DIY - Cork Wall and Wine Box 1

A cork wall and wine box wall are some creative home projects for local do-it-yourselfers who can incorporate their love of vino with their fondness for home improvements.

Cory Lamp, who lives in Chesterfield, is the owner of Lamp Wine Cellars in West St. Louis County. His 10-year-old firm offers custom wine cellars and wine cabinetry.

“I got the ideas for these do-it-yourself projects from a client of mine, who has created both,” Lamp said.

“He’d had a lot of old wine boxes over the years and wanted to keep them in his wine cellar because he liked the artwork on them. So he created a wall of these boxes. He had also – like many people – collected buckets of wine corks and decided to use them on a bathroom wall there.”

Here are instructions for both of the projects from Lamp.

Cork Wall

1.  Gets lots of corks!  That means either drink lots yourself or ask friends or local wine shops to save them for you.

2.  Sort the corks by height so that you can arrange in rows.

3.  There are two main ways to adhere them to the wall. The first is via a hot glue gun, but I find that rather slow and messy. The second and preferred way is to attach with a Brad Nail Gun and at a minimum 1- and 1/4-inch brad nails. Of course, you’ll need an air compressor for this, and all of these tools can be rented from a local big box store if you don’t own them.

4. The time-consuming part of this project is accumulating and sorting the corks. Once this part is finished, the attaching to the wall really depends on the size of the project, but I can see installing 100 corks in an hour easily. Most likely the corks won’t cost anything (unless you drink bottles of wine first!). Tool rental is less than $50 a day.

Wine Box Wall

1.  Acquiring the wine boxes is easier than you’d think. Most wine stores purchase wines shipped in these boxes and have empty ones available, usually for free. Also, many private wine clubs ship their wines in boxes if bought in enough quantity. I have lots of clients who seem to have extra boxes lying around and want to get rid of the clutter!

2.  If you start with a full box, you’ll find that often the good artwork is sometimes on the lid and sides but never on the bottom. So I break the box apart by literally knocking the bottom out with a hammer. The sides then easily come apart—but watch out for sharp nails. You’ll probably need to remove these nails with nippers or a pair of pliers.

3. Box ends are rarely uniform in size, so arrange them in a pattern on your wall that will require the least amount of cutting.

4. You will most likely need to make some cuts to get everything to fit, so a chop saw, jigsaw or handsaw and even a table saw will come in handy.

5. Put a couple dabs of Liquid Nails on the back side before attaching to the wall. I like to put a small brad nail in each corner just to allow the liquid nails to set up.

6. Works well in a backsplash-type area or, if ambiguous, on a larger wall to create more of a mural.

7.  Time to do this depends on the size of the project, but could certainly be done in a weekend. Wine boxes really shouldn’t have to cost anything. If you don’t have the tools yourself, they can be rented. Liquid nails cost around $2 per tube, and you will most likely not need more than a few tubes.