and waiting for the perfect thing to stencil! Seeing how well yours turned out makes me more excited to use it somewhere.

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  44. Your home looks beautiful! Great job with the wine rack. My husband's birthday was on the
    18th! Happy birthday to the hubbies! :)

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  45. Nice Rack! It looks great! It makes me want to go drink 4 bottles of wine!

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  46. whew -- I had some catch up to do!! LOVE the stenciling...I've yet to try it either!

    and the wedding looked amazing...and your line about loving your husband since the 4th grade may have made me choke up. Just a bit. xoxo

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  47. aghhh I love all things with a moroccan design! You did a good job, seriously, I wouldn't have even noticed any imperfections. And I love the paint color on the walls...so pretty!!

    xoxo

    Oh, and pictures of panty cookies will be up tomorrow :)
    xoxo

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  48. You are too CAAAUTE! I LOVE your Rack! LOL!
    It looks great! So SMART!
    I would LOVE to have you link up to my PARTY! WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!!

    And I have a party button you can grab and put on your blog so your friends can come too:)




    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

    xoxokara

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  49. Hi there! I saw your post on Tatertots & Jello & I love your ideas, as well as your blog! I'm a new follower! Hope you'll follow back sometime!

    Lyric
    www.fwmomtalk.blogspot.com =)

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  50. This is such a great idea - it looks a million times better with the stencil. Oh...and I'm not judging -- Cheers!

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  51. Nice built in wine rack. Just one bit of advice. I work for a wine distributor and you want to store your bottles facing down on there so the wine is always in contact with the cork so it doesn't dry out. :o)

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  52. Anon- Thanks so much for the insight! I'm definitely not a wine expert, so I appreciate it. A few people have told me that since this post... you live and you learn : )

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  53. Love your rack! How did you build it? Do you have the plans or the steps. I think my wife would love a rack like that...or at least I would.
    Thanks!

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  54. Great Rack! That looks great! Do you have the design that you could share the plans or maybe some step by step? I would like to build one myself.
    Thanks!

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  55. looks great!

    I work for a wine distributor in Chicago and I would reccomend you store your wine bottles facing down instead of up like you have them. You always want the wine to be in contact with the cork so it doesn't dry out and ruin your bottle of wine.

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