During a visit to Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store, I spotted an ugly duckling wine rack. I remember when these decor pieces were popular in the 1970’s. There were coordinating paper towel holders, napkin caddies, trivets, etc. I may have even had one or two myself, but I am not prepared to admit it now.
Grapes, apples, and mushrooms were popular motifs for this type of “art.” Raise your hand if you remember these.
I was not looking for a wine rack at ReStore, but the chicken wire drew me in. I am a sucker for chicken wire. I put it in my cart, planning to bring it back to life with chalk paint.
Here it is, in my workshop this morning, ready for its makeover. The wine rack did not look anywhere near as nice as it looks here. I say that to silence the people who are thinking, “It looked better before.” It was dusty, dirty, water damaged, falling apart, and to my horror, there were old black widow spider egg sacs and web debris on the bottom. I only paid a couple of bucks for this thing, and it was getting a makeover!
It didn’t take long to realize that I was going to have to dismantle the wine rack completely to repair and paint it. I do not like painted chicken wire, so I went to great lengths to keep it paint free.
Here is a close-up of the grape art work. It took three coats of paint to cover the black outline of the grapes. Later I read online that the black outlines were burned into the wood. That explains the difficulty in covering it up. With patience and a lot of blowdrying between coats, I got there.
I spent most of the day working on this project. I know that sounds silly, but I find it fun, relaxing and challenging.
I painted the roof with Pure Home Paint’s Razorback Red and added a dark protective finish. The rest of the piece was painted with Shabby Paint’s Vanilla Bear, distressed and finished with a protective coat. I put all the pieces back together again, removing old nails as screws as needed and using lots of glue and clamps. I love the old hardware on this piece. They alone were worth the price!
After seeing the piece outside, I may decide to convert it into a bird feeder!
For now, it looks lovely in my kitchen. I know if I ever see one of these again, I’m grabbin’ it!