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Folding Luggage Rack to Rustic Herringbone Side Table #30dayflip

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HI, We have all seen them and you may already own one, a folding luggage rack. But have you ever thought it could be so much more than an item that only gets used a few times a year? I transformed mine into a side table for our couch.
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This is the Before. I bought this plain luggage rack from goodwill for $5, I didn't know what I wanted to do with it, until my hubby commented that we needed a side table for the sofa, so I got to work
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Items I used:
1) 10ft cedar board (1x2)
2) Stray pieces of Alder wood also 1x2
3) Miter saw
4) 1 inch screws or a brad nailer
5) 1/4 inch plywood, cut to the size top you want
6) wood glue
7) Stain (I used my homemade vinegar and steel wool stain)
8) Top Coat of your choice (I personally like FolkArt satin varnish)
9) decorative upholstery nails
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I had never done herringbone before, so I started by cutting my 1/4 inch plywood for my base, I cut it a little shorter than I wanted my top so it would not show underneath. I drew a line down the middle and I started with the middle pieces of wood and started cutting my 45 degree angles. On this piece I figured out my lengths and pattern as I went. You can see the 3rd board from the top had to get pieced back together, as I was running out of wood. Improvise to get what you want :) Its barely noticeable once stained.
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I staggered the cedar and alder to achieve a nice color variation after staining.
This is after 2 coats of my vinegar steel wool stain :) LOVE that gray!!! I have tried to achieve this with regular stain and could never get it, Vinegar/steel wool is my GO TO stain of choice :)
Let the stain dry before adding coats, it darkens gradually and sometimes if you just keep applying you can go too dark fast. Be patient. I did about 5 coats to get it to the color I loved. Then I top coated with 2 coats of Folk Art Varnish in Satin.
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Instead of stripping all of the original stain from the luggage rack, I gave it a good sanding, going all the way through the finish sometimes, and just scuffing it up in some places. Then I put the vinegar stain on it and achieved this cool aged look :)
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I added a few upholstery nails/pins in the spots I wanted, there were already some holding the straps on the original. I found some that matched at Lowes, to make it look cohesive.
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I didn't even attach the top, I just sat it on top ( in case I need it as a luggage rack when family or friends visit :) ) and VIOLA! A side table was born!!!
(you can attach the top if you prefer, I just sat my top on there and it hasn't moved at all, and I have 3 boys )
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My hubby loves it and says it was a good investment of the $5. haha :) And I have had guest ask where I bought it :) Proud moment!!!
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Always be on the look out and don't pass up your "diamond in the rough" even if you don't have an idea for it at the moment..
To see this and more transformations please check out my facebook page :)
Roughly Refined Furniture by Christina
www.Facebook.com/roughlyrefined
Thanks!!!
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Update: my 2nd luggage rack turned side table. This one has a nice rustic top. Used alder and poplar wood with vinegar stain and then sanded to get all the colors :)
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  • Lisa House
    Lisa House Vickery, OH

    Fabulous! I checked out the other photos in your answer...those are fabulous as well. I have a similar table that has veneer on the top, I may remove the veneer and give your stain a try, I would have nothing to lose if mine doesn't turn out well.

    • Christina Robart
      Christina Robart Summerville, SC

      Thank you Lisa :) I just posted pics of my 2nd luggage rack turned side table :) .... for uour table, Oak grays really well with the vinegar stain, other wood react differently. If you have any questions or want to share pics please do here or on

  • Tracy Jo
    Tracy Jo Canada

    So cool, what a great idea!

  • Connie Hill
    Connie Hill Mora, MO

    Fantastic Idea and great craftsmen (WOMEN) !!!

  • Charlotte
    Charlotte Opelika, AL

    Love this. You are so talented!

  • Joni Kinsey
    Joni Kinsey Hoquiam, WA

    Smashing idea!!! I'm so jazzed about this! You've just got my blood pumping with best thing I've seen in awhile...Thank you for sharing, I'm pinning

    • Christina Robart
      Christina Robart Summerville, SC

      Joni, thank you so much for such a wonderful compliment! I'm blushing :) If you make one, please send a pic to my Roughly Refined Facebook page www.facebook.com/roughlyrefined I would love to see it! Have a wonderful day :)

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