This might make me officially old, but picture me sticking my tongue out with thumbs in my ears and waving my fingers. At the flea on Sunday, I saw this foldable luggage rack. You know the ones… your grandmother had one in her guest room for your carpet bag and your parasol.
Well, every time we have guests come to stay, there’s never a great place for them to put their bags. It’s a small room with no extra space for a bench or a love seat so bags end up on the floor. Wouldn’t a foldable luggage caddy come in handy?! Yep. Obviously I was planning to give this lovely a makeover and thankfully, it didn’t take any longer than an afternoon.
Step 1: Remove the dated needlepoint straps. Easiest nail head removal ever.
Step 2: Lightly sand and give a coat of spray paint. Since the new room over the garage will probably end up as our guest room, I went with navy blue since that’s one of the colors I’m thinking of using up there. This picture makes the blue seem much brighter than it really is…
Step 3: Attach the straps… I used the same jute webbing as I used on this chair. The jute webbing is much wider than the original needlepoint straps so I just used three strips, but I made sure to cut them the same length as the old ones.
Rather than nail heads, I just used my tacks and tack hammer… much easier and just as sturdy. I folded over the edges of the webbing, and nailed in the tacks being careful to aim towards the center of the wood so as not to split it.
The longest part of this project was waiting for each coat of spray paint to dry, so it was a simple update to a guest room throw back. And now, our visitors can pack whatever enormous duffel their heart desires!
Did I mention I’m rocking out down in Atlanta at the Haven Conference right now?! Yoopee!!
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