How to Turn Your Cabinet Furniture Into a Wine Cooler

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How to Turn Your Cabinet Furniture Into a Wine Cooler
Some tools will help you build your own wine cooler. (hammer #3 image by Adam Borkowski from

A wine cooler can be a charming addition to your home, especially if you do a large amount of entertaining. You can build your own wine cooler at home using cabinet furniture such as an armoire or kitchen hutch. Installing wine racks and moving the furniture piece to a cool space in your home will give you the perfect spot to store your wine, and will make an attractive conversation piece to boot.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wrench
  • Hammer
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Wine racks

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  1. 1

    Remove any shelves inside the cabinet furniture using a hammer and wrench so that you have a wide open space behind the cabinet doors to work with.

  2. 2

    Smooth down the inside of the cabinet using sandpaper, removing any rough patches or splinters left behind from tearing out the shelving.

  3. 3

    Paint the inside of the cabinet a colour of your choosing, as the inside of the cabinet will show through after you install the wine racks. Let the paint dry.

  4. 4

    Install basic wine racks inside the cabinet. You can find these at most home goods stores or building supply stores. Some wine racks can be installed without hardware; others will require basic tools such as screws and a screwdriver.

  5. 5

    Move the furniture piece to the coolest spot of your house, such as a basement or outdoor room. The perfect temperature for red wines is 50 to 55 degree Fahrenheit.

Tips and warnings

  • Knock out the front panels of the cabinet doors and install glass so you can see the wine bottles when the doors are closed.

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