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Reclaimed Wood Platter Rack (DIY Shelves)

My love for old trim parts is deep. I have used these pieces in several projects throughout the past 4 years. These reclaimed wood platter racks make great use of old trim parts. They are really art unto themselves—along with whatever you happen to place on top of them. In our new dining space….we have a large wall that was just crying for something special (do your walls cry? just me….? carry on…)

I went searching for some trim parts to create some platter shelves. I wanted them to be around 48-52 long, with a wide top to place a shelf on top…and I wanted them to have some chippy old paint that was really worn. A field trip downtown to my Architectural Salvage was a perfect starting point. I found two old trim pieces that were probably headers on a door jam at  one point….I just adore the character they have. A true value too…only $10 a piece! Here is how I went about putting these reclaimed wood platter racks together….so easy…I promise!

 

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You will need a few things from your local True Value to get this project going:

Minwax stain in the color of choice (I used Jacobean to compliment our floors)

gloves

sponge brush

rag

(2) 1 x 6 pine boards (cut to the length of your trim parts you are using)

(2) narrow trim pieces for the top of the pine. These will hold platters in place.

trim screws for securing to the wall (and for securing pine to reclaimed trim)

brad nailer (to secure the trim to the pine on the top)

painters tape to mark your studs

 

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Steps:

Clean up your reclaimed trim parts. I vacuumed and then wiped really well with a damp cloth. trim

 

Then you are going to want to stain the pine boards (you could paint them if you wish:) I used Minwax Jacobean stain. Brush stain on the whole piece, wipe off and let dry. Easy. I have talked more in depth about staining on this post.  It is very hard to screw it up…staining is a great beginners project.

Stain your trim piece for the top of the shelf too. Let dry.

Wipe on a polyurethane. I like Minwax wipe on in satin.

Now you are ready to attach your pine shelf piece to the reclaimed trim piece. I used 4 trim screws and attached the pine to the trim.

 

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Now you are ready to hang up your shelf. We used painters tape to show us where the studs were (thanks dad for that genius idea!) We also marked where the shelf would be centered on the wall so that when we went to place it up there….no guessing!

 

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Trim screws were used to secure the shelves to the studs in the wall. We used 4 screws on each shelf. Be sure to space you shelves allowing for platters to sit on top of the shelves:)

 

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Pop some brad nails on the trim to secure them to the pine boards. This is what will “hold’” your platters in place. Lean them against the wall to judge the space. Our trim was about 3 1/4 from the wall…so a little more that half way in the center…hope that makes sense:)

 

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Place your favorite platters…and enjoy!! Love the character the old wood has….perfectly imperfect!!

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This is the view from the family room….I love that the platters take up the wall….Draws your eye back to that little coffee corner:)

 

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Here is a link to my other platter post:

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I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated

for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been

compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own

and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Repurpose Leather coat idea (refinished chair DIY)

Remember that blog….CleverlyInspired…and she used to share inspiring ideas that were really clever??–well SHE’S BACCKKKKK…. (at least for today;) Feels like it has been forever since I shared a DIY idea with you. When I began blogging 4 years ago….it seemed that most bloggers were in a specific category….DIY or Food…I hope that you enjoy reading all the different types of post that I share. I figure most of you love a good DIY…but you also gotta eat right? Sharing design ideas…alongside of a recipe…and crafts & DIY…adding in some personal stuff along the way makes sense to me….it is a very easy and organic process.  Without further ado….

It was 1984…you had your favorite sweater…jeans rolled at your ankles….hair feathered as it should….a night of roller skating was in your future….and you were going to wear the leather coat that would make you look like a defensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers—shoulder pads don’t lie (well, technically they do…I mean their whole purpose is to make your shoulders look crazy big. Side note—-why did we want our shoulders to look big?) Anywho, this leather coat…if it could talk I am sure it would share stories of roller rinks, Rubik’s cubes, cabbage patch dolls…you get the point. It is directly from the 80’s and a steal at my local Goodwill (all coats $5)…whoot! I knew that I could breathe new life into the old girl….and here is how she turned out….

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A caned chair in perfect condition is hard to come by,so I swiped this one up at a local thrift shop for $8. It was looking a little dated so I used some chalk paint. Chalk paint is all the rage,and I am loving it! Two coats of paint…sand off aggressively…coat with a poly acrylic in a satin finish (non-yellowing poly). You can pick some up at your neighborhood True Value for just a few bucks. It will last forever. I love the Minwax brand that is wipe on…Easy! Be sure when you are using a light color of paint to use a water based poly….otherwise it may turn yellow over time. If you are using a dark color paint…you can use either oil-or water-based…both are fine.

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For the seat, I cut a large piece of leather from the back of the coat. I made sure it was large enough to wrap onto the seat so that I could use a staple gun on the bottom. Another great buy from your neighborhood True Value is this staple gun – I use it all the time! If you haven’t taken a chair seat off before it is very simple. Flip the chair over and you will see 4 long screws in each corner that hold the seat bottom on the chair. Unscrew those and the seat will come off. Take off old material and staple on new! Easy!! Replace the screws…Obviously it is easiest to refinish the chair when the seat bottom is off :)

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I think I am going to put some small wheels on the bottom and use it for my desk chair….I adore this chair!!

 

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So here is the lesson: Never pass up a $5 leather coat….and never leave home without shoulder pads;) I will be sharing more about the DIY blog squad very soon. I am so excited to have been asked to be a member:)

xo

 

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated

for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been

compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own

and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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