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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

DIY Greek Key Luggage Rack

Every guest room needs a luggage rack, but chic luggage racks are rare.  I have a lucite one in my guest room, but it is the only luggage rack I have ever seen that I liked.  They usually are dark brown wood with some sort of tapestry-esque bands and remind us of our grandmothers.  Recently, I spotted an old broken luggage rack at an estate sale for next to nothing, so I decided to do a luggage rack makeover.

Here is how it started...

With a scratched finish and broken bands, it wasn't much to look at.

I removed the bands with a screwdriver (they were just stapled to the bottom of the rack) and prepared to paint.  

I chose a robin's egg blue paint color that I already had in my house. I wasn't sure how the paint would adhere to the wood, so I did prime the luggage rack before painting (the only primer I had was tinted pink, but that didn't matter).  It took a couple of coats to get it covered, but it still didn't even make a dent in my quart of paint.

I wanted to do something fun with the fabric bands that go on the top of the rack.  I went to the fabric store and bought 2 yards of black-and-white Greek key trim.


I cut it into 3 pieces that were 24-inches each.



I then stapled each piece to the underside of the top of the luggage rack.

I pulled the trim tight before I stapled the other side.

Easy!

After I finished stapling all 3 pieces, I trimmed off the excess.

And the "after!"





Would you believe it is the same rack?

Before:
After:

This is a project that even an inexperienced DIY-er can totally do!  Give it a try!

10 comments:

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

I love it!

Jennifer Dengel said...

This is such a great idea! In future, I won't be so quick to pass one up at a garage sale!

Sadie + Stella said...

This is so genius. I love it and am so copying.

kristin said...

This is such a great before and after! I LOVE your final product!

Betsy said...

Looks great! Love that blue-

Jerith@BaileyFoxInteriors said...

What a great idea! I just saw a broken down luggage rack at a nearby thrift store and I have some Scalamandre trim I bought on eBay that is begging for a project like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

Nancy said...

This is so cute!!!
Nancy
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Kate @ Daffodils said...

What a great and easy transformation!

Rowantree Design said...

I totally love it! The colour you picked is perfect with the black and beige trim.

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

This is beautiful! You are so right that chic luggage trays are hard to find...yiu have inspired me to try and make my own too!

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