Tuesday, February 10, 2015

WINE RACK LAMP

This little bar lamp is another one of those projects that I've had in mind for a couple of years and finally got around to while my friend Judy was here
The wine rack was a thrifted find and cost a whopping 87 cents.  I thought I would paint it and actually use it to hold wine, but it was too wobbly and quite honestly, too small.  I know, it holds 7 bottles of wine and I don't mean small in the quantity sense, because that's a couple of days weeks worth, right?  No, it's small as in the diameter of the holes.  Some of my favorite wines don't fit in those little circles.  Of course, I couldn't just toss it.  No.  Here it is in all of it's sad homeliness on the day I bought it.
I decided I wanted to make a bar lamp out of it.  I had already made that awesome little wooden corkscrew wall hanging for a guest post for my friend Deneen at Dreaming In Color.  (She's fabulous and I actually got to meet her and spend a fun day with her in Tennessee.)  I figured a cute lamp or bar sign would be nice to go with it.
Wine Corkscrew Wall Art
The first thing I did was take it apart and take it to my father-in-law to cut down the spindles and make it narrower. (Since it wasn't holding wine bottles, it didn't need to be so deep.)  After it was cut down, we painted it with Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint in Black.  This is a chalk-based paint and I love it for it's smoothness and true black color.  Then we waxed it with Miss Mustard Seed Clear Wax.  When I say we, I mean Judy....
This was her first time painting with chalk paint and I think she's a believer because I'm heading out to Arizona in April to help her paint her dining room table and chairs!  (It's not very often that I get to teach her something new.)
While she was here we took an overnight (2 nights actually) roadtrip down into Arkansas and in a cute little papershop in Fayetteville, we found some awesome paper that had a wax coating on it.  We cut circles out of it and used some Alene's Turbo Tacky glue to adhere it to the inside of the rack.
Then, Judy figured out how to get the paper on the sides for some extra "glo-power" by creasing it and then glueing it into the inside.
And right here friends is where I completely fell down as a blogger because before we glued the sides on we used some velcro and thumb tacks to attach a string of small battery operated twinkle lights to the inside of the lamp.  So....please enjoy this close-up of the inside....
Anyway... I really liked the way this lamp turned out and may convert it to an electric after I figure out how to make Sam a really cool bar.  In the meantime, we'll continue to use this cabinet as storage for our merriment.
Now I feel the need to make him some kind of sign because every blogger knows you need "3" to make a vignette...even on a bar wall.  I should mention that I hung this light on the wall.....
and then quickly realized I needed to do it in a more secure way because the Golden Child tends to slam that door to the patio.  So in the meantime, it sits on the corner of the bar and looks cute in all it's geometric patterned glow-y-ness.
I love the way it glows at night, when maybe after a few glasses of wine you need some ambient lighting....
Anybody got any great ideas for a fun bar sign that might go with this lamp and my corkscrew piece??  
Another unfinished project finally completed!  Thanks again Judy, you are the best!!  

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24 comments:

  1. Awesome! Such a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Love this! Only you, Danni, would think to make a lamp out of a wine rack. And what a beauty it is!!!

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  3. Seriously, Danni. Your imagination knows no bounds!

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  4. I'm all about ambiance lighting. Wheels turnin' on the sign idea.

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  5. Oh, so fun! That's an upcycle I would never have thought of - you are such a dynamic duo! It is perfecto next to the corkscrew. Don't have any sign ideas...yet. p.s. Hope to see you both in April (if you have any time leftover from the painting)!

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  6. I think this sort of sign would be awesome! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/105553184992751735/ Very cute vignette so far.

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  7. What a great lamp! I guess it's a Bud Light? bahahaha! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  8. Oh yeah, I love it, Danni ! And somehow it actually "looks" like a wine bottle with the lights switched on - great idea for a bar area :-)

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  9. This is cool! I want to make a bar this spring, if I can figure out how I want to do it.

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  10. You are so creative Danni! I would've never thought to make a lamp. Very cool. I actually saw a wine rack at salvation army last week... almost bought it, wish I did now! I hate when that happens! I saw a bar sign on clearance at Target. It was a galvanized arrow; I forget what it said but it was nice looking.

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  11. Are you kidding me?
    Who would have ever thought of that ?
    You're amazing Danni ( you too, Judy )
    What a cool, perfect actually, bar lamp !
    xoxo

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  12. Some favorite wine quotes for your sign: "You can't buy happiness, but you can buy wine and that's kind of the same thing" and "It's not drinking alone if your dog is with you." Since I don't have a dog, I'd have to change that part to goldfish. Are you renting Judy out? I need a crafting guru, too.

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  13. That is thinking outside of the box Danni. What a sweet bar lamp! I think it looks great sitting on top of the cabinet. As for sign ideas, here is a link to one I made for my outdoor bar that may interest you. http://www.interiorfrugalista.com/2013/08/the-sign-i-just-had-to-have.html

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  14. I was thinking of that 'you can't buy happiness......' quote that Baye wrote above (someone wrote it on my chalkboard wall at Christmas). I'm sure whatever you do it'll be great, that lamp is so innovative, I don't think I would ever have thought of that one, and I really like the waxed paper, great job.

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  15. What an amazing idea! That turned our really great. Fabulous repurpose of that wine rack.

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  16. Looks like everyone has some great ideas for your bar sign, so I'll just add that "you will know which one is right as soon as you see it". Meanwhile OMG, I love your new bar light!!! It is so unique and very clever to make a lamp out of a wine bottle rack. Funny that the openings were too small, but may it was for a promotion of very special and specifically size wine bottles?? Either way it's awesome and I love the paper yiu girls chose, too. Perfect complement in your orange and white room!

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  17. This is just amazing Danni! What a great vision you had.

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  18. Oh man...that makes me want to go drink wine right now! Well, let me get over this cold first.... Let me know when the bar sign up finished and up and I'll be over. :)

    -andi

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  19. Hah! What a great idea! You're just full of 'em these days. I'm a little dim and didn't realize the rack was shaped like a wine bottle until it was hanging on the wall!

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  20. You and Judy are a dynamic duo! It turned out great. I'm with you on wine racks not working out. In my case, it's bottle of wine in,bottle of wine out.

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  21. That is adorable. You and Judy make quite the crafting pair. And, I love all the orange accents in your beautiful living room.

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