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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Guest Room Update and DIY Luggage Rack Makeover

Since we moved into our new house, we haven't added much to our guest room. However, with the baby coming soon, we are expecting some friends and family to visit, so we started working on it! 

The theme and colors for the room will be centered around this gorgeous comforter I received as a gift. I love it! The newest addition to the room is a luggage rack for guests to use. I found one at a yard sale for 50 cents, but they can also be purchased at Walmart or Amazon. They typically aren't very pretty, so I gave this one a make over to fit into the room. 

You will need:
Wooden Luggage Rack
Spray Paint (I used an entire can of Krylon Ivory Gloss)
1-2 yards Thick Jute Ribbon (I used this one from Joann's in red. If you go into the store, they sell it by the yard).
Staple Remover or Flat head Screw driver
Staple gun and Staples
Fabric Scissors

1. Carefully remove the original straps from the rack by pulling out the staples with a staple remover or flat head screwdriver. 

2. Open up the luggage rack and place on a tarp or cardboard in a well ventilated area. Spray paint the entire surface of the wood. This will take several coats. Make sure you cover all angles. 

3. Using the original straps as a pattern, cut new straps from the jute ribbon to be the same length. I decided to only add 2 straps since my ribbon was so wide. If yours is thinner like the original straps, cut out 4 pieces. 

4. Once the paint on the rack is dried, lay the straps down and place the luggage rack face down on top of them. Open the rack to about 15.5" wide. Position the straps where you want them to be. You will need approximately 1.5" extra ribbon on either side of the wood to staple down. 

5. Fold one end of the ribbon over the wood and while holding it in place, carefully staple it down. I used 4 staples to secure the strap. Repeat on the other side of the rack. Be sure to pull the ribbon over tight so the strap is taut when stapled down. Repeat with other strap (or straps if you have 4).

6. Flip the luggage rack over and you should be able to open and close it easily. The straps should be taut and keep the rack open when spread apart. 

I love how this little face lift turned out! The rack fits into the room much better now. I know it will come in handy so our guests don't have to rummage through their suitcase on the floor. :) I can't wait to add more to the room. We just bought a night stand I am refinishing this week!


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