Remember how I was all like, “Oh yeah, I’m totally going to do a project on MLK day when I have all this time on my hands!” It was between a wine rack, floor pillows and a green house. Then I told you the winner was the wine rack. Well, I have a confession. I didn’t actually build this wine rack myself. My dad did. My dad surprised me with a DIY wine rack that he made. And I love it. The DIY part is that it still needed some work done to get it to fit above our refrigerator.

My dad used pine, a ton of screws and some wood glue to build this bad boy. However, there were some little finishing touches (including paint) to make it look a little nicer.

There’s not much I could do about some of the spacing of the rows, but that makes it rustic, right?

I did, however, want to make sure that there weren’t gaps between the small boards and this bottom edge. So what did I do?

Spackle. Gotta love my spackle. Just smeared some of that in there and when it dried used my little fine grit block sander to smooth things out.

In order to get all the way down into the wine rack without dismantling it (it’s partly glued together, remember) I decided to use Rust-Oleum’s primer and semi-gloss in white. After priming from the top, I flipped the whole thing over and got the back making sure to do thin and even coats to prevent drips and leaving about 20 minutes between each coat. I used the entire can of primer and the entire first can of the semi-gloss (I bought two of the paint).

At this point, I realized the ends of each of the small boards were soaking up the paint despite being primed. Yup. Awesome. I went back to my trusty spackle and put a thin coat on the end of each of those small boards. Not necessarily what it’s made for, but it got the job done. I sanded each end a little and gave it another coat before I ran out of sunlight.

To be continued… (update: Read Part 2 here!)