Gas Meter Cabinet & Wine Rack Pt. 3

So the last time I did an update on this project, our cabinet looked like this…


After we dry-fitted the wine rack, it was removed so we could add a “floor” for the rack to sit on, add smaller pieces of wood to help finish framing in the sides, and then we painted the inside black. Oh, and we added a black, breathable cloth to the back. The picture below just looks like a black hole, but that’s what it looked like after all of that.


This is a slightly better picture with the shelving back inside the cabinet. The shelving is now sitting on the floor of the cabinet. The small diagonal wood pieces got added as an extra support at the bottom for once there’s bottles pressing down on the angled pieces of wood. Those also got painted to blend in.


Tim’s dad worked on making the drawer, though I don’t think I ever saw it in progress. I came home after a long day of work and the drawer had been installed and the front piece had been put on. The nail holes had already been filled in, too. I was okay with all of that.


We (as in Tim) attached the front piece to the drawer, painted, and then headed to Home Depot to pick out handles for the drawer. Because it’s a fairly long drawer, I wanted two handles and they had to be darker to go with the inside of the wine rack. I couldn’t find the exact ones we got online, but they’re similar to these.


The bottom trim as been installed, and the top would have been too except the wrong style was purchased…so that has to go back. We have a couple trips coming up, so top trim and paint touch-ups will probably (sadly) be put on hold until after those.  Oh, we did figure out that we could fit at least 10 bottles of wine in the three largest cubbies, though we probably won’t. We’ve already started using the drawer by moving coozies and various bar utensils into it. It’s so handy!


Gas Meter Cabinet & Wine Rack Pt. 2

So if all goes according to plan, the cabinet and wine rack being built to hide the gas meter should be ready for paint this weekend! (Insert 1,000 more exclamation points here).

We (as in Tim and his dad) took a break from working on it through the holidays, but are back at it. The shelf was securely attached and the top half of the cabinet was finished being framed out.


We actually decided to nix the doors on the top half and do a single piece of wood to hide the meter. It allows us to hang a piece of art on it in hopes of trying to district from the cabinet. The single board is screwed into the frame with four screws, which I’m not a huge fan of and am trying to think of a way to hide them. We can’t put trim over them in the off chance of us ever having to access the meter and needing to take the board off. We all know the chances of this happening are slim, but it has to be considered. I’m hoping that once the cabinet is painted and something is hung up, the screws won’t be as noticeable.


For the wine rack portion, we’re using this as an inspiration. I like the contrast between the neutral wall color and the dark brown rack. We used birch boards which were cut to allow them to interlock with each other. From there, the wood was stained to match the shelf. Since the edges are going to be the most noticeable, we painted those a dark brown/black. We’re going to be using a dark colored breathable material in the back since this is on an outside wall. It’s similar to what you would find velcro-ed to the bottom of upholstered furniture. I was concerned that if the wood boards were painted white they would get scuffed up from the bottles and look dirty or dingy because of that material in the back. I also wanted larger cubbies so several bottles could be placed in each, so the design was based off 10 inch square cubbies.


The rack was set inside the space to be dry fitted so we can adjust everything before securing it in there for good. There’s going to be a drawer above the rack, so there’s some extra spacing there. The inside needs to be painted dark to match the rack.


Once everything is installed and painted, we have to trim up the top and bottom to match the other cabinet and the support beam. I can’t wait to get this filled with wine!


Gas Meter Cabinet & Wine Rack Pt. 1

Project “build a cabinet to hide our gas meter” has finally started. The cabinet to hide the water meter was done last spring, and now it’s time to get the other cabinet done. As of right now, the plan is to divide the column in half—the top would be a cabinet with two doors that would give us access to the gas meter, and the bottom half would house a wine rack.

The process to building the walls of the cabinet are basically the same as the water meter cabinet—sanded pine boards cut and attached to the studs on either side of the cabinet. We will have to fill in the gab where the two walls meet, and then it will eventually be painted to match the rest of the basement. In the two pictures below, the sides hadn’t been attached to the studs yet, but now that they, are the gap isn’t as big.

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After we had the two sides put up, we measured for a shelf. Since the bottom half will hold wine, we thought it’d be good to have a shelf for us to set bottles on to open.


While the shelf was being cut and stained, framing to the bottom half was added. We want the cubby holes for the wine to be a diamond shape and hold at least 4 bottles each. We’re even considering adding a stemware rack under the shelf to hold wine glasses since the space is so large. Now we love our wine, but we’d have to buy quite a bit to fill that space!

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So here’s where we are today…framing started with the shelf done! The next step is to build the front side of the cabinet so we can start thinking about doors.

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Remember That Basement Project?

You know, the one we started roughly two and a half years ago that gets worked on here and there? Yeah, that one. Well here’s an update on it.

It’s still not done.

But we are soooo close!

At times I feel like nothing has been done in the last year since carpet was installed, but then again I feel like quite a bit has happened with the basement in the past year. The support beam finally got covered, a cabinet around the water meter was built, the door for under the stairs was started, the table, chairs and light pendant were all purchased, and some art was hung. That’s definitely getting some stuff done. The wedding, loads of work traveling for the Hubs this past winter, and sailboat season (which we have big plans for!) once again approaching has caused us to not get everything crossed off the list. But we’re still utilizing the new space almost every evening, we just happen to have a few things left to do.

So here’s how it’s looking right now. PS, the lighting in these pictures isn’t the best, but it looks so much better in person. Between artificial lighting (only one window in the bathroom) and me still learning how to use my SLR camera, the pictures don’t have the best coloring. I didn’t stage any decor either because let me be honest—there isn’t much for decor yet down there.



BasmentUpdate513-3When you’re standing in the back where the future bar will go, you can see how, decor wise, we have quite a bit to do yet. The TV cord needs to be hidden (which we have a tube inside of the wall already set up for it) and more art to be hung.

I loooove the table I purchased from West Elm right after Christmas, and the light pendant is from there as well. We scored the ivory, tufted parson chairs from Home Decorators during an upholstery sale, making each chair just under $90 each. The chairs aren’t carried online through HD’s website, but they are available through their Amazon store and in-store. They’re actually sturdy and fairly comfortable, so we’re both happy with them.


Here’s how that support column turned out—trim around the top and bottom of it! Ignore the slightly crooked photo…I promise the beam is straight.


As for the ugly wall…we nixed the dry-erase wall idea and decided to just paint it the same gray as the stairwell when I repainted the upstairs last fall. The rough patches are really only noticeable if you’re looking for them, and I like the continuation of color down the stairs to the landing. Perhaps someday down the road, we’ll address it with another plan, but for now, the paint works.


As for what we still need to finish to officially consider the basement complete:
• Build a cabinet around the gas meter (similar to the water meter), with the bottom half being a wine rack.
• Build or install a bar and purchase stools
• Finish trimming out the door under the stairs
• Put the stair railing back up
• Decorate! Though this isn’t really necessary to consider it finished, but it would be nice to have more art on the walls and other pieces to really tie everything together.

We really love this space. Have I mentioned how awesome of a place it is to take naps and watch movies? It gets so dark! It’s been a long road to get the basement where it is today, and though we still have a bit to do, it’s been worth all of the time and money that has gone into it.


Hook-n-Hang ‘Em

So even though we are still without a bed in the guest bedroom, that hasn’t stopped me from making a couple other tweaks to the room. Before we even got rid of the bed, Tim had hung the other shelf for me on the wall to the left of the one window. I’m still adding and rearranging art work between the two shelves trying to find the best way to display them all. So for the past few weeks, this is what that wall has looked like:


Then one day last week I got an itch to add some hooks in the room to hang scarves, bags, or whatever a guest may need to hang. I found these hooks at Anthropology and fell in love with the shape of them, but me being a cheap person, wasn’t willing to pay $12 for just one hook. So I took a trip to Home Depot and after a bit of back and forth between a few styles, I decided on these hooks for $3 each.


At first I thought about putting the hooks under the window that was to right side of the bed, but without a bed in the room right now, it was hard to judge where to place them. So the only other place in the room where hooks could work is under the shelf, and what do you know, I ended up loving them there.



The size of these are perfect for what I was wanting, and after comparing specs, the Anthropology ones were taller, so I’m not sure if those would have worked in the end. Makes me feel better about not splurging on them. The hooks aren’t screwed into any studs, so I won’t be able to hang anything with substantial weight from them, but scarves and an empty purse or two are just fine. I figure I can remove any of the items if a guest is staying to make the hooks available for them.



I have the scarves I wear most often hanging right now, but those could easily change as the season does. I love the added color in the bare room. We’re expecting my sister at the end of next month, so a bed will be back soon enough. I also like the thought of hanging the next day’s outfit up on the hooks so I don’t have to dig through my closet or a drawer for a piece of clothing. Anything to get me moving a bit more quickly in the morning is always a plus in my book.