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Now you need to make your room pretty! Or not.
You can skip this step, if you wish, and just have a utilitarian room. We have several acquaintances who have done just that. The room serves its purpose -- who cares what it looks like!
But if you want to make it look good, you need to do something with the walls. If they are drywall, you can paint or paper them (be sure to put "sizing" on first if you paper), or add paneling. If they are wood, you can add paneling or a second layer of finishing wood. If you've got the bucks, this is the point where you invite a fine wood craftsman in to do wonderful things to your walls and (optionally) build racks which will make everyone ooh and ahh. We, of course, recommend that you can have a craftsman build a cabinet for you into which you install VintageView wine racks, getting the best of both worlds. (See photo, right.)
If you are having someone else paint the wall for you, remember that you will (presumably) not be installing a baseboard (discussed below), so you need to remind your painter to paint all the way to the bottom and not leave a gap, which they usually do.
We chose to add brick-look paneling on top of our OSB for our own wine room.
(Repeating what we said earlier ...) Want to protect against mold and mildew even more? This is particularly useful if you are rebuilding a wine room due to a problem. One of our customers recommended the following product, which they bought at Home Depot: Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 Primer/Sealer - "it touts its resistance to mold/mildew in high humidity ... and has good reviews on the web." You may wish to use it on the walls, ceiling, and/or floor
At this point you'll also want to finish the floor (assuming you only have a subfloor exposed, or maybe even if you have a finished floor). Options include ceramic and other tiles, marble, natural wood flooring, cork, wood- or stone-look tiles, but not carpet, which will likely acquire mold. The choice is yours.
This is also the point at which you consider whether or not to install a baseboard. There is really no reason to install a baseboard in a wine room. You can start your wine racks right at the floor level for maximum room capacity. If you do that all around, you may not even need the seemingly obligatory quarter-round to cover the seam between wall and floor.
If you are installing a cooler, you usually would install a small shelf to help hold the weight of the cooler. Consult your cooler's instructions for dimensions. Do not plan to put wine on the same shelf, as it may vibrate. You should also bore a hole in the bottom of the shelf to access the drip line, which typically gets fed through the wall to outside. Small well sealed rooms may not need a drip line; or if you find very little overflow from the bottom of the cooler pan (coming down the drip line), you may be able to feed it into a bottle or pail.
NEW 2015: IF you want to box in the cooler on all sides, then do it carefully. Small gaps between the cooler and side walls (i.e., a wood frame) can lead to sweating on the surface of the cooler - not good. If it's completely open, that's fine. If close, then put something like neoprene in there to fill up any gap. [Per Breezaire, February 2015]
Outside the Wine Room: Don't forget the outside of the room. If you have built up a room in a basement, for example, you may wish to cover the walls appropriately, not just leave them covered with a vapor barrier or rough wall. Give some thought to what people see as they approach your room.
And now, let's continue with Step 12: Complete electrical work.
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