Wet Bar 2013

We completed the house in November 2007 and I never liked the kitchen. In particular, I hated the wet bar. The sink was all wrong and we used the wetbar tabletop as a place to stack glasses, which always ended up getting broken when someone bumped it in a drunken stupor.

My idea was to build an inverted wineglass rack like the nice ones in restaurant bars. The first step was architectural. I didn't know whether the builders of the house had reinforced the soffit above the wetbar so I had to dig into it through the drywall and insulation to confirm.

Good thing, because it was woefully weak and without support. I installed some reinforcement support beams and found all the places where I could drive support screws into studs so that the planned project didn't come crashing down after installation. After reinforcement, I replaced all of the lost insulation from the soffit and re-sealed all the drywall.

The idea was to build a hanging frame from which to hang wine glasses. This welding was the easiest part.

To avoid having to break my balls attaching this bastard to the ceiling, I welded up a top-frame to which the hanging frame will attach. The top frame attaches to all of the 2x4 supports in the soffit. To match the wine theme from the rathskeller, I painted the inside of the frame with the same color as the rathskeller.

I bought some nice oak hardwood planks and cut them to the length of the frame. I had to use a router to get the cut-outs for the wineglass bases just right.

This looks kind of like a wooden xylophone but it is the inverted rack with all of the panels attached.

After I was sure that everything fit and was level, I stained the oak slats with burgundy stain and the hanging frame with oil-rubbed bronze paint.

Finally everything is assembled and installed. Happy Wine Time is just slightly more convenient. The only afterthought is perhaps making this beast a foot lower because anyone shorter than 5'9'' is going to need a stepladder to reach anything. Good thing that I'm 5'11'' :)