Greetings and Happy Thursday! You know how much I love a good deal. So, when I find a great deal and it’s something I’ve been looking for, so much the better! Come check out a quick and easy luggage rack makeover!
While out shopping with my husband a few months ago we spotted these two mismatched luggage racks. I think we paid around $10 a piece. The paint and stain was faded and the strapping was rotted on both. Otherwise, they were nice and sturdy.
They are almost the same size but I figured once I painted them alike and added matching strapping, they would look similar enough to use in the same room. My plan is to use them in our Bunkhouse at the lake where space is in short supply. Do you like the gold accents? Usually I adore gold but not so much in this case.
So, fast forward a few months later, I decided it was time to give them a makeover. First I removed the old strapping from both luggage racks and removed the tacks and staples. The strapping was so old it ripped off easily using needle nose pliers and a flat head screwdriver.
I wiped both luggage racks down with a damp rag and turned them upside down and painted the underside first. (Outside of course.) Once dry, I flipped them over and gave them another coat of flat black spray paint. In hind sight I would probably use a satin finish but the flat looks like chalk paint so it works.
I bought some inexpensive webbing commonly used for upholstery projects. It’s $1.20 per yard at Hobby Lobby. I love using upholstery webbing. It’s made of thick burlap, extremely sturdy, and most often comes in tan & black or tan & red. I chose black and tan for my project.
I flipped each painted luggage rack upside down in order to attach the new webbing, but the legs kept sliding apart. So, using one of the old straps that I’d saved for measuring the new straps, I tied a piece of string around the legs to hold them in place while I attached the new webbing.
I lined up the webbing where the old straps had been and then tucked under about half and inch and stapled the webbing on the underside of the rack. Make sure not to skimp on the length of strapping. You can always cut off extra but if you cut it too short, you won’t have enough strapping to fold under the raw edges. This gives it a more finished look and will keep it from fraying in the future.
And my finished luggage racks!
The great thing about luggage racks is they fold almost completely flat when not in use. Perfect for our little Bunkhouse at Happy Hill! And no one can tell they don’t exactly match.
I love our cozy Bunkhouse, but there is barely room for two twin beds and a tiny nightstand. We put in a row of hooks on the back of the door but there was no place for people to store their suitcases. Now, problem solved!
And I love how the new luggage racks match the black antique iron beds and concrete floor!
And when they are not in use, they simply fold up and store behind the bedroom door!
This was such a quick and easy makeover. Don’t you love it when that happens? I can check this little project off of my list! The next time we have guests they will have a handy little luggage rack to hold their suitcases off of the floor and at a handy height. (You are most welcome Mike and Alex!)
Thank you for stopping by today! It means so much to me! Have a wonderful rest of your day! xo Dell