Custom wine closet.

What started as a minimally practical hall closet with ugly hollow-core, bifold doors is now a hugely practical, 100-bottle wine closet with bin stacking, beverage refrigerator, custom backsplash, accent lighting, and liquor cabinet.

The goal was to introduce style and function to an underutilized area of this Vermont ski house—a staircase landing between the downstairs bedrooms and upstairs kitchen and living area.

Tumbled eggplant slate and glazed garnet cabinetry worked perfectly without getting to theme-crazy. [Thus, the hand-painted grape cluster and straw-wrapped Chianti bottle mosaic is missing from the backsplash.]

The objective of this project was not serious cellaring. Because I was able to stock this wine bar as well as build it, I focused on wine that can be rotated out over the course of a year or two, with an emphasis on casual entertaining. Some of my mid-priced favorites that appear here include: Las Rocas Garnacha, Marietta Old Vine Zinfandel, Luigi Bosca DOC Malbec, Joeseph Carr Pinot Noir, Chris Ringland Ebenezer Shiraz, and Kermit Lynch Côtes du Rhône.

I flipped an old brass, nautical wine bottle holder from a ship and attached it to the ceiling to accommodate the stemware. Unconventional, but suitable until custom versions are accounted for (hence the dust-collecting manner in which they are currently being stored!):

I stained, painted, and distressed the bead board ceiling.


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