My husband and I enjoy wine, a trait we each inherited from our families. There is nothing like a bold glass of red to accompany Sunday dinner, or a crisp, fresh white on a hot summer day. Locally, our favorites are Cayuga White from Paradise Hills and Big Lab Cab from Sunset Meadow.
When we built our house we added a custom bar area in our open kitchen to living room design. We left space between cabinets for a wine refrigerator and put a wine rack above the bottom drawers, centered between glass door cabinets for storing decanters and glassware. We wanted to make sure there would never be a shortness of wine at home!
With nine foot ceilings, there was certainly space above the crown molding atop the cabinets that we needed to fill. First, we filled in the empty hollow space with some painted plywood to make a level working area. Then I headed to my local A.C. Moore for supplies to make a wine-inspired garland.
What You’ll Need
- Ivy / Green Leaf Garland
- I used four 7-foot pieces for our area that is just shy of 6 feet wide
- Faux Grapes, small & medium
- I used 4 medium bunches and 8 small bunches in a blend of white and deep red grapes
- Green Flower Wire
What To Do
- To make your garland look fuller, take 2 pieces of garland and twist them together as if you are braiding with 2 strands. Utilize the loop holes on either end to link the two pieces together.
- Spread tiny ‘branches’ and leaves apart from each other and ensure they are not tangled.
- Using the flower wire, thread a 4-inch piece through the loop hole atop one of the grape bunches and then wrap around the vine, twisting off and tucking in ends. Try to opt for areas that aren’t very full of leaves.
- Alternate small and medium bunches, and grape colors if you choose.
- Place garland atop cabinets.
- You may want to use thumbtacks to secure the ends and some points along the way or give it a certain way of falling. The larger bunches of grapes can be heavy if you want them to dangle over the edge of the cabinet, so utilize tacks there as well.
The garland creates a sophisticated look and is a simple and fast do it yourself (DIY) project! Add this above your bar area, over your mantle, or atop kitchen cabinets if there is space. For upgrades, add a few corks from your favorite Connecticut wineries to the garland or place wine bottles in between the garland atop the cabinets too.