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Wine Cork Storage

Hello friends! Happy Friday!

Here's a little secret that many of you can probably relate to... As a crafter, I'm also somewhat of a hoarder! Shocking! An organized, OCD, repurposing hoarder. I save things. Lots of things. Because all of it can be made new somehow! Right?!

One of the things I save is wine corks. I don't know why. I just do. My husband and I have a thing for locally made wines, and I always keep the corks. Over the years, they've accumulated in a giant zip lock bag as well as in kitchen drawers. In my little craft-loving mind, I've always thought I would find something to make with them one day. 

Wine cork storage crate | Meet the B's
Well, now the wine corks have taken over, and it's gotten to the point that they need to find a better home than a plastic bag. Since our home decor style is somewhat rustic and vintage and wine corks kinda sorta fit into that style a little bit, I decided to put them on display!

Wine cork storage crate | Meet the B's

Materials:

Mini crate
Paint (I used Decoart's Chalky Finish by Americana Decor in "Primitive" and "Timeless"
Paint brush
Stenciling brush
Printer and paper
Pencil
Permanent marker

I wanted my wine cork storage crate to have a vintage feel to it so I knew I wanted to use some muted neutral colors and a paint technique that would give it a distressed look. I've seen tons of great vintage and rustic projects using chalk paint. I've never used chalk paint before and thought this was the perfect project for it! I was super excited when Decoart said they would send me some of their new line of Chalky Finish paints to try!

Wine cork storage crate | Meet the B's

To start, I gave the crate a thick coat of paint in "Primitive" with a regular paint brush. I loved how smoothly the chalk paint went on. I didn't need to sand first and the coverage was great. Once dry, I knew exactly why people rave about chalk paint! The texture looks amazing!

Wine cork storage crate | Meet the B's

After the paint dried, I decided to use the dry brushing technique with the "Timeless" color. Dry brushing gives a distressed feel to paint without actually doing any distressing. It's also quick and easy! To dry brush, you dip the very end of your brush in just a small amount of paint. Brush off the excess paint on some scrap paper. You want the brush to be "dry." I like to use a stencil brush for this part because it doesn't absorb much paint and I get more control with the stiff bristles. Brush across your project very lightly making long streaks that follow the direction of the wood grain. 

Wine cork storage crate | Meet the B's

While the paint was drying, I explored the world of fonts looking for a vintage font. I decided on the font "Volutes." I printed out the words "wine & dine" and then followed my favorite font transfer technique

Wine cork storage crate | Meet the B's

I shaded in the back of the printed text with a lead pencil. 

Wine cork storage crate | Meet the B's

Then I flipped the text over and taped it to the crate where I wanted the text to be. I traced over the letters with my pencil. This should cause the lead on the back of the paper to transfer to the crate so that there is an outline that can be traced.

Wine cork storage crate | Meet the B's

Last, I traced the penciled outline with a black permanent marker. 

Wine cork storage crate | Meet the B's

This easy project took less than two hours to complete (including drying time) and now I have a decorative way to store my wine cork collection!

Wine cork storage crate | Meet the B's

Wine cork storage crate | Meet the B's

Lookin' pretty good in our dining room too, if I do say so myself ;)

Wine cork storage crate | Meet the B's

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17 comments

  1. LOVE the dry brushing over top - it adds so much dimension to the colour! I bought a jar of this paint the last time I went to Michaels, but haven't tried it yet ... definitely feeling inspired now!

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    1. Thank you Kristi!!! Definitely try it! I loved it and it comes in so many colors!!

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  2. Nicole this turned out so cute! I love the dry brushed look and the colors that you chose. What a great way to store all of your wine corks! Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Tara! Dry brushing has been my fave paint technique lately! Hope you have a fabulous weekend too!

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  3. So pretty! Love the font and quote you chose :) It looks so perfect on that console, next to all your GORGEOUS wedding photos!

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    1. Thank you Erica! I think I'm now in love with that font!!!

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  4. What a fun idea! I have used some of my corks to make a bulletin board for a friend's wine-themed kitchen. #SITSGIRLS Sharefest!

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    1. Thank you! A bulletin board is a great idea too!!

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  5. Love the dry brushed look! It really makes the piece pop. I also really like the quote you have on your table, 'the best is yet to come,' I couldn't agree more. Thanks for sharing this tutorial!
    -shonee
    www.hawthorneandmain.com

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    1. Thank you so much Shonee! The quote is a lyric from our wedding song :)

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  6. Such a cute idea. I'm like you and have a bag and drawer full of our corks. Will have to look into this.

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    1. Now I can toss them right into the crate instead of taking up precious drawer space! :)

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  7. cute Nicole! I have just the box! and a pile of corks :)
    Jenna

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    1. Thank you Jenna! I would love to your version of it!!! Perfect solution to that pile of corks! :)

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  8. What a cute idea! I too have lots of wine corks laying around. This is a great solution to the hoarding haha.

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    1. Thanks friend! One of the best things to hoard lol ;)

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  9. Very cute! I have never used another chalk paint besides Annie Sloan, will have to give this a try! Thanks for linking up to The Bajan Texan's Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board

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