I know. What on earth could a hanging wine rack and 9 year old boys have in common?
Have you been around 9 year old boys?
If you’ve spent even a few seconds around one you will know that these two seemingly unrelated things could in all actuality be very much related.
You see, a few months ago I shared with you how I turned an awkward closet under our stairs into a Butler’s Pantry. Actually, it was more like a “wannabe” Butler’s Pantry because I just like how that sounds!
In the process of transforming that space I decided that we should do something fun with the little space that tucks back under the stairs. I set off with a spring in my step in search of an old cabinet door and upon entering the local ReStore was thrilled to see row after row of possibilities. There was something I hadn’t prepared for though.
I feel the need to warn you that digging through bathroom cabinet doors isn’t for the faint of heart. I might have learned a little too much about the people who owned those doors in their previous life. I also might have thrown up a little in my mouth. Just sayin’.
Once I had recovered and found a door that I could pick up without feeling like I needed to be wearing surgical gloves, I headed over to Lowes and purchased 3 wine glass holders/brackets.
Then I attached them.
This is complicated folks so try and keep up!
Next, I attached hooks to each corner of the cabinet.
And now we are entering the highly technical portion of this tutorial. The “trial and error” step.
My sweet, tolerant husband did a lot of holding this cabinet door at different heights and angles until I figured out exactly where I should place the hooks in the ceiling. I’m fairly certain he was also wondering why on earth he was holding a cabinet door with wine racks attached to it while inside a closet that goes under our stairs.
He should just have been thankful he wasn’t the one who had to go pick out that cabinet door. I spared him a lot of dry heaving.
Once the position was determined we attached the hooks to the ceiling and then used chain link to hang the wine rack. You can see how we had to mimic the curving of the stairs by having one chain longer than the other.
Are you still wondering what hanging wine racks and 9 year old boys have to do with each other?
Well, you see, that wine rack is obviously hanging underneath our stairs. And we happen to have a 9 year old boy in this house who is completely incapable of merely walking up those stairs.
For a 9 year old boy, stairs are an opportunity to run, stomp, slide, etc.
One day, after the aforementioned 9 year old boy had ascended the stairs in a manner which sounded remarkably like what I imagine elephants climbing stairs would sound like, we all heard this loud CRASH!
Those 3 glasses you see there are all that are left after this incident.
And I was very thankful that I had decided to hang up my “cheap” wine glasses instead of the ones we got at our wedding!
A 9 year old boy might not be the most gentle of creatures…but life with one will always be an adventure!!
Thanks so much for joining me at the Fence today,