Bakers Rack Painted in Coco

Coco chalk paint was used to give this old baker's rack some style.


I picked up a few items from a recent buying trip. I purchased the bakers rack to use to display smaller items in my booth.

Furniture found at thrift stores.

It doesn't look too bad from a distance. But it was filthy, so it was time to get started cleaning.

Cleaning thrift store furniture.

Seriously it was filthy! Cleaning is not my favorite part of the job, but it's probably one of the most important steps. I cleaned and wiped the bakers rack down about three times before it was ready for paint.

Dirty water from cleaning furniture.

Otherwise it was in good shape except for a loosening of the veneer on the main shelf. I considered removing it entirely, but other than the loose section, it was adhered sturdily and I wasn't sure if I could get it off without making a bigger mess.

Loose veneer on bakers rack shelf.

I used a toothpick to push wood glue into the loose section.

I used a toothpick to push the wood glue underneath the loose veneer.

After wiping the excess glue off I clamped a wood block to the front to hold it flat. After the glue was dried I removed the clamp and got busy painting.

After wiping the excess glue off I clamped a wood block to the front to hold it flat.

AFTER:

I didn't take any photos of the painting process, but I did use my vintage effects brush to paint this piece. It wasn't too difficult to paint, but it was time consuming and tedious to paint all the metal. In hindsight, I think it would be much easier to use a spray gun for this type of project.

Bakers rack painted in Coco Chalk Paint.

I chose Coco for a beautiful neutral finish. It took about two coats of paint and then I dry brushed a little Old White for some highlights.

Bakers rack used to store kitchen items.

Using a larger brush instead of a small brush to paint the metal made the job a bit easier. My brush has a short handle and that also helped get into the tighter spaces.

Bakers racks are a great solution for storage.

I applied a bit of dark wax to the main shelf to give it a more vintage look.

I applied a bit of dark wax to the main shelf to give it a more vintage look.

This photo shows some of the Old White highlights.

Coco with highlights of Old White Chalk Paint.

Bakers rack painted in Coco chalk paint.

Supplies (affiliate links follow):

Chalk paint by Annie Sloan (Coco and Old White) a smaller can should be enough to finish a project like this. But I always buy the larger cans because I use it often.
Clear Wax (to seal the paint)
Dark wax
Vintage Effects paint brush

* NOTE: I used a paint brush for this piece, but it was very time consuming. It would be much easier to use a paint sprayer. I don't own one at this time, but this sprayer is on my wish list. It's more towards the bottom of my list though because I prefer to use a brush.


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