Wine Racks That Rock!

After finishing a plumbing project I had a few pieces of PVC pipe leftover. While I was cleaning the garage and staring at this loose stack of pipes I reached a crossroads. Do I toss them up into the rafters for a later project or cut them up to recycle? As i stood there scratching my head my girlfriend walked in with a bottle of wine and two glasses. “I thought you could use a break.” she said as she set the bottle down inside a short piece of piping that lay on the table.

Upon, seeing this I immediately had an epiphany. I pulled out my phone and began searching online for pictures of “PVC winerack”. I discovered one I liked that had four short lengths of pipe screwed together sitting on a tabletop. I showed the picture to my lovely counterpart and she was sold. Then came the ever-important question of how to take this idea to the proverbial “next level”.

At the time, I was in the process of turning dead space in the basement into a bar and area for socializing. I was looking to create a modern space with room for wine bottles and plenty of drinking glasses. I really wanted to stray from the conventional idea of wine bottles all sitting organized in pretty little rows. I wanted something with a bit more whimsy.

Thus, I came up with this. As the project evolved I began to envision the bubbles in a glass of champagne. I scrounged a couple smaller pipes and… Eureka! Modern, whimsical and definitely next level! I liked it so much I built one above the fridge at the cabin and surrounded it with reclaimed wood. Give this one some thought and see if you can picture any ways to bring this idea to yet another level.This link has some great ideas on repurposing. Maybe there are some ideas to take those to ninja status as well.¬†Repurposewine-racks-pvc



Welcome to my very first blog.

Growing up I was always told I was a talented artist. As a youngster I always thought that meant I was a painter or a good drawer. As a child artist I never really felt like I fit in. I was never really encouraged to pursue art as a career, however. Reason being, as we all know, it is very difficult to make a living as an artist. ¬†Over the years I pursued careers in numerous different fields but never really felt like I fit in well. I always stayed connected with my artistic side to some degree but kept it at arm’s length because I felt this innate sense of duty to be what everyone; or so I thought, everyone wanted me to be.

Over the years, living on limited funds, I found myself re-using items over and over re-configuring them in different ways to suit my needs. After a while and after vast numbers of DIY projects I became known for the ability to see things for what they could be rather than just what they are.As a Sales Development Manager for a large company this skill helped me tremendously in leading several sales teams to number one. I won numerous awards for cultivating salespeople to their full potential but something was always missing. I really just wanted to be creating. And, helping others create.

More and more, friends began seeking my advice on their own projects. Often, I would get sucked in and end up helping with the building of their projects. This is really the only thing that truly made me feel complete. After far too long, had I finally found my calling?I sure hope so because I absolutely LOVE creating. I love it so much that my entire outlook has changed to where I see the world in a completely different way. I see EVERYTHING for what it could be rather than what it is. I see everything as art.

I started this blog to be an open format to exchange ideas and advice on everything involved in the “art” of upcycling. So, Please keep checking back to find ideas from projects I’ve done, seek advice on a project you want to do or we could come up with a project for an item you have laying around but don’t know what to do with. Also, don’t hesitate to offer suggestions or ideas of your own. If you have a project you’re proud of please share it here. It may inspire others to do something similar or, with any luck at all, take it to the next level.