Baker's Rack Makeover - Shabby Chic Look

I found an inexpensive baker's rack on kijiji.ca (free online classifieds) and the seller lived right around the corner from me so getting it home wasn't a problem.  The price was right, the size was perfect and I liked the look of it as well.

The counter was made of laminated MDF and I had a piece of maple in my shop that was almost exactly the same size so I swapped it out.  I added a piece of trim across the front to hide the missing caps on the metal ends.

Then of course out came the chalk paint!!!

My goal was to make the piece look like it had been oxidized over the years so I wasn't terribly careful with my painting... Two coats later and a coat of dark wax on top, I began sanding it all back off again.  Because the metal is hammered, the white paint stayed in all the little crevices giving me almost exactly the look I wanted.

OOPS!  Forgot to paint the drawer sides...


I swapped out the knob for an oiled bronze pull (leftover from my kitchen reno).  I'm not really sure that I like the look of the drawer, I'd rather have a basket look or something to match the counter so changes are ahead.

Then I found this old wood in-box at the re-use centre of our dump and gave it the chalk paint treatment (sorry no before photo!).  I added an extra tin tile to my display as well (chalk painted & distressed of course!).

I also went back and painted the drawer sides and distressed the heck out of the front of the drawer.  NOW I'm happy :)  and I love that I can use that in-box as a tray.

Have a great weekend!


51 comments:

  1. Anne,
    Great transformation! Love the new life you gave this bakers rack.That drawer pull looks perfect too!!! I forgot to paint the sides on a drawer one time too.Did not realize it until I was all done LOL.Oh well no big deal.Have a great weekend.
    (((Hugs)))
    Anne

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  2. Awesome Anne! I love the transformation. I have a bakers rack stored in the barn just waiting for an idea to change it up. I think I will redo my rack for a plant stand!

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  3. I love this! What a find, and I love your changes.

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  4. I love where you took this little bakers rack! It looks Fabulous! My sister has this same one I'm gonna have to show her what you did ;) Love it!

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  5. Looks like zinc - which I love!! Great job - chalk paint on metal - who knew! It rocks - can't wait to see what you replace that drawer with.
    Kelly

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  6. Anne,

    Wow! That is one amazing transformation! I love it.

    Dee

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  7. Anne...what a transformation..!! You transformed a "typical looking" bakers rack into a true work of art!...Then again, you are "the artist"...so gifted!..

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  8. WOW, Fantastic transformation Anne! I love how you painted it and how you decorated it!

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  9. Looks lovely ... and I agree, the drawer looks best with it distressed to within an inch of its life!

    And now it reminds me that there is a "free stuff" section on Craigs List that I need to remember to check out ...

    :)

    Linda

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  10. Love what you have done with the baker's rack! I like the drawer too.. Haven't tried the chalkpaint that everyone is raving about yet. You are extremely creative with the paint treatment and the way you decorated it!

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  11. Oh my goodness, Anne, you did such a great job on this bakers rack. I used to have one years ago, and gave it away, and now I'm sorry I did. I could have fixed it up like you did. I love seeing your projects and how you turn them into something WONDERFUL! Have a nice weekend, sweetie.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  12. This is Melissa @ daisymaebelle.com You worked wonders with this bakers rack! Nice work!

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  13. Oh Anne, great job, I really, really love it!! You really had a vision, and the transformation is amazing!!

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  14. Happy Canada Day Anne! How you have a wonderful time with friends and family!

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  15. ... And you are officially my new paint goddess! This aqua craze is doing wonders at your beautiful place!

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  16. You took an ordinary bakers rack and turned it into something much more stylish! I really like it. I know you will get alot of enjoyment out of it.

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  17. Anne, You did an amazing job on the baker's rack. Looks sooo good after painting it.
    Mary Alice

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  18. Oh, it DOES look olden and oxidized, Anne! Your re-do turned out just great. ~ Sue

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  19. Anne, I love the patina look to your new bakers rack. You do such an amazing job with all your furniture.
    Have a great 4th of July!

    Jody

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  20. WOW! What an upgrade. Way to take a basic baker's rack and make it awesome. That little inbox is the perfect compliment as well. The drawer might look good with that same kind of cutout?? Another awesome upgrade, Anne!

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  21. Anne, What a great find and transformation. Belated happy Canada Day!

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  22. I love what you did with this bakers rack. It's awesome!

    Julie
    www.jamscorner.com

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  23. I love it! You did a great job with it. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

    Holly

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  24. What a great make over and great ideas! Joan

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  25. you did a great job on making this piece look old, now will you come to my house and give mine the makeover, it's pretty blah!

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  26. Beautiful job. I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/07/3-face-masks-from-your-kitchen-and.html
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  27. Everything you do is amazing Anne. :-)

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  28. So cute! I love what you have done with this!

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  29. Great transformation! I love to repurpose items and give them new life. Visiting from Fade Charm and becoming a new follower.

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  30. Your really changed the look of your baker's rack, Anne! It looks great and the accessorizing is very pretty!

    Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

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  31. Nice use of chalk paint. It's beautiful.
    Cheers!
    Miss Ellie

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  32. Wow, you did a super great job!
    I love it, it looks sooo different!
    thanks for sharing!
    Leticia

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  33. What a wonderful transformation and a great piece! Love it! I found your blog through the link party at From My Front Porch To Yours and will be following and looking forward to reading mroe great posts and admiring more pictures! Hugs, Leena

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  34. Hi Anne: What a delightful change you have made to this baker's rack--I like it a lot. Love that you found the in-box/revamped tray at the re-use center--now I want to go to our dump's center and see what they have! I have a baker's rack in our basement--no easy feat getting it down there through stairs, but I use it to start seeds every spring. Take care, and have a great weekend!

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  35. FREE?! Nice! I really like the drawer--maybe it is because of the pull. I think you really achieved the look you wanted. I love the details. Thank you so much for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  36. It looks great, Anne! And I'm so proud of you! You didn't feel the need to repaint THIS piece again. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday again this week.

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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  37. Wow this is really fantastic, you did a great transformation from sky to earth, very beautiful, I love the painted sign, its unique.

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  38. I like the oxidation look.
    It looks like the real deal. I like the tin tile...is this one of the back splash tiles like you can get at Lowe's?
    It turned out great. I also like the wood 'inbox-turned tray...
    Pat

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  39. You did a fabulous job! I love it.

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  40. glad you got the final result you wanted!
    Your baker's rack looks great Anne!
    gail

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  41. OH my! So much better - I love how it looks all rustic!
    Just adorable Anne!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  42. Your baker's rack looks really fabulous now and I love the tin panels you have resting in it also!

    Thanks for sharing this at the Knick of Time Tuesday blog hop! Feel free to join me as a party co-host as the party continues all week - with new giveaways each day (including the Leslie Janson giveaway today)!

    Blessings,
    Angie @ Knick of Time

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  43. Thanks for linking up to Simple & Sweet Fridays.
    Such a great transformation!

    Jody

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  44. Lovely transformation!
    Greetings from Australia♥
    ~Pernilla

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  45. I love the new look on your baker's rack! I recently picked one up for $10.00 at a yard sale to use as a plant stand (have way to many succulents!!) and I plan on doing something very similar. We don't have dark wax up here, so I have to improvise.
    Great Job!!!
    Debbie :)

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