Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Primitive DIY Bowl Rack

I think a nice Bowl Rack is a must have for any Prim lover, so I decided to make one for myself (with some help from DH). My usual wood source - aka 'The Burning Pile'- is currently covered under a layer of snow, so I had to come up with another source for my wood selection. Found this 'seen better days' bookcase and decided it could be transformed into my new rack.

We took apart the bookcase and cut the top shelf into the 2 rails. We then cut an angle into the 2 sides and gave the middle shelf a cutout so that it is narrower than the bottom shelf and gives it a little more detail. We put the bowl rack together and filled the nail holes with cut pieces of dowel and then sanded them down. This is what we ended up with.

For the finish, I applied a base coat of 'Okra' and followed this with a coat of black and wiped it down to the shade you see. I filled it with some of my favorite things and really love how it came out.

An added bonus with this rack is that I was able to cover up the ugly thermostat. Now you see it.

And, now you don't.

This now hangs in our family room. My next big project is to strip the wallpaper and paint the walls in there. It has high ceilings and I have been putting it off, as the ladder work is not my favorite thing anymore.

Until next time ~ Suzanne. Print Friendly and PDF


  1. I love it Suzanne, you and hubby do nice work together!

  2. Wow - you would never know that was the same piece. Great job!

    Thanks for sharing!


  3. What an awesome piece, Suzanne! I just love how it displays some of your treasures...not to mention the fact that it also hides your thermostat.

    It sounds like you are having so much fun. The proof is in the pudding!

  4. WOW!!! I would never have seen a bowl rack in that piece...GOOD FOR YOU!! It looks great.

  5. Crafty and clever:) I love it! Very nicely done Suzanne. My hubby has a burning pile too and I'm always telling him "but wait, we can use this for..." LOL. Hugs~Carol

  6. I have that bookcase...and I think I need that bowlrack...uh-oh! LOL!
    Where do you come up with this stuff? I would have never ever thought of that makeover. even when I saw the pics I didn't pit them together. Man, you're good. Like, real good, LOL!

  7. How clever is THAT? The only thing that could make it better is if it had a drawer across the bottom - but all things considered it's a totally awesome makeoever!

  8. What a wonderful job you did! Amazing!

  9. Oh I'm drooling...how beautiful! And creative!
    I love the color on it too.
    I want one!

    I see you became one of my followers...THANKS SO MUCH! Glad to have you.


  10. Wow, what a great idea and it turned out fantastic!!! Great job!

  11. Very impressive. Now that is using what you already have constructively. I wish I could see past what I have and more of what it could be. My visions are a little blurry these days. I'll have to work on getting the cobwebs cleaned out.

  12. Girl, you are so smart. That rack is just so great.

  13. WOW - this is cool! :) I love your rack.

  14. Hi Suzanne........Thanks for visiting my blog. I am glad you did because now I have found yours! I love all of the projects you have been making. I see we have a lot of the same interests.

  15. What a great makeover....It looks amazing...

  16. WOW!!
    What a fabulous make over!!
    Looks fantastic!

  17. All I can say is Wow! What an amazing transformation!!! I totally love it!

  18. Wow, you are sooo creative. I'm inspired!!
    great job on all of the projects.

  19. Okay, you are amazing for seeing this beautiful rack when l;ooking at the "nothing special" bookshelf. Just wow.

  20. Wow! That is a great transformation! Very creative! I'm a new follower on both google and linky. Hopefully you'll stop by for a visit...and if you follow me back...you'll make my day!


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