Vision and Inspiration
For my upcycle project, I decided to make a wine rack. My inspiration came form the Industrial aesthetic. I really liked how in the aesthetic, there were aspects of an unfinished look, neutral colors, weathered wood and steel. I then started exploring furniture/decorations within the industrial aesthetic. What stuck out to me was wine racks. There are so many ways to make them and so many types. And with an industrial aesthetic, there were lots of possibilities to incorporate aspects of the aesthetic into the wine rack.
I really did not have a set design process that I followed, but I did know what material I wanted to start out with. A few months ago I wanted to redecorate my room and use an old wood palette as a headboard. I ended up not using it and keeping it in my backyard. The wood was weathered and dark, which I thought fit the aesthetic so I wanted to use that to make my rack. I created many sketches and came down to 2 different models. One was more complex, using multiple pieces of wood and incorporating steel pipes to let the bottles rest on the pipes. The other was using just one piece of wood and drilling holes in the wood so the tops of the bottles can fit. I knew that if I chose the more complex model I would have to get more supplies which I did not want to do so I chose the simple model (also I thought that looked cooler).
After I decided what I was going to do, I just went right into it. I started out with the palette, cut different sizes until I liked the length, measured three holes and drilled them out. After that I was basically done. Then I had to decide whether I wanted to have it rest on the wall or have it mounted on the wall. It seemed to work better mounted on the wall so that’s what I decided to do. I then attached two pieces of wood to better support it into the wall.
During the whole process, I doubted myself about whether if I went on a different route, the project would have turned out better but I stuck with my original plan and I’m happy at the way it turned out. Also another challenge was figuring out whether I wanted to mount it on the wall or rest it up against the wall. I thought both looked cool but I found that it worked out better on the wall.
If there were improvements to be made, I would have liked to make multiple racks of the same size or make the rack longer in order to hold more bottles. I also could have incorporated steel pipes into the project for aesthetic purposes. Finding a better, more minimal way to mount would have been nice rather than having two pieces of wood on the rack.
Video Presentation: https://youtu.be/oNKS4nc5pBs