Asked on May 16, 2014

Baker's Rack Needs Help!

by Lorraine
Here we have another thrift shop find! Please help! I bought this last summer, spray painted it and put it on the screened porch at the side of the house - looked fine. Have moved it to the front porch and though it doesn't look bad - from a distance the drawers and top stand out like a bonfire!!!!!!!!!!! Would love to hear your suggestions for these drawers and top - the top is cheap butcher block so painting it would not hurt my feelings. The house color is called Woodstock Brown - evidently by someone who is still at Woodstock because it looks green to me - the front door is wood and the trim is ranch red, All the metal furniture is black iron - the log stuff will be moving when planting days are over but the dog and I need a soft spot to rest and sip my tea.
Thanks for your thoughts you are always most generous and creative!
q baker s rack needs help, gardening, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling
  8 answers
  • Z Z on May 16, 2014
    I love using bakers racks for plants. I do agree that this one needs a little makeover (drawer area) to make it work better in it's new location. I'd either stain it to match the front door or paint it to match the reddish trim. Add some pretty colored pots with plants and you're set.

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    • Z Z on May 16, 2014
      @Lorraine, I totally understand. I tried to start from seed one year to cut the costs and the winter drug out so long that they all shriveled up and died before I could plant them outside. I like using perennials as much as possible, but there are some annuals that I like having too.

  • Donna Byram Donna Byram on May 16, 2014
    I also think either the red or same color as your front door for the shelf and drawers. I think a cute welcome sign, and a ceramic figurine or two would look good among the potted plants.

  • Sheila Conlon Sheila Conlon on May 17, 2014
    Lorraine, so do you and your fur-baby walk in the winter as well? Here is an Idea. Go to your Thrift store and get some over the door hooks, and add those to the top for drying gloves, hats, etc... Get some square baskets for the bottom shelf to keep leashes, potty bags, etc. Then when planting season comes around...... you have places to hang your tools, and places to keep needed supplies. As far as painting it, I think a play with your house colors in reverse would look great, little more punch of your great red with the accent being the brown.

    • Sally Sally on May 18, 2014
      @Sheila Conlon I like your idea and think it could be expanded. This could be a great opportunity to easily decorate for each season. Fall garland... tinsel (yuk) as a background. A wreath with house numbers or initial could be your focus piece.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on May 18, 2014
    I can understand the expense of plants every year. I used to do spring, summer, fall and winter more. Were I you, I would paint the entire piece, drawers and all, with Rustoleum Copper! It is stunning! It has enough of a redish tint to go well with your red. Think about a miniature shrub on that drawer level for the centerpiece and then some pretty grasses and vines in colorful pots. The different greens can be beautiful...and if you want a pop of color, add a couple of Gerber daisies.

  • Karin From B'ham Karin From B'ham on May 18, 2014
    I also like the idea of painting or staining the wood on this piece to go with the red house trim. Paint the drawer pulls black if they are not already (hard to tell.) Most of all, center between the window and the entrance. It will take on a whole new look when you get some plants on it. I think you got a great piece with many options!

  • Mary Mary on May 18, 2014
    You could do so many things with this area. My first thoughts are to move it closer to the window and put two large pots on each side of the steps. I would put something evergreen, tall, and skinny in the pots. Since you have an exterior plug in you can decorate the pots with lights at Christmas. The bakers rack could be painted red but a slightly brighter red or all black. I would use the bakers rack and decorate it seasonally. Old suitcases, baskets, plants, statuary, seasonal items like pumpkins etc. great space to really have fun. I usually put something next to a piece like this to ground it. Good luck and just have fun with it. Adding green and complementary colors will make it really pop.

  • Deborah G. Deborah G. on May 18, 2014
    Hi Lorraine, to me the baker's rack (and the whole area) would make a lovely little out doors room. A great place to have a cup of coffee and just enjoy your area. I love Jeanette's idea about the copper color, but I would only paint the wood copper. Maybe some cute baskets for the bottom shelf and a throw or two that compliments the house colors, kinda "overflowing" from the baskets, with a pillow and throw on the chair. For the upper shelves, some nice lanterns and covered candles would make it cozy and inviting.

  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on May 18, 2014
    Great find! If this was mine, I'd paint it the color of the trim around your front door and paint the drawer area black. Or, if you really don't feel like painting the whole thing again, paint the drawer and top area the color of your trim and I think it'll look Beautiful!!