From Drab To Fab: Luggage Rack Makeover


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As part of the Goffice redo, I gave this old luggage rack (previously purchased for $3 at a yard sale) a makeover.  The light colored wood and floral fabric didn’t match the new room… or the old one, for that matter.  This quick fix added a dose of style and function, since the luggage rack comes in handy for those traveling with suitcases!

Here are the BEFORE photos:

First, I removed the old fabric straps with pliers.
Next, a good covering of white spray paint gave a neutral base to work with.
Then, I folded fabric around the old straps and ironed them together using no-sew iron tape.
Once the straps were ready, I simply stapled them onto the back with a staple gun.
And there you have it, a new and improved luggage rack!

The whole makeover would have taken under an hour if I had done it all at one time.  Truth be told it took more like 6 weeks because I had to steal a few minutes here and there to get it done.  Now it’s ready for our guests, and when not in use it can be folded and placed in the closet.

For $3 and a can of spray paint, that’s not too shabby!

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  1. Love the the ease of the project! BTW I have the same desk shown in the picture, it caught my eye right away. 🙂

  2. That is so stinkin’ cute!

    It’s things like a contemporary fix on an old luggage rack that’ll give a room personality. You’ve got the gift, girl!

    I came over from Nester’s party. Thanks for posting.

  3. Love the white and green fabric. I will be on the lookout for a thrifty luggage rack. Stopping in from the nester, hope you drop by and say hi.

  4. I bought two of the same luggage racks a while back at a yard sale with the intention of fixing them up the way you did! I haven’t had time yet, but you’ve inspired me to do it. My next project- redo luggage racks! Did you know that they retail for $50 or more? I’m glad I found your blog.

  5. I have a luggage rack that I want to redo the straps. I have looked everywhere for new straps but to no avail. Could you tell me where you bought the new strap material? I would really appreciate it.


  6. Hi, I actually used the old strap material and just covered it in cute fabric. I’ve found strap material at JoAnn Fabric, but decided to cover the old ones for this one!

  7. This is so funny as I did the exact same project and have never seen your until tonight. What is really interesting is that your original rack is identical to mine – even the fabric straps. I bought mine at a hotel liquidator in Vancouver. Where are you?

  8. Elisa, that IS funny! I found it at a yard sale near Philly. I’ve seen them all over, though. Maybe the company that made them had a corner on the market. I’m loving the new fabric pattern… but in 30 years, it’ll probably look outdated like the one I replaced!

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