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Wine Cellar Ideas: Building a Wine Cellar in Your Basement

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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)

Wine Cellar Ideas

Like 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 shelve 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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