Wine Storage Nook in Kitchen with Exposed Brick

space-and-company-philadelphia-kitchen-1BY RACHEL STREET (
When I was designing my kitchen, I originally wanted a built-in wine cooler with a bar area, however there just wasn’t the space. With a narrow kitchen and only one wall to put cabinets, there wasn’t a great place to put a wine rack, either, without giving up valuable storage for food and dishes. There was, however, a small wall next to the refrigerator, which I decided would be just the place to store a few bottles.
I designed the kitchen to be light and bright despite its size, adding white cabinetry on top and greenish gray cabinetry on the bottom, and white Calacatta marble counters with a full height marble back splash. The end result was clean and bright, however I also wanted to bring in some of the older home’s rustic charm to mix with the more modern elements, so I exposed the brick wall to the left of the kitchen and framed out that small piece next to the refrigerator. This little piece was deep enough to house shelves for wine and you would also be able to see the brick behind the bottles.
I had originally intended to make the shelves out of wood, but then decided that glass would be a better option because it would make the brick stand out more. After the drywall was hung and kitchen finished, this is what that space looked like:
I called Fredi Morales from Morales Glass and Aluminum to install the glass shelves. He made little aluminum brackets and then cut the glass to size.
And here is the finished project- I just need to get a few more bottles of wine 🙂
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