Tuesday, March 25, 2014

How To Make A Wine Rack Above The Fridge

You know that useless cabinet above your fridge that's too far back to access easily? So you either have crap in there or nothing at all? Yeah, we all have one.

I decided to build a wine rack in ours. I know storing wine above the fridge isn't the ideal spot, but our fridge emits little to no heat, and that space is so useless, that I just had to do it. I think most people don't advise storing wine on top of the ACTUAL fridge (because it shakes the wine, and it is warm).

wine storage
Anyways- if you're like me and think this is a good idea, read on... (also, please note: this tutorial is for a cabinet that measures 12" deep, 34" wide and 11" tall.)

First, remove the doors and hardware. Our cabinet had a bar in the middle of the space, which was literally held in by 2 small wooden pegs. Josh easily snapped them off/sawed them off with a handsaw.

Next, we primed and painted the inside because we were painting the rest of the cabinets and this was part of the remodel. 

Next, you need to purchase this wine rack kit (actually, go ahead and order it as soon as you decide you're doing this project, so it arrives ASAP). We exhausted ALL our options to actually build this ourselves, but with a rectangle space like this, it's nearly impossible to make with the tools we have.

Once your kit arrives, measure and saw off any excess. I wanted the middle "braces" to be somewhat hidden behind the cabinet lip, so Josh sawed off about 1-2" from the width of those.

Next, if applicable, prime and paint the wood. I did 1 coat of each and was satisfied with the outcome.

Next, install and stack yo wine!!!

I looooove the way this turned out, and I looooove that our wine isn't just sitting around taking up space on a countertop.

If you try this, please please please let me know how it goes!

Linking up with: The Dedicated House, Hope Studios, A Savory Feast, Lewis Lane Designs


  1. What a great idea! I hate how much wasted space there is above the fridge. It's an excellent place for a wine rack! Thanks for sharing this with Hump Day Happenings. You have been pinned!

    1. Yes!! I haaaate all that wasted space! This one was easy too!

  2. I totally store wine on top of my fridge...haha...this sounds like I much better option!

    Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings!

    1. Megan- I totally used to too, it's the perfect location! But one time when I went wine tasting, the lady almost had a heart attack when I told her that. But let's be honest- wine isn't stored for long around my house! Haha! ;) Thanks for stopping by!!

  3. I love this so much. Thank you so much for sharing on Tuned in Thursdays at Lewis Lane Designs. I never would have thought of using the space above the fridge as a wine rack. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Megan! Glad I could inspire you! That mind-numbing space above the fridge deserves a little facelift! :)

  4. My cabinet is 31.75 x 11 inches. Do you think there is enough room to cut that much off the sides of this rack ?