How To Decorate Your Wall with Wine Panels
One of the coolest decorations for a wine room or cellar is to decorate a wall with authentic wine panels. It’s a fairly easy project to DIY, and only a few items are needed:
1 Original wine crates or the panels themselves
Almost every wine crate has a side with the logo/design of the vineyard that made it. Once you remove the side it becomes a wine panel
2. Make sure to inspect the panel
Ideally any stickers, tape, nails or markings should be removed so the panel will look it’s best. Making sure the panel is straight and not bent is something you may want to look for as well. This is a one-time project that you’ll want to last a lifetime so the initial prep work is invaluable.
*Bent panels can be troublesome because you won’t know if they’re truly bent until you remove them from the crate. Do your best to inspect the crate as much as you can prior to removal. If it’s perfectly straight it should be able to balance on a table like this:
3. An orbital sander
Sanding by hand can get tiresome, so an orbital sander makes life alot easier. You can buy a decent one at Lowes or Home Depot for about $80. I prefer Dewalt because they’re very durable and last fairly long.
You’ll need two types of sandpaper disks for the orbital: 60 – 80 grit for removing any scuffs or sticker glue, and 180 – 220 so you can smooth it out. Make sure the sanding disks match your sander. Most conventional sanders are 8 hole like the Dewalt above, but there are larger ones with more holes or different uses.
5. The Sanding Process
The first sanding application is rough and the second is smooth.
Thoroughly sand the panel with 60 – 80 grit until the texture feels nice and firm. Make sure to be careful with the logo during the rough sanding because you can remove/damage some of the branding. This is especially important if the branding is light or the design is embossed with ink or color. Any sanding application in that case may not be possible.
Once the rough sanding is done you can do the smooth sanding with 180 or 220. This application smooths out the wine panels nicely. It also allows for any kind of finish you may want to add to it like a lacquer or stain. It’s similar to why painters sand a wall and add primer to it before the first coat.
6. Can of air or dust-blower
Once the sanding applications are done you’ll want to remove all the dust, especially if you plan on finishing. If you have a workshop you most likely have a compressed air set-up. If not, a can of air will work.
Taking the time to get the tools and materials, find wine crates in great condition and do the prep-work is a perfect idea for the dedicated DIY enthusiast, but If you’d prefer to just have the wine panels done and ready for installation we can do the work for you. We’ll then have all you need delivered right to your door. Once they arrive you can avoid the prep work and start the project. Visit our website to buy the ready-made panels by clicking on this link: Wine Crates and Boxes
Once you have your panels ready it’s time to install them. For optimal results you’ll need:
1. A notched trawl
This is a tool that a mason or tile setter uses to lay tile.
2. Liquid Nails (Please note that Liquid Nails may or may not work on all surfaces. Please contact your contractor for suggestions on adhesives based on your project specifics)
Liquid nails is a super-adhesive similar to grout. It’s ideal for wine panel installation.
If your using Liquid Nails in a tube like above you’ll need a grout gun
Grout guns can be finicky to get the tube started. You can gently cut off the top of the plastic and use a nail to pierce the seal if need be,
The next step before moving forward should really be the first; which is to lay out and measure the wall or surface to make sure you have enough panels and the sizing works. You may have too many or too few, and may have to trim some panels so they’ll fit in the corners of the surface/wall. This is where a shop with a table saw comes in handy.
When your fully ready to start the project and you’ve planned the wall space, take the liquid nails in a can and apply a fairly generous amount to the panel. Spread it evenly on the back.
Place the first panel down:
Repeat the same process with the second panel:
Lay it down:
Same process with the third:
Although this isn’t a full wall the process remains the same just with more wine panels. Each wine panels averages 12″ L X 6″ H so approx. 2 panels covers one square foot. We measured out the above wood piece and made the appropriate cuts were made to insure that the panels fit perfectly. A full wall would require a similar measure on a larger scale.
It took about 20 minutes to make this piece once we had everything in order. The project is fairly easy, but we always recommend working with a professional because it’s a quick and easy project for most contractors.
Hope this helps and feel free to contact me with any questions!