Inspired by Fall - Wine Cellar (closet makeover)

Fall has always marked the beginning of "project season" for me. Although, I do consider it a year-round sport! For some reason, I get it in my head that when the kids go back to school, I'll suddenly have a lot of free time - ha! Well, free time or not, I've always started my most memorable projects in the fall.

I thought I'd go back and catalog some of my favorite past transformations before I start to talk about my current ones. Some of these are old enough that I couldn't locate any before pictures, but I think you'll get the idea.

Transforming a small basement closet into a small wine cellar was a LOT of fun. I started by taking out the baseboards and ripping out the carpet. Then got to the business of teaching myself how to tile a floor. I used extra tile that friends had donated from their own homes and I think it gave the floor a really unique look and some sentimental value. I also had the help of a friend to do the electrical work for the chandelier (it's remote controlled!) and my dear husband helped me put together the rack and fasten it to the wall. I did order a fun new door because it was such an unusual size. But, the floor, paint decor and the wall of cork were all me!! I hand-glued each cork to the wall, including a "rail" of champagne corks. Tedious, but therapeutic all at once and I love the outcome!! And in case you were wondering, we DIDN'T drink all the wine that it took to cover that wall!

love this tile floor

now we have to fill it up!

fun chandelier

part of the cork wall

cellar door


  1. Lori I have to show this wine cellar to my husband, he is going to flip. I LOVE your wall of corks!!! Seriously - WOW!!

    1. Thanks Lisa! I love this room and wish I had an excuse to "cork" another wall my house! I always have a hard time photographing small rooms though!

  2. your chandelier looks so beautiful, I love it.

    1. Thank you! It's one of my favorite pieces in the room! - Lori

  3. I love the cork wall. I've seen cork used as a shower floor and really like it. I wonder how easy is it to keep clean on a wall? I'm thinking as use on a kitchen back splash with some handpainted tumbled marble tile.

  4. Hi, this is a great idea. Did you use hot glue? did you spray some sealer after? thanks


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