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.
After I finished stapling all 3 pieces, I trimmed off the excess.
And the "after!"
Would you believe it is the same rack?
This is a project that even an inexperienced DIY-er can totally do! Give it a try!