Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Something Old into Something New: Make a Drying Rack from an Old Crib
Ballard Designs has a fabulous drying rack that I longed for. I saw it in the catalog every few months and would long anew each time I perused. Just take a gander:
Unfortunately, I could not swing the $200 price tag.
Then, while checking out blogs one day, I came across an even more fabulous drying rack. It was more fabulous because...IT WAS FREE!
Some incredibly genius blogger (who I now cannot track down - sorry!) had the brilliant idea to recycle an old crib into a Ballad's knockoff drying rack. Fate would intervene the very next week when, on my way home I saw it: a used, broken-down crib on the side of the road. Score!
I only brought home one side (which I now regret), and unfortunately did not take a picture. It was already white, but was very dirty. I didn't even want to guess what was dried and crusty on the side. I cleaned it with 409 cleanser, sanded it, and used a hack saw to saw off one end of it. I then attached a piece of scrap wood to even-out the sawed end. This was so I would have a place to attach some hinges to. I then sprayed several fresh coats of white paint,and finished by spraying a satin-finish polyurethane on it to seal it.
When finished, I mounted it straight onto the door of my laundry room (really a closet) with another piece of wood, the hinges, some ribbon, and a latch. Perhaps if I show you the pics, this will make more sense:
It works for me, and only cost a few dollars for the latch and two hinges, as I already had the scrap wood and ribbon. Hope you think it as genius as I do:)