Projects & Improvements

Before & After: A Modernized Luggage Rack

published Apr 11, 2011
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When I saw this lonely little luggage rack pushed to the back of a Salvation Army store, I felt sorry for it. Unloved and discarded by its former owner, I could see past its current beat up and water stained condition and to the gorgeous little thing it could become. Under my tender loving hands, this luggage rack has been granted a new lease on life.

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The quickest way to modernize this luggage rack was to spray paint it. After giving the rack a coat of spray primer, I applied two coats of Rustoleum Black Lacquer spray paint. After just once swipe of the black paint, I could already see the transformation.

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I allowed the paint to dry overnight and then I attached the new striped straps. First, I cut three straps at the same length. Then, I turned the luggage rack over, placed it on a table, and attached the middle strap using a staple gun. After I attached the first strap, I turned the rack right-side-up to make sure it was going to work before attaching the other two. Satisfied with how the first strap went on, I attached the other two. All told, attaching the straps took a total of 10 minutes!

Images: Jason Loper