The Loaded Grape is a wine and beer store in Greensboro, NC. They gave me the go-ahead to redo an 8′ x 40″ section of their store. I had the whole 8′ x 42″ wall to play with, and had carte blanche to work my artistic wonders.
So I took a bare wall with a few single wine shelves and transformed it into an industrial wood and pipe piece of art.
Not only do they get a better way to display their wines and Wine Club selections, they get a new focal point for the store.
The wood used for the backdrop was taken from a 20+ year old fence and repurposed into something useful again. Some of the wood was bowed more than 2 inches from end to center, but I cut those boards in half and straightened them with a table saw instead of throwing them out.
Check out the captions in the gallery below for more descriptions.
This is the before photo. The wall is functional but doesn’t really catch the eye.
So I stripped everything off the wall and laid down some vertical slats to attach the reclaimed wood to.
All the reclaimed wood is now down, along with the sign.
Each board was sanded and “painted” with 5 different colors of stain to give them a rich texture. Then I applied a satin clear-coat to protection without too much sheen.
The finished product. A wine wall that gathers attention from everyone who enters the store.
The shop owner found the spotlight in storage, so I added it to highlight the Wine Club selections.
A close-up of the Wine Club section. Yes, those are repurposed alphabet blocks, painted metallic silver and blue. The main sign letters are metallic copper.
In case you hadn’t noticed, the main sign is raised with LED lights behind it. Gives a soft focus to the sign.
I wanted everything space in such a way that there was no symmetry. There’s room to add other small items in the future.
Made a sexy business card holder out of scrap wood and a repurposed tin L bracket that held an old wooden box corner together. Also, there’s a custom gauge!
Daylight makes the wall light up from the far angle, but not at night.
The Samantha wine rack is a versatile design to showcase your wine collection.