Repurposed antique bakers rack

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I’m pretty excited to be teaming up with some new friends… Not just any friends though, new Farmhouse friends. We will be getting together every now and again to share some special farmhouse projects with you. I know you will enjoy our different interpretations on farmhouse style… make sure to check out the complete list of friends here at the end of this blog post.

You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook… check out the hashtag #FarmhouseFriends and enjoy all of the FH eye candy!

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Not only am I excited to be joining in with my new friends, I’m pretty over the moon to be featuring my repurposed antique baker’s rack!

I bought this antique baker’s rack a few months back… I bought it for our pantry, envisioned it beautifully organized with pantry type stuff on there, some fancy linens with beautiful ironstone dishes, some major farmhouse deliciousness… logical right? Well as things would have it around here, logic went right out the window!

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To put it mildly it was a challenge to keep it tidy… what ended up happening was someone (not naming names) would just toss random pots & pans and just pan tops there! Somehow even plastic containers ended up on the baker’s rack! I mean seriously… it’s an ANTIQUE baker’s rack for goodness sakes. I even found a bag of forgotten apples there one time, NOT pretty! Do I sound bitter? I was a little at first maybe, but sometimes most times things just work the way they were supposed to, yay for happy accidents!

I realized that keeping the rack in the pantry was a loosing battle and it bummed me out, until I decided to put it in our master bedroom! Off my rocker? Maybe! I’ll let you decide.

Our master bedroom has been an ongoing project… it’s been in the works for over a year now, you can check out the plan post here… we are almost done, after this project I have one large project left to do, then we will be doing the big reveal, I can’t wait!!!!

Moving the baker’s rack upstairs to the bedroom lit a fire under my butt to finally refinish it, I’m really happy with how it turned out and I’m thrilled to be sharing this repurpose with you and my new Farmhouse friends.

Steps to refinish an antique bakers rack.

1. Make sure the baker’s rack is clean, we used our pressure washer and that took all of the dirt off… but a scrub brush and a hose should do the trick too if you don’t have a pressure washer.

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2. Assess the entire rack, this baker’s rack had a few spindles that were broken and the top section was a mess, there were no castors with this rack either, so I decided to make the whole thing shorter by one level and use the good spindles as replacements for the broken ones.

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3. It’s always a little hard for me to cut into an antique piece, but… with all of the damage, I knew I had to make this farmhouse baker’s rack sturdy. Once I decided to cut the top level off, I went to the next level and measured from there. I used the second level end brace and measured up an inch in each corner. Make sure your jig saw has sharp blades then cut where you marked.

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3. Once all of the cutting is done, use a foam sanding pad and go over every inch… washing it with the power washer will raise all of the wood grain, sanding will make it smooth again. It’s not as bad as it sounds… a fast sand with a foam sanding pad will do the trick. Add your castors… I was so in love with these castors that I didn’t even mind that the metal plate hung over a bit… you can’t see that now and really it’s not a full on bakers rack that needs heavy duty wheels… if I do someday decide that this needs to be in a pantry, I will change out the wheels. Once the wheels were installed, I used an antiquing oil. I used Minwax antique oil, tung oil would work great too!

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That’s about it, pretty simple actually… I let it dry for 48 hours, I wanted to make sure no oil residue would come off on any of the goodies I was about to put on this rack. Now on to the fun part, the reveal.

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She looks like she was made for a bedroom! A place for extra pillows (okay really just an excuse to buy more pillows), whoop! Maybe the way Mr. Mans feels about pillows will change now that there is somewhere so awesome to put them!? πŸ˜‰

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Thanks so much for joining us on our #FarmhouseFriends launch… you’ll be seeing so many more good projects to come, make sure you stay tuned! πŸ™‚

Check out each blogger’s project below!

Angie @ Knick of Time

Susan @ Love of Home

Julie @ Love My Simple Home

Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.

Paula @ Sweet Pea

Tammy @ One More Time Events

Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage

Kim@ Hunt and Host

Tricia @ Suburban Bitches

Amy @ My Life From Home

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  • Reply Tammy May 15, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Love the repurpose it looks great in the master bedroom.

    • Reply Laurie May 18, 2016 at 7:35 am

      Thanks Tammy! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Paula@SweetPea May 15, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I love this piece! You are going to have so much fun changing how you decorate it. The great thing about it is you can use it in almost any room in your home. Now I want an antique baker’s rack!

    • Reply Laurie May 18, 2016 at 7:37 am

      LOL I hear you Paula, I’ve wanted one since forever, I’m just so happy that it’s now a focal point with pretty things on it and yes the potential for changing it up, endless. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Angie @ Knick of Time May 15, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    One of these days I hope to find an old bakers rack, because I absolutely love what you did with yours Laurie! It’s a bummer it didn’t work for your pantry, but it’s beautiful in your bedroom too – pinning it!

    • Reply Laurie May 18, 2016 at 7:39 am

      Thanks Angie! πŸ™‚ I was bummed at first too, then I realized… this can hold so many throw pillows. πŸ˜‰ I have a small addiction. I love that it’s become such a focal point in our room now. You really should keep looking for one, the potential is endless and with your magic touch it will be amazing!

  • Reply julie nichols May 16, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I love your bakers rack it looks beautiful in the bedroom!
    Julie @ Love My Simple Home

    • Reply Laurie May 18, 2016 at 7:39 am

      Thanks Julie! xo

  • Reply Joann @ Woman In Real Life May 16, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I love your baker’s rack Laurie! And you finished it and styled it so beautifully!

    • Reply Laurie May 18, 2016 at 7:41 am

      Thanks so much Joann! And thanks for the inspiration when I was styling it! You lit the pilot light for me, got the inspiration started! xo

  • Reply Joann @ Woman In Real Life May 16, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    The baker’s rack is gorgeous Laurie! And you finished it and styled it so beautifully!

  • Reply Tricia May 16, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    What a gorgeous piece! I absolutely love how your breathed new life and new purpose into this old rack!

    • Reply Laurie May 18, 2016 at 7:43 am

      Thanks so much Tricia! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amy @ My Life From Home May 16, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    This is gorgeous! Oh I so want this in my house. I love how you put it on wheels also. Great transformation.

  • Reply Susan May 16, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    This is beautiful, what a pretty addition!

  • Reply Karen Christensen May 16, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Looks great Laurie!

  • Reply Anne May 16, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Nice job Laurie!

  • Reply Kim Jones May 16, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Hey, Laurie
    I really like what you did with your antique rack and think it looks perfect in the bedroom!! Good job!

  • Reply Meg May 17, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Great restoration of a beautiful piece! I agree it looks amazing it the bedroom where it can really shine!

  • Reply Barb Dickson May 17, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Perfect! You’ve outdone yourself again!

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