The Quick & Practically Free Pallet Wine Rack [Super Easy!]

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I have another small confession to make…. I secretly hoard pallets. Our basement has several pretty pallets stashed away for a project. Are you like that, ever? I’ve seen so many pallet wood projects on Pinterest  and I’ve always wanted to make something. However wanting and actually having the courage to do something are two very different things! Finally, I found a solution for one the pallets… a DIY Pallet Wine Rack! I’ll step you through how to make one.. in less than 15 minutes. Yes, really!Here's how to make a quick and easy pallet wine rack that costs next to nothing!

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Supplies Needed  for DIY Pallet Wine Rack

 

The Pallet Before:

Use a basic warehouse style pallet and transform it into a wood wine rack

As you can see, it is more narrow than the usual pallets. I chose this pallet for our first pallet project because I wanted to place it in a certain spot of our kitchen and some of the wider pallets wouldn’t have fit as well as this one.

 

 

Building the Wine Rack

Measure the open space at the end of the pallet. Cut a piece of 2″x4″ to fit in the bottom. We cut two pieces so that we could use each end of the pallet. 2 wine racks on the way for this mama. 🙂

Fit the cut wood into the pallet. Nail into place. Jordan was nice enough to do this for me. *Although I really like using the nail gun.* In less than 3 minutes you have 2 wine racks ready to be cut apart!

The first step in building this pallet wine rack is to take apart the large warehouse pallet.

Next, you’ll want to decide how tall the wine racks will be. Look at the ‘before ‘above. if I cut the pallet in half, the wine racks would be taller than the bottles. Could that be pretty cool? Definitely. But I wanted these to be close together in placement, so I chose to cut the pallet under the third board.

Measure and cut  the pallet. You’ll see that we cut on an angle purely for aesthetics. If you prefer a more rustic look, cut straight across.

Measure and cut the pallet to the size you want for your DIY pallet wine rack

And voilà! You have a wine rack in less than 5 minutes. To soften the pallet wood, lightly sand the wine rack. This eliminates any burrs and rough corners.

In just a few simple steps, you can cut up a large warehouse style pallet into a DIY pallet wine rack!

 

Finish the Pallet Wine Rack

Lightly rub in your favorite stain. We have acquired a large stain selection in our basement, so I chose something we already had on-hand.  For this project, I chose to do a light-colored first coat and a darker second coat.  Pallets are extremely porous and suck up the stain. You’ll need to be quick when you rub it into the pallet. There won’t be a need to rub it off after several minutes, like a traditional wood stain. Use a foam brush to quickly get in any nooks or crannies.

Stain the pallet wine rack with the wood stain of your choice.

Finish your work with a poly coat. I prefer the satin finish for a less shiny look. If you are purchasing Polyurethane, be sure to check out the finish options. Semi Gloss is extremely shiny and Satin is not. The extra Poly step may be optional, but I thought it gave it a nicer finished appearance.

 

Hang the Pallet Wine Rack

And now it’s time to show off your hard work! (And no one will know you made it so easily!) We used two spider screws to install the wine racks. Jordan chose the spider screws because they would be flush (no worry about knocking a bottle) and were the perfect length he needed. When installing, find your wall studs and drill in the screws. If you cannot find the wall studs for both ends, drill in the screws into the studs and hang the other end with an appropriate wall anchor.

This easy pallet wine rack is a quick DIY project that takes less than 30 minutes to complete!

 

Pallet project for real people! This wine rack can be made super quickly and ready for hanging before dinner. Click to see the step by step tutorial and finally use up all of the pallets hanging out in your basement!

How to Make a Quick Pallet Wine Rack

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Estimated Cost: $10

Make this quick and easy (and practically FREE) pallet wine rack in less than 30 minutes!

Materials

Instructions

Building the Wine Rack

Measure the open space at the end of the pallet. Cut a piece of 2"x4" to fit in the bottom. We cut two pieces so that we could use each end of the pallet. 2 wine racks on the way for this mama. 🙂
Fit the cut wood into the pallet. Nail into place. Jordan was nice enough to do this for me. *Although I really like using the nail gun.* In less than 3 minutes you have 2 wine racks ready to be cut apart!

Next, you'll want to decide how tall the wine racks will be. Look at the 'before 'above. if I cut the pallet in half, the wine racks would be taller than the bottles. Could that be pretty cool? Definitely. But I wanted these to be close together in placement, so I chose to cut the pallet under the third board.

Measure and cut the pallet. You'll see that we cut on an angle purely for aesthetics. If you prefer a more rustic look, cut straight across.

And voilà! You have a wine rack in less than 5 minutes. To soften the pallet wood, lightly sand the wine rack. This eliminates any burrs and rough corners.

Finish the Pallet Wine Rack

Lightly rub in your favorite stain. We have acquired a large stain selection in our basement, so I chose something we already had on-hand. For this project, I chose to do a light-colored first coat and a darker second coat. Pallets are extremely porous and suck up the stain. You'll need to be quick when you rub it into the pallet. There won't be a need to rub it off after several minutes, like a traditional wood stain. Use a foam brush to quickly get in any nooks or crannies.

Finish your work with a poly coat. I prefer the satin finish for a less shiny look. If you are purchasing Polyurethane, be sure to check out the finish options. Semi Gloss is extremely shiny and Satin is not. The extra Poly step may be optional, but I thought it gave it a nicer finished appearance.

Hang the Pallet Wine Rack

And now it's time to show off your hard work! (And no one will know you made it so easily!) We used two spider screws to install the wine racks. Jordan chose the spider screws because they would be flush (no worry about knocking a bottle) and were the perfect length he needed. When installing, find your wall studs and drill in the screws. If you cannot find the wall studs for both ends, drill in the screws into the studs and hang the other end with an appropriate wall anchor.

What do you think? Aside from the short drying time, we have less than 15 minutes in these beauties! I recommend making them one night after the kids go to bed and then hang them the next evening!

Pallet project for real people! This wine rack can be made super quickly and ready for hanging before dinner. Click to see the step by step tutorial and finally use up all of the pallets hanging out in your basement!

 

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