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Wine Cellar Ideas: Building a Wine Cellar in Your Basement

It’s reveal day and I am so excited to share my Wine Cellar Ideas with you!

As you know I have been working on my Basement Wine Cellar for the $100 Room Challenge. It’s a small 50 square foot space that a previous owner built. It was a cool room but now it’s a fabulous room that works for our family.

Wine Cellar Ideas pin for pinterest.

Check out the other weeks of the challenge:

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 (this week)

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Wine Cellar Ideas

As I said, this room wasn’t in terrible shape, it just didn’t work for us.


The before photo of what the wine cellar looked like with junk everywhere.
  1. There was way too much wine storage and we don’t collect wine.
  2. We need more shelving for liquor and entertaining dishes.
  3. The room is way too dark, there needs to be something done to lighten the wall color but still have the old world look.
  4. The finish on the shelves is very rough, it’s impossible to keep this room clean.

The first thing we did was to delicately demo the room. My husband was in charge of this and he did a really good job.

This shows after the demo of the shelves in the wine cellar.

Step 2 was to take care of the walls. I was really nervous about making sure the walls still look aged and old world-ish but I think they turned out really well.

Here are the wine cellar walls after I painted and aged them.

Now it’s time to rebuild the shelves, finish everything with stain and multiple coats of poly, and put everything back in.


Unfortunately, we were unable to use most of the wood we removed. It was either destroyed in the removal process (not so delicate demo) or it was the wrong size to use again.

One thing we were able to repurpose were the 1×4 pieces that were in front of the slanted shelves. They were the pieces of wood hiding those cute nerf darts! LOL

We took each one of those pieces and cut them into quarters. These became our brackets to each shelf we installed.

We nailed each bracket to the sides of the walls and installed new shelves made of 3/4 inch plywood and trim to hide the ugly plywood edge.

We now have 12 shelves where before we barely had 4! Super excited about storage!

I puttied the nail and staple holes and sanded them down. I was really nervous about the wood putty accepting stain. The packaging says it’s stainable but is it really?

The putty did well, but the bare wood left by the old shelves and the part that I sanded down near the putty did not! This was something I did not expect!!!

After 3 coats of stain, I realized it was not going to get the same color as the rest of the wood so I went to paint. If you water down acrylic paint it acts like a stain.

I used brown and black acrylic paint as well as a little water and painted it on with a small craft brush. This finally started to look similar to the stain color. FINALLY! I was freaking out here!

There was a bit of a texture difference between the painted part and the stained but I was hopeful that once I added polyurethane that would make it all blend together and it did! Whoohooo! Crisis averted.

Here is the finished shelving after stain and poly.

The wine cellar shelving after it was re-installed.  Where there were 4 shelves there are now 12!

Basement Wine Cellar Finished!

And here is the finished room! I added tons of stuff, things I had in the kitchen as well as in boxes sitting on the floor of this room.

The entrance to the wine cellar with the iron gate.
The aged wall with the iron gate p against it and the wrought iron light fixture.
The shelves now hold all our glasses, wine, liquor and serving pieces for entertaining.
This shows the wine cellar shelves on the far right holding all the stem ware and some liquor bottles.
The center of the shelving unit that holds hanging stemware, liquor and some serving items in baskets.
The far right of the shelves with a large copper bowl, liquor and a couple bottles from the local grocery store to get bottled IPA's from the tap.
Here are the walls opposite the shelves with the wall sconces, large plate with wine and grapes as well as my Wild Turkey barrel.
This shows a wine book and a decorative holder for wine corks in the shape of a wine glass on the barrell.

I love the way it turned out and once all the stuff is in you can’t even see the minor imperfections on the back wall from the parts I had to paint.

Let’s talk budget. Previously I had spent $42.98 on paint for the walls.

The cost this week for all the wood was $60.98.

I had stain and poly on had from previous projects so all it really cost was for the wood.

That makes my total for the entire project $103.96.

I went over a few dollars but I think the transformation makes it totally worth missing a Starbucks this week in order to cover the overage don’t you?

Other $100 Room Challenge Reveals:

DIY Patio Ideas on a Budget: How to Transform Your Patio for Less

The Teen Room is Finished, Despite All That Happened

Farmhouse Laundry Room Reveal

Modern Farmhouse Coffee Bar

Wine Cellar Ideas Pin for Pinterest.

I hope you see how we took a room that wasn’t working and made some changes to make this room that not only looks beautiful but functions amazingly for our family! Now go add a basement wine cellar to your home;)

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As a licensed Real Estate Agent and an avid home decorator, I strive to give my clients the very best I can when it comes to staging, selling, and decorating their homes. I have lots of experience with paint color choices and love to DIY my home so I can have everything just the way I want it. I share my ideas and projects with the world in the hopes that I can help others have their homes just the way they want as well.

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Thursday 4th of February 2021

It looks so much fresher Wendy! You chose a great color to brighten it up. And it looks like it's way more functional for you and your family. Great work!


Monday 8th of February 2021

Thank you so much Christina!

Elizabeth Jones | Jonesville

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

It turned out so great! So worth the tiny overage!


Monday 8th of February 2021

I agree!


Monday 1st of February 2021

The new color definitely makes it brighter in there. It’s so much more functional for you now! I agree going over budget was so worth it. Great job!


Monday 1st of February 2021

Thank you Tracy! We are super happy with all the storage now!

Erin- Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

Sunday 31st of January 2021

This look so good! The lighter paint on the wall makes the room brighter without taking away from the look and feel of the space. I am also super impressed with your paint matching skills on the shelving. So hard when stain doesn't adhere or you can't get the right color, but you found a perfect solution. I absolutely LOVE this room, so unique! Thank you so much for joining another round of this challenge!


Monday 1st of February 2021

Thank you so much Erin! And thank you for keeping this challenge going every year!


Sunday 31st of January 2021

What a wonderful room to makeover and you did an amazing job! It is absolutely beautiful!


Monday 1st of February 2021

Thank you so much Sherry.

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