Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bakers Racks

Bakers Racks are so useful.  They've been around for ages.  I got my first one at least 20 years ago.   I've used it for all sorts of things - to hold towels in a bathroom, to hold cookbooks in the kitchen, as a plant stand, and lately, as a launch pad in our coatroom. It started out black and many years back, I painted it hunter green.  At the time, I thought changing it to hunter green was wonderful.  The poor thing has been neglected since then. And you know it's been a long, long time since hunter green was "in". 

But then, at a yard sale this weekend, I spied a very pretty bakers rack, (larger than our old launch pad rack).  I sweetly asked if it was for sale and held my breath.  The lady said she really didn't want to sell it.  She liked it.  She didn't know why her husband brought it out for the sale.  Anyway, if she sold it, she'd have to have at least $10.  My heart rate increased. I tried to look calm - not too eager or pushy.  I guess I'll take it for 10.  She still wasn't sure.  She'd have to ask her husband.  Her husband, my new best friend, wanted her to get rid of it.  They were redoing the room.  They'd get something nice and new.  It came home with me and after a very brief thought of putting it in the booth for display, ended up giving my coat room a nice lift. I hope the lady who sold it to me gets something she loves.


 Now, I'm going to work up my nerve and show you the old one, in exactly the state it was in just before the transformation process began.
Ohhh Honey... am I really posting this photo?
What a mess.  The old green one is smaller.  I try to keep it looking neater than this, but when things get hectic, it quickly becomes a mess.  Like I said, this is our launch pad.  It holds our keys and umbrellas and whatever we'll need as we come and go. My purse even looks unhappy in this picture!

So, the old green one is now in the attic awaiting a makeover (with the Rustoleum oil rubbed bronze that I've fallen in love with!)

The new one is taller - four shelves instead of three.  And the shelves are wider.  There's plenty of room in this corner, so the larger size of the rack is an improvement.  And it folds flat, so it will be super easy to move should I ever want to do so.

The shelves are very pretty!  I just love those swirls.

I had so much room after organizing the necessities, 
that I was able to add in a little fall arrangement.

I plan to replace the Longaberger basket on the bottom shelf with something else - not sure what.  It will need to be something tall, otherwise our darling cats will get into it and pull out whatever is there.  Honestly!  We don't have pets - they have us!!!

This is our other bakers rack.  I got it on sale, at a incredibly low price, at Home Depot at least 5 years ago.  Right now, it's home to our salad planters.  In July, I posted about how much I wanted a Salad Table.  As cool as those tables are, in the end I decided to use planters on this rack so I could easily bring it inside when the weather turns cold.  I want fresh lettuce and spinach all winter long.  This rack also folds flat.  It will be a cinch to move inside in a few months.

So far, my growing plan is working great.  I've staggered the planting.  I'm already eating lettuce from two of the containers.  Supposedly, I should be able to snip off some leaves and the plant will keep growing.  I will probably fill the old green bakers rack with more salad plants.  I love salads and it doesn't get any fresher than this. 

I almost forgot - I have a fourth bakers rack.  Uh-oh. Am I becoming obsessed? 


This one is also on our kitchen porch.  It's sort of a holding spot for plants.  Most of the things growing here are going to be moved or replanted soon. 

It's a little delicate looking for my tastes.  The flowers are painted in pastels (not as bright as they appear in the closeup).  I haven't been able to bring myself to paint it. I can't picture this rack painted black or bronze.  Maybe a grey/silver/galvanized look could be interesting. Or a bright fun color???  Or... maybe I should leave it as is, and sell it to someone who will love it just as it is.  I think it's pretty, but I don't really decorate with pastels.  This one also folds up.


Bakers racks come in so many sizes and styles and serve so many purposes.
Here are some pretty ones I found while browsing -

I love the slightly industrial look of this one from Sweet Nothings.
This one from Simply Sailing got a makeover including a piece of leftover counter-top.
This one from Lomond View was used outside at a reception.

Kay Ellen decorated hers for Christmas.
Here's another one using for entertaining - as seen on Apartment Therapy.
As seen on Old Sweetwater Cottage
Another great one found on Old Sweetwater Cottage
Now, are you excited about baker's racks or what!?!


Be sure to check out my Porch and Garden Party.  It's not too late to join in!

I've joined in with the following parties:
Anything Related at All Thingz Related
Tuesday Garden Party at An Oregon Cottage
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Lucky Linky Tuesday at Lucky Star Lane
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Vintage Inspiration Fridays at Common Ground
Fab Friday at Frugal and Fabulous Design
Home and Family Fridays at Home is Where My Story Begins 
It's a HodgePodge Friday at It's a HodgePodge Life
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home 
I'm Lovin' It Fridays at Tidy Mom 
Alphabet Thursday at Mrs. Matlock's 

19 comments:

  1. Hi,

    I am very jelous of you...not because of the baker's racks - which of course are quite wonderful, but because of your checkered floors. I have always wanted black and white checkered floors and have never been able to find just the right room to put them in...someday perhaps. (-:

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  2. what a pretty collection and uses for baker's racks! i thought i was so clever to find one at a thrift store a few months ago and use it in my garden too ;) i'm using it as a little potting spot, with pots underneath and tools on top. the surface is just the right size...

    anyway, yours looks wonderful. i wish i had room *in* my home for a baker's rack. they're so nice.

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  3. Well if you are obscessed, it is a good obscession. Really enjoyed the pictures. I don't have a Baker's rack, but I am starting to think I need one!

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  4. love the idea to put the herbs on it, you may have inspired me.
    Karen

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  5. Good use to grow your salad! Will you add lights when you bring it inside? I'll be curious to see how growing it inside works for you- the idea of fresh all year long is intriguing. Glad you shared this!

    Jami
    www.anoregoncottage.com

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  6. Mine is even worse, trust me. Someone gave it to me halfway repainted, but the style is really all wrong for my kitchen. I've left it in hopes that I'll find one better suited for the kitchen, and the current one will be put outside as a planting station/welcome area. I feel your excitement, and pain. :)

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  7. Oh, I love them too, I have a few and love decorating them! Great idea for the "salad rack"! looks yummy. Thanks for linking in with VIF! Have a great week!
    xo,
    Debra

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  8. I love your idea for a salad rack. Don't think I have enough sun to do that. They are so great because they hold so much stuff. Great B. Joni

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  9. I like the new rack you acquired at the garage sale!! great buy : )
    the salad rack is a good use of space & yummy too!

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  10. I love all those uses for the Baker's Rack. I bought one at a swap meet in the spring and I've used it on the veranda as a coffee post, dessert table, catch all - love it. Now I just have to figure out where it can go for the winter.

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  11. Where did you get these marvelous baker's racks in the first place! I've never heard of them!
    Nice post.
    Purrs,
    Sara Cat

    Sara Cat's B-post JM
    Anna's B-post JM

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  12. You got quite a deal. I love it. I have one I use to hold magazines in my guest bathroom.

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  13. oh so very handy and pretty and yet I have none. Hmmm

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  14. I too love baker's racks. I only have one, but I did the old Rustoleum paint job on it too. Your new one is just great!

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  15. What a great deal! I love my bakers racks and they move and change purposes often!

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  16. Now, I think if that lady -really- didn't want to sell her rack, she would've asked way more than $10 for it! The shelves in it are fabulous.

    I've never heard of salad tables before! I like your alternative, it seems a lot more small-space-friendly.

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  17. What a wonderful link to Alphabe-Thursday!

    I don't think you have an obsession at all... I think you have a great eye for form and function.

    Love what you've done with all of these. I, too, am addicted to ORB paint!

    That salad rack is incredibly clever. I love that idea. What climate are you in? Does growing these greens work inside as well as out?

    Thanks for a wonderful, inspiring and question provoking link!

    A+

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  18. That is a beautiful new baker's rack you got, and what a deal! We hope to eventually get at least one baker's rack, as soon as we find the perfect place to put it, although if I come across a nice one like your find for $10, it will come home with me. Congrats!

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