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Wine Table, As Promised (at last!)

There she is at last! To be completely honest, we finished the wine table in early July. But it is summer which means birthday parties, vacations, holidays and all the rest of it. Every time I would think of something I wanted to blog about, I would stop myself and remember that I promised the table would be next. Even still, I am cheating you a little because I’m only showing you our finished results. The full photo tutorial will follow (the kids do go back to school next week after all), but for now, feel free to bask in the beauty of a fully functional home wine-tasting table.  With honeybees, natch!
On one end there are French lemonades for the kids and on the other, French wines for us. I put potted plants down the center when it isn’t full of ice and bottles. The color of the wood will patina over the next few months and I might even give it an interesting stain in the spring.

We toasted with Malbec and Pinot Noir of course, but we’ve also recently discovered Vouvray. It tastes like a non-cloying Reisling.

The honeybees were a happy accident. The gutter we bought to use as the center didn’t work at all and we thought the project was a bust. Then I remembered the planter my mother had just bought me and it happened to fit perfectly. I called her to find out where she bought it and raced out to see if they had more. By chance, they had the exact number and sizes needed to fill the center of the table. Clearly fate means for me to drink my wine al fresco.

I love this wine stopper. I make all different types which I sell in my shop here, but all these pictured are from my personal collection. I discovered this old hot water faucet handle in the attic of my mothers Victorian house, so it was far too sentimental to sell.

I hope you forgive me for taking so long with this post. I will do my best to get the how-to up soon. My husband and I made the entire thing from scratch so there’s lots of room for personalization to your own tastes. Until then, cheers!

So Many DIY’s, So Little Time

I must have this. Must must must must. Must. I don’t make it a habit to host wine tastings (though we do taste plenty of wine at Casa Parker), but that is not going to stop me from pestering my husband to build this with me STAT. I’m picturing wine bottles and beer at summer picnics, juice boxes at the kid’s birthday parties and potted flowers the rest of the time (a centerpiece set lower than the table doesn’t block anyone’s view!)

If this photo is filling you with the must-haves as much as it is me, just click the photo to visit the tutorial. If you beat me to it (and since we have plans this weekend, you likely will), send me some pictures of how yours turned out! I will post pictures of ours when it’s done and if you’d like to show off yours just let me know and I’ll post it too. Of course, ours will look a little different than the photo above because instead of plain old corks, our bottles will be decked out in these:

Click the photos to see the current Milk & Honey line of wine stoppers. Santé

Hallway or Mudroom Storage- Photo Tutorial

A few weeks ago I decided that something must be done about the train wreck we call a front hall. Feel free to refresh your memory here, but brace yourself for some altogether UN-luxurious pictures! Well, during my Spring Break I tackled the hall and created the storage unit for the kid’s debris. It didn’t end up fitting in the closet as I’d planned, but that’s only because I was too impatient to wait around until the perfect bookcase came along, so I bit the bullet and trudged off to Target.

I usually try to avoid Target for a few reasons. Mostly because I prefer shopping locally owned businesses and would rather spend more at my favorite antiques store to get solid wood instead of mass-produced particle-board. But also because I could go in for laundry detergent and new socks only to leave with $200 worth of god knows what. Case in point, among my ill-advised Target “must-haves” have been: approximately 7212 matchbox cars (blatant bribery to keep my oldest happy while I shop), orchids which I kill within a week, a pink tool set (returned when I realized that the projects I undertake require real actually yellow tools, not plastic Barbie ones), a lamp with a white fake fur lampshade (that one was over a decade ago but I still cringe when I think of that lamp), and any make-up product that they put on the end-caps (especially mascara. I am a mascara junkie). So it was with great restraint that I went into Target, purchased only what I needed and got out immediately (I even managed to by-pass the Starbucks they installed near the checkout). Then I came straight home and got to work. Here’s the how-to:

Materials: Bookcase of whatever size works for you, bead-board (I brought the backing of the bookcase with me so that they could cut it to size in store), 3 coat hooks (I chose brushed nickel), two  shallow baskets, black spray paint (or whatever color your want your bead-board to be), hammer (or nail gun if you already have one), power drill with a wood-bit.

Step 1- Take the cut bead board outside and spray paint it in two thin coats.

Step 2- Assemble the bookcase per the enclosed instructions. Try not to gag on the particle board vapors. Do not install the shelves, but keep them somewhere in case you want to use it as an actual bookcase once the kids are no longer in grade school. Also, do not install the back piece yet.

Step 3- Put the bead board into place as if it were the cheapo particle board. Then put the particle board backing over it because it has a nicer back and gives it a more finished look.

bead board in place, covered with the particle board backing

Step 4- Nail the backings in place. I used my upholstery nail gun for this, but you can use a hammer if you don’t have a nail gun. my nail gun lets me line up the nails with the pre-existing nail holesStep 5- Install the coat hooks. I placed these as high as possible so that their coats and book bags wont hang in the way of the shoe baskets.

the bead board is hard so you’ll want to start your holes with the wood bit on your drill before screwing in the screws

Step 6- Look at the back of the bookcase and realize that all the screws have shot out the other side, nearly drilling into the wood of your door frame. Release expletive of choice. Step 7- Remember that there are very few problems in life that can’t be solved with wine. Locate 3 wine corks and cover the sharp ends of the screws.

problem solved

Step 8- Put the baskets in the bottom and inform your children that their school bag, coats and shoes have a new home. You can also add that if their coats, bags and shoes don’t remain in their new home, you will make yet ANOTHER new home, this time for barbies and matchbox cars. And that new home is on top of the refrigerator for a week.

All finished!

No more front hall disaster!

I took these pictures in bright light so they’re a little hard to see, but if you like the basket of vintage print sachets, you can find them here, here, here, and here. They smell amazing- like cinnamon and vanilla.

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